Posted by: kewhite | June 10, 2014

HERE AND AGAIN by Nicole R. Dickson

Available now from Blackstone Audio.9500-square-400

From the Publisher:

“Deep in the Shenandoah Valley, the present and the past are as restless as the river mists. And when they collide, the heart is the only compass pointing home.

For nurse Ginger Martin, her late husband’s farm is both a treasured legacy and the harbinger of an uncertain future. Since he was recently killed in Iraq, every day is fraught with grief that won’t abate. Keeping the farm going and nourishing her children’s hopes without him seems as impossible as having dreams for the future—or going back into the past.

By a curious coincidence, a stranger appears in Ginger’s life, always showing up to help in unexpected and much-needed ways. He says he’s a soldier, lost and trying to make his way home, but Ginger understands that Samuel is a kindred spirit, longing to repair a life interrupted. The challenges of their hopes and longings will test who they really are in the most heartbreaking of ways. And only by coming to terms with their losses and the necessity of change will Ginger and Samuel be able to each make a future of their own—and discover at last where their true home lies.”

From the review at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog:

Karen White narrates the audio version of Here and Again and she does an outstanding job!  I’ve been a fan of her work for a while and I think this is her best effort to date.  She does a fabulous job with voices and even makes some animal sounds!  The book is worth listening to just for her narration.”

My Recording Experience:

I was enchanted with this book from the moment I heard about it.  Though I grew up partly in Richmond, Virginia and still have a lot of family there, I’ve never been to the Shenandoah Valley.  This book makes me want to remedy that.  In addition to painting (past and present) western Virginia in delicious tones, Dickson‘s writing resonates because of the inner struggle of its main character to do what’s right.  Ginger’s journey was a quiet but deeply emotional one, and getting to play her story out along with that of all the other quirky people around her (alive or dead…?) was a joy.  This story will stick with me for a long time (and I can’t stop talking about it – to the point that my children are sick of hearing about it).  I hope it will for you, too.

On a more prosaic note, I had a great time going over accents with Nicole Dickson.  She had some definite ideas about how Samuel would speak, that his accent was a unique combination of someone who had grown up in the mountains and then went away for his education.  We both did a good deal of You Tube research – Ms. Dickson found a sample of two girls from West Virginia to give me an idea of what was in her head.  I also added the sounds of  this interview of a Civil War veteran into the mix for Samuel.  And for fun, you might enjoy this story on the dialects of Southern Appalachia.

Listen to a sample of the audiobook here (between Ginger and her father, both from the Pacific Northwest.  To hear the Virginia accents, you’ll have to listen to the whole book!):

 

 

Posted by: kewhite | June 9, 2014

Spoken Freely presents SUMMER SHORTS ’14

summershorts14finalThe audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate Junevis Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All proceeds from sales of the collection will go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.

Throughout June 2014, 1-2 stories, poems and essays will be released online each day via Going Public, as well as on various author and book blogs. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, pieces will be available for free online listening on their day of release. As a bonus for those who purchase the full collection from Tantor Media in support of ProLiteracy, there are over 20 additional tracks only available via the compilation download. Full release schedule can be found on the Spoken Freely page of the Going Public blog.

About ProLiteracy

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Its publishing division, New Readers Press (NRP), has for more than 40 years provided educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens literacy skills for functioning in the world today. Materials are available in a variety of media, including the flagship publication, the weekly news source News for You, which delivers articles online with audio. Proceeds from sales of NRP materials support literacy programs in the U.S. and worldwide.

Acknowledgments

Summer Shorts ’14 is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Post-production, marketing support and publication provided by Tantor Media . Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands. Nonprofit partnership coordination provided by Karen White.

The Blog Hop this week is all poetry:

6/8 Rachel Fulginiti, Jasmine Comes Up, by Rumi @ author MV Freeman’s blog

6/9 David Drummond, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! By Emily Dickinson @ Overreader

Patrick Lawlor, Miracles, by Walt Whitman @ Overreader

6/10 Paul Boehmer, Mother’s Ashes, by Kimberly Morgan @ Reading in Winter

Robin Miles, Sonnets 23, 74, by Shakespeare @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books

6/11 John Lee, The Stolen Child, by W.B. Yeats @ Literate Housewife

Kathe Mazur , An Ancient Gesture, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

6/12 Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell & Kathe Mazur, Sonnets 2, 4, 6 from Renascence & Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

Coleen Marlo, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning @ AudioGals

6/13 Katherine Kellgren, Father William, by Lewis Carroll @ Overreader

Carrington MacDuffie, Al’s Boy, by Carrington MacDuffie @ Beth Fish Reads

6/14 Diane Havens, So Long, by Walt Whitman @ Author Michael Stephen Daigle’s blog

John Pruden, The Funny Little Fellow, by James Whitcomb Riley @ Going Public

and next week, short stories…

 

Posted by: kewhite | May 27, 2014

FORGOTTEN SINS by Rebecca Zanetti

Sin Brothers series, #1.forgotten-sins-_6-72

Available now from Hachette Audio.

