Once upon a River

13 CDs. S. & S. Audio. Dec. 2018. 16:30 hrs. ISBN 9781508256779. $39.99. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarBoth giving and taking life, the river Thames flows through England and provides the setting for this tale. On a cold night in midwinter, a mysterious injured stranger stumbles into a cozy inn. In his arms is a young girl—a girl first dead and then alive. Known for their love of and prowess with storytelling, the inn's inhabitants swiftly tell, retell, and carry the story of these peculiar events to others. Soon three families set out to reclaim those children whom they believed to be lost. Just like the river, this story ebbs and flows in, around, and through the lives of those people connected by their land and folklore. Narrator Juliet Stevenson gives a perfectly paced performance that both captivates the listener and mirrors the fluid current of the tale. Each character is beautifully articulated with rich and varying tones and nuanced inflections. Setterfield's (The Thirteenth Tale) superior work will enchant and enthrall.
VERDICT This title is an essential purchase for libraries whose patrons appreciate literary fiction with a touch of the unreal. ["Recommended to readers who enjoy popular or historical fiction with gothic twists as well as fans of the author's other novels": LJ 9/15/18 starred review of the Atria hc.]
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