Posted by: kewhite | August 18, 2014

A DANGEROUS AGE: A NOVEL by Ellen Gilchrist

Available now from Audible.com. 51O7H1JgVPL._SL300_

From the Publisher:

“A Dangerous Age tells the story of the women of the Hand family, three cousins in a Southern dynasty rich with history and tradition who are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the novel is a celebration of the strength of these women, and of others like them. In her characteristically clear and direct prose, with its wry, no-nonsense approach to the world and the people who inhabit it, Gilchrist gives voice to women on a collision course with a distant war that, in truth, is never more than a breath away.”

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | August 1, 2014

THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy

Available now from Harper Audio.9780062356840

From the Publisher:

“At a swim meet in their quiet New England town, Annie watches as her daughters glide through the water. Her thoughts drift lazily from whether she fed her daughters enough carbs that morning to why her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore, to Paul, a swim-team parent, who’s taken notice of her and seems to embody everything she’s beginning to think her life is missing.

When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop—the same spot where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago—Annie and her fellow swim-parents find themselves adrift. With a serial killer too close for comfort, they must make choices about where their loyalties lie. And as a series of shocking events unfolds, Annie must discover what it means to follow her intuition—even if love, as well as lives, could be lost.”

From the review at Beth Fish Reads:

“As much as I loved This Is the Water, it’s hard to imagine the challenge narrator Karen White faced when she sat down to record it (Harper Audio; 10 hr, 22 min). And yet her performance was nearly perfect. She avoided every easy way out — no singsong tempo, no leading the listener, no overly dramatic, no judgment. But still her reading had emotion and tension and personality. White slipped as easily into Yannick Murphy’s prose as swimmers enter a pool. An excellent listening experience.”

My recording experience:

This was one I worried about, honestly, because Murphy employs a unique 2nd person POV which employs the phrase “this is the…” over and over again.  But (and I hope this worked!) I kinda just went with the flow (pun intended) and I think what it does is suck you to a place where you feel what everyone and everything is feeling.  At least I did.  The swimmers, their parents, the killer, the air, the buildings, yes, the water, but especially Annie.  Going through her struggles as a woman and a parent in this uncomfortable and eventually dangerous point in her life was quite the journey.

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | July 20, 2014

ONE MOUNTAIN AWAY by Emilie Richards

Book #1 in the Goddesses Anonymous series.

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From the Publisher:

“With nothing but brains, ambition, and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real estate developer. She’s at the top of that mountain—but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, she’s alienated her family so completely that she’s totally lost touch with her only daughter.

One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness. So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth but by offering a hand instead of a handout, putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance, opening her home and heart instead of her wallet.

With each wrenching, exhilarating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain—one built on friendship, love, and forgiveness—will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy.”

From the review at I Am, Indeed:

“Narration is provided by Karen White who has fast become one of my favorite narrators.  Poised and polished, she uses her tone, pacing and slight changes in delivery to add to the written words, enhancing the emotional context without over-reach, and giving readers those moments so necessary after an emotional reveal to stop, breathe and move forward with new information and approach.”

My recording experience:

Charlotte Hale is one of those characters that has just the right balance of human failings and strengths.  Richards also does a wonderful job of slowly peeling away her layers over the course of this book.  As a reader, you move through her journey of self-discovery with her: she learns lessons from the challenges and opportunities put in her path in the present, but she also delves into her past to re-visit how she got to this point.  Both made me fall in love with her and I loved wrestling with her demons, taking emotional chances and falling in love all over again with her.  (Though I’ll admit the latter part of the book had me making a big dent in the box of tissues in my booth.)  I also love the concept of this series – women helping women – and it’s gorgeous setting, almost a character unto itself, Asheville, NC (just a few hours away from my home).  It’s also been a treat to be able to record the first three books of the Goddesses Anonymous series in rapid succession because I’ve felt so immersed in this lovely little community and it’s women, each of whom has her own challenges and own difficult path to rise above them.  Look out for books #2 and 3 which will be available soon: Somewhere Between Luck and Trust and No River Too Wide.

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | July 9, 2014

THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis

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Available now from Tantor Audio.

From the Publisher:

Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of in a Los Angeles clinic like she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans.

From the AudioGals review:

Karen White’s fitting narration brings more life to the story than my reading did – and she’s really a pro at the animal dialog, with a mouthy parrot and a cantankerous cat having a fair amount of  dialogue*. Her voices for all the human characters are also excellent, down to the cowboy/rancher drawl and all the various personalities in the story.”

From the Ramblings From This Chick review:

