The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner (Christian Audio)

2010 Audie Finalist for Inspirational Fiction

Narrator Tavia Gilbert’s clear, youthful diction adds appeal to her portrayal of college student Lauren Durough. She captures Lauren’s determination to be independent, even though she relies on her parents for her college tuition. With empathy Gilbert portrays Lauren’s job interview with octogenarian Abigail Boyle. Gilbert maintains a high emotional pitch as Lauren learns how Mercy reaches from the past to the present to transform this contemporary young woman. AudioFile

Gilbert’s sensitive reading makes Lauren’s indecisiveness and self-doubt seem natural; she provides a nice contrast between Lauren and her straight-talking “get-over-yourself” roommate. She is equally adept with the male and Hispanic characters, especially a wannabe boyfriend. Gilbert captures life during the witch hunt madness and uses soft, caressing tones to tell of Mercy’s growing affection for a young man and a flat, expressionless voice when Mercy grieves for her father. Gilbert reveals many facets of this doomed, brave girl in this fine inspirational title. Booklist