Audio Review: J. Scott Coatsworth – The Autumn Lands (Series)

51TcKMaxVKLAuthor: J. Scott Coatsworth
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Vance Bastian

Summary:   Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.

Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.

Review:
Jerrith is on the run, he was kissed by an elf and cannot remain in his hometown of Althos anymore, although he did not have much reason to stay. Caspian is running true, not sure why he kissed Jerrith but his life has been hazy since his exile from the Autumn Lands. As a stray memory remains in his mind, the two decide to run toward something rather than running from the past.

Duration: 3 hours, 13 minutes

I wanted to hear this audio book since it was narrated by Vance Bastian, who I have already enjoyed his work on a couple of other audio books. He does not disappoint and the fact that I already enjoyed this story when I first read it as part of an anthology, I was a bit anxious since I loved the story, but had heard some podcasts done by Vance, so I felt the story and characters were in good hands!

As with the other audio books I’ve heard done by Vance, he brings a new aspect to the story by bringing the characters to life in audio, capturing what you imagined when you read the story, but also bringing new aspects to the characters, as well as being faithful to the story that is as much an adventure story as it is a science fiction story.

For those who have not read The Autumn Lands before it went to audio, it is the story of a human boy, Jerrith, who is kissed by an elf, Caspian, who has been exiled from his home, the Autumn Lands, although he does not know why since his memory has been erased. The kiss leads to the two young men being on the run and as they are, Caspian’s hazy memory starts to clear, he realizes Jerrith is not just any boy and somehow, he will show him the Autumn Lands.

I really enjoyed reading the book and quite enjoyed the audio version as well, it gave me new reasons to love it! If you like science fiction/fantasy audio books, I would recommend this one. And at this point, Vance Bastian is my favorite narrator of books, at least of the books I’ve heard so far!

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