Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente, Read by Heath Miller
An Entrancing Children’s Fantasy
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Narrator Heath Miller is entrancing in Catherynne M. Valente’s adventurous middle-grade fantasy, Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the lively and engaging story of 13-year-old Osmo, who longs for an interesting life out of Littlebridge, and finds it in unfortunate circumstances. Osmo now must enter the woods with unwilling companions—Bonk the Cross, a skadgebat (skunk-badger-wombat), and Nevermore, the pangirlin. Miller creates a fantastical array of character voices for each and every being, human and otherwise. Osmo’s voice is fittingly kind and soft-spoken as he ventures on his quest, while Bonk’s Scottish brogue and melodramatic crustiness is improbably endearing. Miller’s droll English accent expresses authority yet invites trust; the listener is willingly carried off to the fabled Eightpenny Woods. Excellent family listening.