White Cat, Black Dog: Stories

Books on Tape. Mar. 2023. 7:51 hrs. ISBN 9780593677377. $76. F
Master short story writer Link (Get in Trouble) offers a collection of seven reinvented fairy tales for the modern age. In “The White Cat’s Divorce,” a man is rescued by a talking cat who runs a marijuana farm. In another story, “Prince Hat Underground,” Gary must travel to Hell to recover the man he loves. In “The Lady and the Fox,” a girl falls in love with a man who appears only when it is snowing. Each story features a fantastical element of surprise. The collection is read by a full cast, including Rebecca Lowman, Dan Stevens, Dominic Hoffman, Kristin Sieh, Ish Klein, Tanya Cubric, and Patton Oswalt. The talented ensemble provides a varied and multilayered listening experience; each narrator is perfectly paired with the story they narrate. Although all of the readings are excellent, Stevens (“Prince Hat Underground”) and Cubric (“The Lady and the Fox”) provide especially compelling performances.
VERDICT Patrons who enjoy the bizarre and fantastical will be enchanted. Share with fans of Christina Henry’s Into the Forest or A.A. Balaskovits’s Strange Folk You’ll Never Meet.
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