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by Gail Levine

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Audie Award Finalist

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Approximate Running Time:  8¼ hours

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1The story of Aza's adoption. (4:56, about 5.7)
Sample 2Ivy shares her song with Aza. (3:00, about 3.4)

"Fairest, set in a kingdom where singing is the natural form of dialogue, is transformed from words on a page into a fully-scored, full cast audiobook. From the director/composer to sound engineer, lead narrator/singer to minor cast member, each member of this masterful ensemble contributes to an enhanced work of literature, defining distinguished production."
Finalist: Distinguished Achievement in Production
    — 2009 Audie Judge's Panel
"The Full Cast actors expertly read and sing the story of Aza and Ayortha - a country where beautiful music and singing are prized above everything else."
A 2009 Amazing Audiobooks Selection
    — Amazing Audiobooks Committee
"What fun! A full-cast audio production is a great vehicle for presenting this fairy tale. Set in a land where writing songs and singing them is a highly admired skill, the story offers a combination of singing and speaking roles for a rich cast of characters. The skilled cast makes the most of their roles and appears to be having great fun."
Earphones Award
    — Audiofile Dec/Jan 2008-09
"Composer director Todd Hobin has created melodies for all the story's lyrics and songs, making it a portable Broadway musical. Full Cast Audio uses richly expressive voices with a variety of accents to create a delightful listening experience. ... an excellent choice for family travels or classroom listening."
    — KLIATT September, 2008   Starred Review
"The performance by Sarah Naughton and a full cast is excellent. Listeners will be dazzled by this entertaining production."
    — School Library Journal July, 2008
"A huge cast voices more than 20 characters, who speak and sing music composed by Todd Hobin. The magnificent performers employ different vocal registers and accents. Sarah Naughton plays the part of Aza with versatility and ease, and Alice Morigi is appropriately haughty as the Duchess of Olixo. Occasional touches of humor (the cook’s “Omelette Song” and Ivi’s high-pitched rendition of “Healing Song”) contrast with more serious moments, such as the sweet love song of Prince Ijori (played by Adam Wahlberg). Speaking and singing weave in and out of the production; solos, duets, and choruses comprise many musical numbers, which range from simple lute arrangements to a majestic liturgical church service. This outstanding audio—a magical fairy tale romance—will capture listeners’ hearts."
    — Booklist June 1, 2008   Starred Review
"Levine's enchanting, intelligent fairy tale, set in a kingdom devoted to singing, lends itself well to full-cast production; this one features 32 voices. Composer Todd Hobin has set Levine's lyrics to music; Naughton does a terrific job as maid Aza, the narrator, a demanding role that requires near-operatic talents. Homely Aza, abandoned at birth, not only sings like a lark, she can throw her voice and mimic others, a skill she calls illusing. ...This is a rare case: the book itself is superb, but the audio production surpasses it."
    — Publisher's Weekly   Starred Review

Meet the Cast:

Bob AllenSir Enole
David BakerzhamM
Bill BlackFather
Daniel BostickSkulni
Nathan Glyn BostickOllo (child)
Lisa ChelenzaLucinda
Michael ConnorSir Uellu
Todd HobinMaster Library Keeper
Kate HuddlestonFrying Pan
Richard McKeeKing Oscaro
Doug MoncrieffTroubadour
Alice MorigiDuchess of Olixo
Sarah NaughtonAza (Narrator)
Jill OzinskyLady Arona
Kelly ParksYarry (young)
Andrew PollockYarry (older)
Brian PringleIzzi (Guard)
Katie ReedAreida
Kevin ShumwayCount Amosa
Tamaralee ShuttMistress Audra
Ryan SparkesOllo (teen)
Lauren SyngerQueen Ivi
Patti ThompsonMother
Adam WahlbergPrince Ijori
Directed by:Todd Hobin
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