About the Book
(Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of the audiobook version of this work through NetGalley. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)
True Loaf by L. Austen Johnson was a quaint, absorbing story with a mysterious atmosphere and a mostly light tone. The plot took an exciting, unexpected turn toward the end. I did find it odd that Riley didn't question her instructions more, and I felt the characters were a bit flat and static. However, given the genre, the engaging story, and the excellent narration, those points didn't ruin my experience.
That said, I don't think I would have enjoyed this tale nearly as much had I not listened to the audiobook version of it. Everything else fell away while I listened to Penny Scott-Andrews's enchanting, articulate narration. She changed her voice to suit each character, making the dialogue easy to follow, and I loved how she captured the characters' emotions. She truly breathed life into the work.
In conclusion, listening to True Loaf was an enjoyable, immersive experience. Those interested in a brief but well-structured fairytale will likely be pleased with this work, but I recommend the audiobook version, as it elevated the work as a whole. With a brief mention of blood and a debatable instance of profanity, this story is suitable for those thirteen and older.
About the Author
To learn more about L. Austen Johnson and her work, please visit her author site at https://laustenjohnson.com.