STILL THE ONE by Jill Shalvis plus GIVEAWAY
“Darcy Stone is game for anything—except sexy Navy vet and physical therapist AJ Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
AJ admits it—Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?”
From the review at AudioGals:
“Karen White brought her usual smart and sassy narration to this book – she has wonderful comic timing as well as all the emotions necessary for voicing the wisecracks and witty banter that Shalvis gives her characters. Although she doesn’t have an extremely low register, she conveys male-ness well in dialogue with more than just pitch, and all her characters are easily differentiated by attitude, timbre, register, accent and other vocal attributes. That of course includes Peanut the Parrot, who livens up the scenes with salty and inappropriate phrases, as well as the occasional dog and cat contribution to the dialogue. I paid special attention to the way she reads intimate scenes this time, after a recent listen to a different narrator where I felt the narrator took it a little farther than my comfort zone. White passed the test of conveying the emotions without making me feel like a voyeur.”
“I also listened to the audio narrated by Karen White with just the right delivery of emotion and great voices for the characters of both genders. The production value was also excellent!”
From the review at The Geeky Blogger:
“Karen nails this series! I have listened to all of these on audio and wouldn’t do it any other way. Karen has a way of bringing Jill Shalvis’ voice alive and her characters that extra Umph!”
My recording experience:
I was really looking forward to recording the next book in Jill’s Animal Magnetism series, for a variety of reasons. One, it’d been a year since the last one (she usually does one every six months).
Two, I got to meet Jill this summer when I went to RWA 2014 to speak on an audiobook panel, and she was every bit as funny and kind in person as I’d imagined.
And three, I am very proud to be an Audie Finalist this year for another book in the AM oeuvre, RUMOR HAS IT. This is like the Oscars for audiobooks, so it’s a big deal!
And finally, I just love recording Jill’s books. This one really impressed me in particular because it addressed some heavy subjects (PTSD, chronic pain, and animal rescue, of course) while maintaining the snappy humor Jill’s so good at. I’ve been speaking on a variety of audiobook panels this year, and one thing I realized about my work in particular is that I bring emotion, of all kinds, to the narrative as well as the dialogue. I think that I’ve developed this style, in part, because of great narrative writing like Jill’s. The characters’ inner monologues are so full of funny angst that I have to ride that roller coaster of emotion to squeeze all the humor out of it (and it’s more fun that way). The sample below reflects that, as well as a wee chance I took with the main characters’ voices. Darcy starts out this book in a pretty negative space and AJ has his emotions buried. So their voices reflect that (and aren’t “pretty sounding”). But as they grow and learn to trust each other and themselves, their voices grow to reflect that, too. I don’t know if it’s anything that listeners will even notice, but it was a big part of the journey for me.
As was spending a good 15 minutes perfecting the intention behind one, “Woof!”.
Listen to a sample here:
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Monique 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.