cover image Incantation


Alice Hoffman, , read by Jenna Lamia. . Brilliance Audio, $19.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4233-2359-4

Lamia adopts a vaguely Spanish tone for her reading of Hoffman's tale of a 16-year-old girl in 16th-century Spain who discovers she is a converso —a Jewish convert to Christianity whose family secretly practices the Jewish faith. Lamia trills her R s and renders her vowels pleasantly strange, sounding more like a Spaniard attempting to tread the unfamiliar ground of English than a native speaker. This strategy occasionally dips toward self-parody, but on the whole, Lamia is pleasant to listen to, and the slightly childish, perky tone of her voice is just right for Hoffman's teenage protagonist. Her unusual reading provides an air of mystery that is entirely appropriate for this story of secret lives unraveled. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)