Audio Review: Tithe by Holly Black (Audio)

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Title:Tithe
Author:Black, Holly
Publisher:Brilliance Audio
Pages:7 hours - 8 disks

From Brilliance Audio: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death. “Debauchery, despair, deceit, and grisly death—what more could you ask for from a fairy tale? . . . A luscious treat for fans of urban fantasy and romantic horror.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “The exquisite faeries haunt as well as charm. . . . A gripping read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review.

I read Tithe in 2009 and it was the fourth review here on this site. And by review I mean spoileriffic walk through. I remember liking the book but I didn’t think it was anything to write home about, I also had just started reading YA. So when Brilliance Audio sent me Tithe I was super excited to get back into the world because two years later I still missed Kaye and Roiben and am able better qualified to review YA.

The narrator Kate Rudd has read Daughter of Winter and Alice Bliss along with many Cliff Notes versions of fun classics like Frankenstein. Her voice is lilting and really enabled me to re-enjoy Tithe and enjoy it more this time around. Her pronunciations are at times odd to me and I think that added to the mysteriousness of this title.

Even if you have read Tithe previously I do recommend grabbing this audio version for your commute or cleaning time.

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5 Responses so far

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    YAY! I’m glad you liked the audio of Tithe! I was a fan too.

    Did you get Ironside as well? I hope you enjoy that one.

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    I haven’t read or listened to Tithe but maybe I’ll do both. I’ve long loved the cover. What can I say, I’m a bit of a butterfly gal.

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    I read Tithe last year and absolutely loved it! Maybe I’ll have to try the audio version.

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    I’ll have to remember to do this in audio if I ever get to it.

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    I have directed Katie in a few projects. She is destined to be one of the top narrators in the field.

    She has a wonderful sense of intimacy in her narrative passages, even in third person; her character development is also quite good and she gets better with every book she does.

    In addition to all this, she is as warm and genuine as her voice suggests, and a thorough professional to work with.

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