SYNC Summer Audiobooks 2021 Week 3

Just a reminder that SYNC Summer Audiobooks is now available. You can pick up a free audiobook or audiobooks if you decided to read both for free. This week’s selection is available from May 13th to 19th.

About The Book:

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

About the Audiobook:

In this Chinese-inspired fantasy, narrator Nancy Wu makes Princess Hesina’s reluctance to be heir to the throne fully believable. When her father is murdered and Hesina becomes queen at age 17, Wu transforms her as she learns to focus on the well-being of her subjects while also finding out who killed the king. Wu maintains a well-balanced pace through the extensive world-building as she weaves an atmosphere of political intrigue. She draws upon a broad range of voices to help the listener navigate the complex plot. Wu also proves to be adept at using tone to distinguish older people who seek to advise Hesina, particularly her mother and senior military advisors, from her contemporaries.

About The Audiobook:

Kenneth Williams–best known from the British “Carry On” films–gives an extravagantly theatrical performance of Waley’s adaptation of a Chinese classic (JOURNEY TO THE WEST), matching the fantastic world of the story, filled with Chinese deities and monsters and Monkey’s larger-than-life shenanigans. Williams provides many character voices, some rather silly, rolls his r’s, exclaims, declaims, and verbally “carries on,” but avoids going over the top by changing to a sedate narration at well-chosen intervals. He fills China with an assortment of British class and regional accents, but it works. An echoing sound in this archival recording, no worse than in some theatrical recordings, fades from notice without distracting. It’s a bravura performance of a delightful text; Naxos deserves thanks for making a great listening pleasure available again.

This week I am really excited to download Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. This has been on my TBR since it first came out. Not sure why I never read it and its been sitting on my shelf since I bought it so now is the perfect time to listen and read the book.

I am also curious about Monkey as well. So I might give that one a try too.

Have you read either of these?