cover image Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor, read by Steve West. Hachette Audio, , unabridged, 15 CDs, 18.5 hrs., $30 ISBN 978-1-47891305-4

It’s odd that the audio edition of this epic YA novel by Taylor—which unfolds from the alternating perspectives of Lazlo Strange, the unassuming librarian who is poised to have the adventure of a lifetime, and Sarai, the lonely blue goddess who visits him in dreams—does not use two actors for the lead characters, as is common practice. However, West’s performance is excellent: his rich voice and British accent make for easy listening throughout, and he can also stretch himself to memorably portray various bit parts. Particularly affecting are his renditions of an elderly librarian colleague of Lazlo’s and of Minya, a wicked sister of sorts to Sarai. West also captures both the strength and despair of the Godslayer, a warrior still trying to come to terms with the carnage he once wrought in order to save his people. At more than 18 hours, this audio book offers a sweeping escape to a distant realm, perfect to pass the hours of any long trip. Ages 15–up. [em]A Little, Brown hardcover. (Mar.) [/em]