Acclaimed author Lian Tanner's Icebreaker was shortlisted for Australia's Aurealis Award for Best Children's Book. Here 12-year-old Petrel is an outcast surviving in the shadows aboard the Oyster, a 300-year-old icebreaker. Risking everything to save a frozen boy found adrift, Petrel quickly uncovers the disturbing truth about both the ship and a secret mission of death and destruction.
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by Lian Tanner
by Brian Farrey
"Ann Marie Gideon expertly narrates this mystery, set entirely aboard the ship OYSTER, which has been sailing a frozen ocean for 300 years, causing its crew to devolve into three tense factions. Gideon's depiction of each character is so unique that listeners can easily identify what tribe each belongs to: Braid, for officers; Grease, for engineers; or Dufftown, for kitchen staff. As Petrel, who has no caste and only two talking rats for friends, Gideon's tone expresses independence and conviction. The rescue of a boy on the ice causes a wave of suspicion to permeate the ship. But Petrel befriends him and tries to provide protection. Gideon has a special gift for rendering the layers of tension, suspicion, and fear penned by Tanner into a spine-tingling audio production. M.F.T. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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