The Imposter Bride

by Nancy Richler
Published by Tantor
Literary Fiction/Literature

Audie Finalist 2014

Tavia Gilbert’s performance of this audiobook is strong and easy to absorb. The imposter of the title is a mystery woman who has taken the identity of another, and taken her place in Montreal after leaving Europe in the wake of WWII. Gilbert narrates the novel with skill and verve, infusing the characters with their own voices and inflections. On the whole, the story is interesting but slow paced, and even Gilbert’s gifts can’t make up for the inconsistent narrative. Still, some listeners may get swept up in the mystery of Lily and the choices she makes. A likable performance goes a long way, and Gilbert’s compassion toward her characters is appealing. AudioFile Magazine