Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, May 27 Edition

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky (Montague Siblings, Book 1.5) by Mackenzi Lee; narrated by Christian Coulson
Release date: 11-26-19
ISBN: 9780062968883 

Monty and Percy are finally together.  Taking place shortly after The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, this novella details the boys’ struggles to “get lucky.”  Trouble finding privacy and their nerves are working against them.  Help from Monty’s sister may be doing more harm than good. When will the time and place be right?

Christian Coulson’s characterization of Monty, Percy and others voices is fantastic.  Those who listened to Vice and Virtue will recognize Coulson’s voice. A short comedy of mismatched situations and expectations, this quick dip back into Monty and Percy’s lives is a joy for fans.

Those who enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue will be happy to see these characters again.  Also, listeners looking for a short and sweet romance will find that here.

Cathy Outten

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Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland; narrated by Bahni Turpin and Jordan Cobb
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781094113593

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene and Katherine Devereaux flee into the open prairie hoping to head west and eventually arrive in a new town called Nicodemus. Nicodemus falls due to a major miscalculation by Gideon Carr and Jane and Katherine try to escape yet again with their lives. Jane is bit by one of the undead and Katherine manages to get away. Jane survives the bite due to the vaccine Gideon had tested on her in Dread Nation but loses a hand in the process. She eventually makes her way across the west, killing shamblers and becoming a bounty hunter to survive. Now Jane has only one goal: to end Gideon Carr for good.  

Deathless Divide shows just what happened to Jane after the fall of Summerland and adds in the first person thoughts of Katherine to great effect.  Readers will experience much of the action as well as the feelings of romance and friendship that appeared in Dread Nation. Turpin and Cobb have great voices for narration and listeners will enjoy their friendly bickering. The novel goes into some of the racism and discrimination of America in the 1880s and even features naturally written gay, bi-sexual and asexual characters of color.  

Readers who enjoyed zombie mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Dearly Departed as well as historical fiction like the Lady Janie series by Cynthia Hand and Under a Painted Sky will enjoy the first novel (Dread Nation) and this sequel. 

–Natalie LaRocque