In an alternate present the minds of teen offenders are uploaded into computers for rehabilitation—a form of virtual wilderness therapy. Zach is a homo cognoscens, one of the new humans who can navigate the Fulgrid. Though still a high school student, he is indentured to the Fulgur Corporation as a counsellor. Laura is a homo sapiens. Their story is part odyssey, part tragedy, part riff on the nature of consciousness.
Start reading or listening from Chapter One.
Corvus is available as MP3 podcasts, narrated by the wonderful bilingual Welsh actor Ioan Hefin, whose unstinting generosity and support have made this audiobook project possible.
Ioan has worked as an actor, writer, and director for over thirty years.
His recent work includes Apostle, The Lost Viking ,The Watcher in the Woods and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton and starring Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, and Asa Butterfield. Ioan plays Kev, the landlord of the Priest Hole. The film is available on DVD.
In 2016, he appeared in Ordinary Lies (BBC Episode 1, Series 2).
In 2015, Ioan also filmed Hinterland (BBC Episode 1, Series 2), which broadcast in 2016 and has been available on BBC iPlayer and Netflix.
He played the role of Norman in the 12-part series Dim ond y Gwir for S4C.
In 2019, he directed Earthquakes in London at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.
During the autumn of 2018, Ioan worked on the site specific production of TheTide Whisperer with National Theatre Wales , but his longest theatre role has been You Should Ask Wallace, a one-man show written and directed by Geinor Styles and based on the life of the Victorian scientist Alfred Russel Wallace. From its start in 2008, it has toured extensively. It has been performed to over 30,000 people across the UK, Singapore, and Rio de Janeiro. A video clip provides a taste of Ioan’s marvellous work.
In Ioan’s own words:
Since recording Corvus I’ve enjoyed one of my busiest times as an actor. I’m fully aware that these ‘good times’ don’t come around very often in the acting world, so I’m thoroughly enjoying myself at the moment!
Which bring me back to Corvus. My main aim was to try and justify the quality of the text. I’m still in awe of the writing. I feel truly privileged to have been involved, and the experience is one that will remain with me forever. (Having recorded at home, I now realise why editors curse actors for going beyond one take!)
How to listen
for free (listen or download chapter by chapter): online
Please note: It may take considerable time for the single zip download, but it’s easier than having to download each individual chapter.
Corvus cover photograph courtesy of Thomas Larsen