Diane Zahler’s Baker’s Magic

This was a really fun project to work on and the collection of voices is part of the magic 😉

A full cast works together seamlessly in this charming magical adventure. As the story’s narrator, Tavia Gilbert is crisply engaged, and she’s spirited as young Bee, the baker’s apprentice. Kenneth Cavett, with his rich and resonant voice, is a standout as kindly baker Master Bouts, and Robin Miles is a hoot as pirate captain Zafira Zay. The care in the production is evident–the rest of the cast adds vocal personality to characters both large and small, and mood-appropriate snippets of music begin and end each chapter, helping to sweep listeners along. Scenes in the bakery are rendered with as much attention to detail as those on the high seas or in the mage’s castle–beware of listening while hungry. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2016]

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/119004/

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MetaBook – I’ll Take You There

I recently played Ingrid Bergman in a MetaBook of Wally Lamb’s I’LL TAKE YOU THERE. Technically it was my second project working with Kathleen Turner, except this time we were in different recording studios, in different cities, on different days and of course we never saw each other or spoke to each other. So, this doesn’t count I guess. But we’re together on the final project. 😉

MetaBook is a new platform for audiobooks. It arrives as an app and supplies several different forms of media surrounding the audiobook.  This one has videos, music, and a short film to supplement your listening experience.  It’s very cool, check it out…

http://www.metabook.com

https://vimeo.com/137171713

Here’s  Hollywood Reporter article about it:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bookmark/first-look-wally-lamb-s-933117

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“Unheard Voices: Haunted Files” by Judy Tate & Michael Slade

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“The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” by Rhonda Riley

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley for Harper Audio.

Review from AudioFile Magazine Nov ’13:

At the end of WWII, Evelyn Roe is living alone, farming her aunt’s North Carolina land. After a flood, Evelyn rescues a man she finds buried in the mud. Stina Nielsen uses a Southern accent to recount the story of the mysterious Adam, who becomes Evelyn’s husband. Elements of this tale are drawn from the biblical Creation story. Nielsen delivers the story steadily, enticing the listener to savor the descriptions of farming, life, and love. Nielsen uses subtle variations of tone and inflection to differentiate the characters, especially Adam. As Adam evolves, Evelyn must protect his secret–until the day she begins to recount this unusual tale for her children. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013]

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/82223/

 

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“Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog” by Stephanie Greene

Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog

July 2013…

July 2013… Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog by Stephanie Greene for Recorded Books, LLC.

Although no one else knows, Posey has been afraid of dogs ever since she was knocked down by a big dog when she was tiny. Whenever Posey feels challenged, she dresses in her
princess outfit featuring a pink tutu. When she hears loud barks coming from the new neighbor’s yard and decides to meet the dog, she dresses appropriately to help overcome her fear. Posey successfully rises to the occasion – with a little support from her clothing.

This early chapter book is practically perfect. The text is understanding of a child’s viewpoint without being patronizing. The print is large with generous white space between the lines and around the pages. The soft pencil illustrations are humorous. This is just one of a fine series of gentle adventures.

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“The Unfaithful Queen” by Carolly Erickson

Cover Art - The Unfaithful Queen by Carolly Erikson

Dec 2012…


December 2012…The Unfaithful Queen by Carolly Erikson for Macmillan Audio.

Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king’s eye—but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men. Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her—only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper.

As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward’s severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.

The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or—should fortune favor her—be exalted to the throne.

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