“THEN CAME YOU is vintage Shalvis and another great addition to the Animal Magnetism series. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable, feel-good read with plenty of heat and witty banter that feels like coming home—but Karen White’s narration elevates it to the next level of enjoyment. Ms. White narrates two of my favourite contemporary authors’ series—Julie James’s FBI/US Attorney and Jill’s Animal Magnetism—so I’m a big fan, but she does an excellent job every time. She has a great range of tones and timbre so her male characters have deeper voices that are masculine without being caricatural and can be easily distinguished from each another. She voices Wyatt with a great combination of smoothness and rasp that perfectly complements his laid-back-with-a-core-of-steel-and-a-touch-of-alpha essence and that really brings the delightful banter and scorching sexytimes to life. Emily’s somewhat breathy voice took me a little bit to get into, but it really worked once I got to know her character better—especially in the hilariously embarrassing, throw-herself-at-Wyatt scenes. As with the male voices, Ms. White does a great job giving the various female characters voices that are distinctive and well suited to the characters without being annoying. One of Ms. White’s greatest strengths as an audiobook narrator is her neutral ‘narrator’ voice: in typical audiobook fashion, it’s slower and more enunciative than regular speech, but it’s not so overdone as to be jarring and is infused with the same liveliness and emotion as the dialogue. Another highlight of Ms. White’s Animal Magnetism narrations is her take on the many animals that populate the pages: she gives each the same consideration and treatment as the human characters rather than having them be an afterthought, which is important since the animals play such a crucial role in the series. Even after several books, I still crack up every time Peanut the parrot says “Boner!” in that perfect tone. Karen White is one of my auto-buy narrators, and I hope the Shalvis-White partnership continues for future instalments of this series!”

From the Geeky Bloggers Book Blog review:

It is not a secret that I am a fan of Karen White’s narration skills. She does an excellent job with this series. Her pacing, nuances, and character adaptation skills are stellar! I highly recommend this series on audio.”

My recording experience:

As always in this series by Jill Shalvis, I loved recording the intelligent and fun banter between the hero & heroine AND the animal voices – not sure if I had a bigger challenge with the parrot or the cat this time, both of whom are hilariously obnoxious.  Shalvis delivers as well with a combo of super-heated attraction between main characters Wyatt and Emily, held in check (sometimes) by believable obstacles to the HEA.  But what took me by surprise was the emotional commitment both these characters had to their careers as veterinarians and how moving I found some of the challenges they faced.  I have to say that I had not thought about how vets have to face death way more often that most people doctors do, and how wearing that can be on the soul, and Shalvis wove this aspect into the relationship and story beautifully.  And made me appreciated my pets’ vets all the more!

Listen to a sample here:

Posted by: kewhite | June 28, 2014

FINAL #AUDIOMONTH #GIVEAWAY

Wrapping up June is Audiobook Month, I have a giveaway of FOUR audiobooks from Jill Shalvis’ ANIMAL MAGNETISM series:

#1 ANIMAL MAGNETISM

Animal Magnetism Shalvis

#2 ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Animal Attraction

#3 RESCUE MY HEART

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and #5 THEN CAME YOU

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I have one copy of each of the CD versions of these books to give away courtesy of Tantor Audio. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below, sharing what you love about contemporary romance and/or animals.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Cathy P. 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 | June 25, 2014

#AudioMonth Giveaway #3

In my continued celebration of #AudioMonth, today I have a big giveway for Cozy Mystery fans:

Books #6 – 8 in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett:

MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF

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NOT THE KILLING TYPE

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& BOOK CLUBBED

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Lisa 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 | June 24, 2014

Just 7 More Days of #SummerShorts14!

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Unbelievably, we are in the final week of June, and thus the final week of listening to short pieces for free created in celebration of #AudioMonth.  AND, only 7 more days to purchase the whole collection for the discounted price of $9.99.  After June 30, the price goes up to $19.99, but fear not, all proceeds go to benefit ProLiteracy no matter what you pay.  Its a win-win no matter how you slice it.  So go to Tantor to purchase now or later, but check out the blog posts below to get in some free listening every day through July 30…

6/24 Bruce Coville, The Box, by Bruce Coville @ Book & a Latte

6/25 Paul Michael Garcia, Yard Waste, by Steven LaFond – w/author Steven LaFond @ My Bookish Ways

6/26 Day of Classic Horror, with Poe and Lovecraft!

Mike Chamberlain, The Statement of Randolph Carter, by H.P. Lovecraft @ MV Freeman’s blog

Dufris/AudioComics, Audio Theatre: Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Jenn’s Bookshelves

John McLain, The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Going Public

6/27 Dawn Harvey, Something as Big as a Mountain, by Jane Cawthorne,

w/author Jane Cawthorne at My Books, My Life

6/28 Tanya Eby, The Girl at the Gate, by Lucy Maud Montgomery @ Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations

6/28 Tish Hicks, How They Broke Away to Go to the Rootabaga Country, by Carl Sandburg @ Going Public

6/29 Karen White, Sharks and Seals, by Susanna Daniel @ Every Day I Write the Book

6/30 Xe Sands, Virtue of the Month, by Kathleen Founds @ The Oddiophile

 

Posted by: kewhite | June 16, 2014

#AUDIOMONTH #GIVEAWAY #2!

 

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In celebration of #AudioMonth, I am giving away two digital copies of any of my narrations now available on Audible — one for you and one for a friend (and you can choose two different books if you like).

Just make a comment below answering this question:  Who in your life needs to start listening to audiobooks, and why?

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Mary C. is the randomly selected winner.  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 | June 10, 2014

#AUDIOMONTH #GIVEAWAY: Here and Again

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To celebrate #AudioMonth, I have one copy of the CD version of Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson to give away courtesy of Blackstone Audio. To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below answering the question: “What was the first audiobook you remember listening to?”. Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please. Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Monday, June 16. The winner will be contacted by email and then I’ll need your mailing address to get the CDs to you, but I don’t keep or share any contact info. Good luck and thanks for listening!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Karen W. 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 | 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!):

 

 

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