By Megan Whalen Turner
Recorded Books, 1997. 7 CDs. Young Adult
Gen, a thief, is stuck in the king of Sounis's prison, until the magus, the king's scholar, gets him out. The magus, although scornful of Gen's attitude, criminal behavior, and general person, needs a thief, and Gen is rumored to be the best. They, along with a couple other companions, set out on a nearly impossible quest: to find a stone, a gift of the gods, that when stolen and given to a monarch gives that monarch the indisputable right to rule.
With a fascinating plot, unexpected twists and turns, and an excellent narrator, this book on CD has it all. It's book one in series, but it wraps up nicely rather than having a cliffhanger ending. A great choice for fans of adventure, fantasy, or just really good books.