The Fortune Teller’s Daughter




“Harry Sterling’s life has descended into mediocrity. While pretending to write a book while filling a temporary teaching post at a small university in a stagnant north Florida town, he discovers an unlikely potential topic for a real book: a local psychic has implied that a renowned physicist stole the discovery named after him. T. Ryder Smith’s round, warm voice delivers a credible performance of Harry’s trajectory from sharp-minded former investigative reporter to fuzzy drunk. Smith has the ability to melt into the story while providing careful portrayals of each voice in a multiple-character dialogue so the listener easily identifies each speaker. When Harry becomes drawn to the psychic’s relative, Maggie, Smith succeeds at creating questions about her apparent dim-wittedness, and Harry’s attraction to her.”
– N.M.C., Audiofile magazine

“The book is a good, very original story, but the narrator’s southern accents are so bad that it warps the entire book. They are hard to understand and make the southern characters all sound like stroke victims. It divides the characters into normal people and bizarrely slurring morons. I live in Mississippi and I can assure you that people don’t talk like this. It really detracts from what could have been a very enjoyable listen.”
J.E.N., reader review

“An interesting, if a little convoluted tale which was unfortunately dominated by the unbelievably appalling attempt by the narrator to sound like a woman, a reasonably young woman of intelligence and inventiveness . . . this narrator turned her into an ancient and very sick crone! Ruined the book, utterly!”
Margaret from Longniddry, UK, reader review