The Adults by Alison Espach (Dreamscape)

Library Journal Top 10 Fiction for 2011

Booklist Editor’s Choice Top Adult Audiobooks of 2011

BookList Starred Review

Gilbert is pitch-perfect in her delivery of the cast of likable—and unlikable—characters, including snarky teens and dramatic adults. She comes up with a multitude of distinct voices—ranging from toddler tones and teenspeak inflections to supercilious adults. The characters are memorable and totally fleshed out by Gilbert in this wry story, which follows Emily to adulthood. Pacing is dependent on the characters’ emotional responses: weariness, anger, surprise, morosity, passion. This thoroughly engaging production propels listeners to a satisfying, if not thought-provoking, conclusion. BookList

Narrator Tavia Gilbert deftly captures Emily’s vulnerability, confusion, and wry analysis as she encounters people and experiences that make her journey unique. Gilbert’s unaffected presentation avoids sensationalizing Emily’s rough language or the occasional description of a sexual encounter. Subtle shifts of tone are all Gilbert needs to give Emily a convincing voice through her ten-year journey of transformation from troubled adolescent to her own version of successful adult. AudioFile

Our audio reviewer asserted that “Audie Award nominee Tavia Gilbert’s narration adds candid poignancy to the story” about a teenage girl’s coming-of-age among adults behaving badly in mid-1990s suburban Connecticut. This is a novel that begs to be heard—literally—and is the perfect example of a top-flight narrator enhancing a story beyond the original print. Library Journal