The Marigold

Books on Tape. Apr. 2023. 10:41 hrs. ISBN 9780593791073. $85.50. HORROR
Sullivan’s (Waste) latest reveals the horrors that fester beneath the streets of a near-future Toronto. The owners of the Marigold, one of Toronto’s most infamous condo towers, will tell people that it is the pinnacle of urban living, while its actual residents might tell a different story. There’s a rot overtaking the Marigold and Toronto, an invasive fungus called the Wet. It is known to Toronto residents like health inspector Cathy Jin and 13-year-old Henrietta Brakes. Driver Sam “Soda” Dalipagic also discovers the Wet and what the city’s developers know about it. But by the time these and others realize what is happening, will it be too late? Sullivan’s story of urban dystopia and eco-horror is told through the perspectives of a variety of characters. Narrator Sean Patrick Hopkins voices them all, but his real vocal talents are displayed when voicing the horror underneath Toronto. When narrating inhuman characters, Hopkins speaks in insidious whispers and gurgling growls that will make listeners’ skin crawl.
VERDICT Though the cast is massive, each individual’s story is part of a unified whole, depicting a bleak future where corporations make deals with literal monsters in the name of progress.
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