From the Publisher:

His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?

From the review at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews:

“I listened to the audiobook narrated by Karen White, who knocks it out of the ballpark! I have listened to other books by this actress and enjoyed them but this one was above and beyond. She really added to the smexy scenes and made them come to life. I am talking a work of art with the tone, pace and emotion she adds to her voice. Seriously fantastic and I hope she does the rest of the series. It is rare that a woman can get me squirming from the read, but she sells it bigtime!

I am super excited to see what happens next in the series. With dishy brothers who have intense Alpha written all over them it is bound to be just as fabulous as this one! The ebooks are out for most of the series but I am holding out for the audiobook cause it gave me super happy ears!!”

From the review at The Reading Date:

Karen White performs this audiobook, and this is my first experience with her narration…White’s performance conveyed the right tone for this story and made the action come alive. Josie’s voice sounded appropriately weary because of all of the crazy stuff happening around her, and the performance evolves with the character, as Josie gets feistier later in the story. I liked White’s male voices in this book- very convincing and not overdone. Malloy, Shane, the brothers, and Tom all had distinct voices. I’d stick with the audio for the sequel.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration is more than capably provided by Karen White, who deftly delineates the character voices and points of view without the change in pitch, delivery or tone becoming a distraction or feeling inappropriate.  I had a few concerns when requesting this for review, both out of my preferred genre, and what I assumed to be a very male-heavy plot, but White’s narration fit perfectly and kept me entertained and involved in the story throughout the time I spent listening.”

From the review at Hot Listens:

“Karen White is an experienced narrator…there isn’t much to criticize about her technique, so in this case it comes down to how much you enjoy her style.  Her interpretation of Shane was excellent; I clearly got his possessiveness, his strength, as well as his softer side. Her rendition of Josie yields a strong heroine with relatable insecurities. I got a good understanding of her courage, and the end result is a very likable heroine…I highly recommend this audio to any fan of Romantic suspense. The plot, the characters, and this great interpretation make Forgotten Sins a super entertaining listen.”

From the review at The Geeky Bloggers Book Blog:

“Karen White was really good at catching the “tone” of Forgotten Sins. She had the right pacing for the thrilling parts and knew when to slow it down a pinch for the heart to hearts! I will be continuing this on audio even if I have to wait :)”

From the review at Rabid Reads:

This was my first experience with Karen White as a narrator, and I have to say that I was impressed. It took a couple of chapters for her to get the pacing down pat, but once she found her rhythm there was no stopping her! White’s tone mirrored the author’s writing to perfection; she successfully conveyed all of the characters’ emotions in any given scene, and also managed to capture the sexiness of Dean’s Southern twang. Needless to say, I enjoyed the narrator’s delivery, and will definitely be listening to SWEET REVENGE instead of reading it. What an outstanding performance!”

My Recording Experience:

I’ve been having a blast recording this series and I’m so glad I’ve discovered author Rebecca Zanetti!  Her heroines are wonderfully tortured emotionally and deliciously alpha, heroines feisty and full of heart.  And her narrative writing flows so well that it’s a breeze to record.  I’ve already recorded #2 in the series, Matt’s story SWEET REVENGE.  Can’t wait for the next one.

Listen to a sample here:

 

Posted by: kewhite | May 26, 2014

NOT THE KILLING TYPE by Lorna Barrett

Booktown Mystery Series, #7F0066_KillingType_D

Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

It’s November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover—Tricia’s own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn’t in the race for long.

When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister—she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

Tricia soon uncovers a ballot box full of lies and betrayals, and a chamber full of people who had grudges against the victim. But were they serious enough to lead to murder? It’s up to Tricia to pull the lever on a killer before it’s curtains for someone else.

