Behind the Mic: On Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, Read by Dana Dae and a Full Cast
Jo Reed and Brian Price Discuss This Cinematic Multicast Mystery
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Fresh voice talent Dana Dae leads a cast of 15 actors who deliver a cinematic atmosphere in this intricate story set in a Caribbean resort. Host Jo Reed talks with AudioFile contributor Brian Price about how the multicast narration enhances this atmospheric listen, written by Alexis Schaitkin. A family is vacationing at an exclusive resort, and their teenage daughter goes missing. Her body is found washed up on the beach two days later and her death is never solved. Seventeen years later, her younger sister, portrayed by Dae, tries to make sense of her sister’s tragic death — and here is where the ensemble approach shines. Separate distinct voices deftly magnify the complex issues of race, class, and gender that come together in the heartrending conclusion.
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