"Calder is a Fetch, a death escort who helps the dying along their journey from Earth to Heaven. When he falls in love with a woman who is attending a dying child, he makes the fateful decision to join the world of the living, thereby upsetting the balance between Heaven and Earth and unleashing chaos he must then undo. Jack Garrett does a fine job narrating this richly written but somewhat confusing fantasy, which takes place during the Russian Revolution. His pacing carries the plot along, and his tone matches the heady subject matter. Garrett's understated narration allows the listener to focus on the plot twists and richly described settings. Subtle vocal characterizations for the main characters help distinguish their interactions with others along the round-the-world and cross-world journeys they take. J.K.R. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"