My recording experience:

Another romp in Booktown, with “town jinx” Tricia and the crazy cast of other booksellers and other locals.  I fell in love with Tricia’s new assistant, Pixie in this one – even though for some reason I kept mixing up their names and saying “Trixie”.  Mental typos, I guess!  Pixie’s Christmas decorations and her gift to Tricia were particularly fun.  Again, if you’re a cozy mystery fan, this will be right up your alley.  Watch out for a giveaway coming in June – I’ll give away the CDs of this as well as #6 and #8 in the series as part of my June is Audiobook Month festivities!

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | April 30, 2014

IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING by Julie James plus GIVEAWAY!

Book #5 in the FBI/US Attorney series.B1617_HappenedWedding_D

Available May 6, 2014 at Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

“After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are . . .

Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without. “

From the AudioGals review:

“Once again, Karen White’s dead-on delivery enhances an already A+ level story. She gives it just the right dry tone for Sidney’s sarcasm, and voices the youthful exuberance of Sidney’s sister and Vaughn’s brother, so in love Sidney wonders when woodland animals will start winding around their ankles in tribute to Disney cartoons… I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with them all. Thank you, Julie and Karen, for making my whole weekend. Maybe my whole year.”

From The Book Nympho Review:

Karen White delivered a great performance. I do believe I’ve found another author/narrator team to add to my auto buy list.”

From the Eargasms Audiobook Review:

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Karen White, who brings extra heat to the naughty bits. She has great voices that are consistent and distinct. This book she gets the added challenge of an Irish accent with the mom. She does a fabulous job as always with the energy and flow of the read. I can always depend on her to add emotion to the key points and urgency to the hot and heavy scenes.”

My recording experience:

Those of you who know me know I can go on and on about how much I love recording Julie’s fabulously funny and heartfelt contemporary romances.  But what I don’t talk about so much perhaps is how much Julie challenges me.  Her books always have a veritable herd of male characters, a workout for the vocal cords in and of itself.  And then they keep coming back! In IHOW there was a scene where ALL the former heroes are in one room – a lot of testosterone to convey and keep track of. (And there’s one guy who makes an appearance in the book that Julie James fans who have read all of her books — hint, hint– will be tickled by.)

I think what was particularly well done in IHOW in particular is the progression of the relationship.  Both Sidney and Vaughan are so resistant to allowing it to happen.  Their attitudes make complete sense when you know their backstories — so even if they seem like a prickly pill and a slick player to begin with, you get why they are the way they are and how they can grow enough to see outside of this POV to new possibilities.  This whole arc was just a joy to record.

For a sampling of the ongoing battle between Sidney and Vaughan, listen here:

 

AND THE GIVEAWAY:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Lee F. is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

 

Posted by: kewhite | April 28, 2014

MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF by Lorna Barrett

Book 6 in the Booktown Mystery Series.F0065_MurderShelf_D

Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfort’s Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run.

But it won’t be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippa’s murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippa’s husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved—and believed dead—for nearly twenty years.

Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesn’t believe him capable of murder, even though he’s led a life of lies. Especially when she discovers that Pippa had a few secrets of her own—some that may have been worth killing for.

My Recording Experience:

It’s never easy to take over a series from another narrator, both because fans can be disappointed and because I don’t want to take work away from someone else.  But I got the blessing of the series’ previous narrator and my good friend Cassandra Campbell before signing on to do the next three books in this delightful series (she simply couldn’t fit them into her committed schedule).  And Lorna Barrett’s writing was so fun to bring to life in what I am appreciating as full on cozy mystery style:  down-to-earth crime-solving heroine, quirky small town characters and cute animals in a whodunit – what’s not to love?

Listen to a sample here:

 

Posted by: kewhite | April 26, 2014

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister

Available now from Harper Audio Girls Guide to Vampires

From the Publisher:

Joy Randall’s Top 5 Tips for Vampire Hunters:

  • Location, location, location. Vampires won’t be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, ten-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn’t be there, neither would a bloodsucker.
  • Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He’s your vampire.
  • No matter how tempting it might be, do not “accidentally” acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better.
  • Play it cool. Don’t offer to accompany your prince of the night on the talk-show circuit, and whatever you do, don’t offer him your heart!
  • Most of all, remember: being a vampire is nothing to laugh about.

My recording experience:

I had an absolute blast recording this book.  MacAlister is fabulously funny and takes paranormal romance to a whole new giggly place.  Her hero is swoon-worthy (but flawed, of course) her heroine is a hoot (stubbornly independent AND self-doubting).  I hope you have as much fun listening as I had recording!

From a review at I Am, Indeed:

Narration is provided by Karen White who manages to slip in and out of voices and accents with near seamless precision: adding in a tone and breathing that emphasizes moments of exasperation, insecurity, tension, anger and even sexual frustration and satisfaction.  The French accents are spot on, with a solidly Slavic intonation in the voices of Christophe and the police captain, and the smooth yet often frustrated and flummoxed British accent affixed to Raphael managed to convey him with panache.  Never overreaching for male or female voices, all of the characters were clearly delineated and crisply delivered  and added to the character visualizations.”

From a review at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews:

“I listened to the audiobook on this one and the narrator, Karen White, did a great job. I liked the voices and felt she did a fantastic job of giving distinct changes to each character’s voice. I never had a moment when I doubted who was speaking. She also did a great job of conveying the emotions, enhancing the storytelling.”

Listen to a sample here:  

And, hey!  Not only did I have fun with this book, two of my best narrator girl friends, Cassandra Campbell (Sex, Lies and Vampires) and Hillary Huber (Sex and the Single Vampire) recorded books in the series out today.  We talked about it with the amazing Brenda, check it out at AudioGals.

Available now from Audible.com.51ve0nILaPL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“A woman unexpectedly finds her best self through a sleepy bundle handed over at the airport in this heartfelt and surprising memoir.

In Make Me a Mother, acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting their six-month-old son, Jin, at the airport – an incident made memorable when Susanne, so eager to meet her son, is chased down by security – Susanne and her husband learn lessons common to all parents, such as the lack of sleep and the worry and joy of loving a child. They also learn lessons particular to their own family: not just how another being can take over your life but how to let an entire culture in, how to discuss birth parents who gave up a child, and the tricky steps required to navigate race in America.

In the end, her relationship with her son teaches Susanne to understand her own troubled childhood and to forgive and care for her own aging parents. Susanne comes to realize how, time and time again, all families have to learn to adopt one another.”

My recording experience:

I love narrating memoir.  Oftentimes, publishers choose to have the author narrate their own work, somewhat naturally I guess, as one gets the story from the horse’s mouth, as it were.  But the other side of the coin is that my training as an actor allows me to express an author’s words and thought/feelings more fully and engage the listener, taking them on a well-crafted journey.  Luckily, author Susanne Antonetta had the same idea, so I got to read her story for her.  We had a great conversation and it turned into the following interview.

The interview:

KW: So, I have to ask first: Suzanne Paola/ Susanne Antonetta – why the alter ego?

SA: You know, when I lived in Atlanta and worked as a freelance writer, I had something like five pseudonyms! I get asked this question a lot and I’m not sure I can fully explain it. Maybe it works for me as a person who is bipolar, who is aware of what you could call almost the edges of my different selves. Antonetta is a family name, the name of a kind of a “lost” woman in my father’s family. I tell her story in Body Toxic. And my legal name was shortened by my father—it was originally Pietropaolo—so somehow it has never felt quite as mine as other people seem to feel their family names to be. All I know is that each of my identities has her own way of approaching writing—sometimes I call Susanne Antonetta my “evil twin.” She’s the honest one!

KW: Just reading this book, it is obvious that you also write poetry because your prose is so beautifully imagistic. But in looking at your bio, I see that you have a huge range of interests: “My work encompasses the environment, mental health and diversity, spirituality, the sciences, parenting and other subjects.” How do these fit together or feed each other in your writing and/or your parenting?

SA: Emily Dickinson wrote, “my business is circumference”—meaning, my business as a writer is including as much as possible, spreading the net wide. I tend to be interested in a lot of things, and to have little desire to repeat myself in my books. Right now, for example, my interest in the environment is no less than when I wrote Body Toxic, but it is far more engaged in community activism and less in writing.

KW: You are very forthright in your discussions of being bi-polar and how it affected your decision not to have children. Was it difficult to make the decision to include this in your book?

SA: Honestly, no, not at this point. I have been writing about being bipolar or manic-depressive since my earliest books of poetry, and I cover this a great deal in my first book of nonfiction, Body Toxic.

Revealing this about myself left me vulnerable in many ways, and I can’t say it’s not complicated. As a poet, I would sometimes hide behind the idea of “poetic persona.” And after I started writing nonfiction I learned my then-department chair—long gone now, thank goodness—used what he knew about me from my books in a negative way, telling my colleagues I was “unbalanced” if I disagreed with him. But the upside is that people who had felt this was a deep dark secret for them started contacting me, not just students but faculty and employees at my university, and folks who’d read the book all over the country, saying thank you, I could never talk about this. That was so so valuable for me, to realize I’d given other people permission to accept themselves as they are. I’ve never wanted to hide again.

KW: I loved this quote: “Psychiatrist E. James Lieberman writes: “In talking with prospective parents, I suggest—provocatively—that couples are ready for parenthood only when they can imagine adopting. Indeed, we all have to adopt our children psychologically.” Though I myself made a conscious choice to try to have a child, with ambivalence, I’d never quite thought of it on Lieberman’s terms and it is provocative – it feels as though I might not have thought things through to the extent that I might have. What was your response when you first read it?

SA: Oh, it was kind of a shudder of realization of the deep truth of it! I am so wildly different from my parents in every way. Biology creates in some ways more the illusion of likeness than the real thing—genes are not this simple roadmap many folks want them to be. Any child, birthed, step, or adopted, is his or her own unique being. Accepting the autonomy and difference of our children is the ultimate love—until you do that, you’re caught somewhere in your own ego. And I think with the many people in our country parenting children who are the product of remarriages, assisted reproductive technologies, adoption or simply their own maddeningly different selves—this love of difference is perhaps the book’s most resonant message.

Suzanne Paola Headshots-1

KW: You say, “When I was my son’s age, I would never have imagined I’d help my parents through the last years of their lives, and my parents would have imagined it even less.” (p. 15) Is this something that you still struggle with?

SA: You know, it’s so interesting that you asked me this question. Until I read it, actually, I’m not sure what I would have said in response (so thank you for perceptive questions!). I realized that truly, I don’t struggle with it anymore. Even a few years ago the irony of my present life would have struck more deeply than it does now. I’ve accepted this situation: I’m in it with my parents until they don’t need me any longer. And that fact would have really shocked me when I was younger. I think my story is evidence that we all grow and stretch in life in ways that don’t seem possible.

KW: “I don’t know how to separate my mother’s instincts from my writer’s instincts—the two were inextricably connected, and still are—but I do recall how much this new person in my life, who held my eyes with such naked curiosity, filled me with the drive to record my stories. I wanted to leave him a record, a guide to my life that was now his, and get down on paper some of what it meant, as far as I could give it meaning, to have this strange gift of life.” (p. 45) Here you share the impulse to write the stories that eventually became this book. Can you share a bit of what got these pieces from stories that you simply wanted to get down to a whole journey that you wanted to share with the rest of the world?

SA: That is hard to say! I will just put in here that an editor and many of my friends, informal readers of my work, would tell me that when Jin came into my books—which he always has, to some degree, since he appeared in my life—the prose really seemed to come alive. Which makes sense: nothing has ever made me feel more alive than being a mother. The story of my relationship with my son has been part of everything I’ve written, whether he appeared in the story on the surface of it or not, since he came into my life. He changed me; he reworked my universe. It made sense to finally tell stories through the lens of the person who has meant the most to me in the world.

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | March 30, 2014

THE NEW RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE by Martha C. Nussbaum

Available now from Audible.com 513zjTvOuzL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“Drawing inspiration from philosophy, history, and literature, Martha C. Nussbaum takes us to task for our religious intolerance, identifies the fear behind it, and offers a way past fear toward a more equitable, imaginative, and free society, through the consistent application of universal principles of respect for conscience.”

 

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | March 28, 2014

DUSK and other stories by James Salter

Available now from Audible.com61oKP0S3XaL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

First published nearly a quarter-century ago and one of the very few short-story collections to win the PEN/Faulkner Award, this is American fiction at its most vital – each narrative a masterpiece of sustained power and seemingly effortless literary grace. Two New York attorneys newly flush with wealth embark on a dissolute tour of Italy; an ambitious young screenwriter unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of art and glory; a rider, far off in the fields, is involved in an horrific accident – night is falling, and she must face her destiny alone.
These stories confirm James Salter as one of the finest writers of our time.

My recording experience:

I only recorded one story in this collection which also includes work by five other veteran narrators: Edoardo Ballerini, LJ Ganser, David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, and Gabra Zackman.  I’m honored to be included in such a list of talented artists.  What I love about recording older titles such as this is that you get to work with a writing style that may not be current, but that has a great deal of merit.  My story was imagistic, which is challenging because it’s easy to get lost in the imagery and lose the throughline and action.  Hopefully I found the right balance!

Listening to a sample here:

 

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »

Categories

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,190 other followers