Audiobooks for Adults

Audio review: Actress captures essence of woman and autistic child at center of novel

October 9, 2017

(Published in the News and Observer, October 1, 2017) Audios provide an amazing escape from unrelenting sad-bad news, especially those with wit and humor. There’s plenty of both in Julia Claiborne Johnson’s “Be Frank With Me” (book from HarperCollins; audio read more »


Actor Rory Kinnear and author Ian McEwan a perfect pairing in ‘Nutshell’

August 1, 2017

published in the Raleigh News and Observer July, 28, 2017 I don’t know if I’ve ever been so aware of a narrator’s importance than when listening to Rory Kinnear’s reading of Ian McEwan’s “Nutshell” (book from Doubleday, audio from Recorded read more »


Franken, Sedaris memoirs entertain, of course

June 25, 2017

(published in the News and Observer June 22, 2017) Listening to recently released memoirs written and read by famed humorists had me thinking about their commonality, though the two relate very different life experiences. “Al Franken Giant of the Senate,” read more »


‘Days Without End’ boasts miraculous match

May 30, 2017

published in The Raleigh News and Observer on May 28, 2017 A miraculous match happens when a fabulous written voice is paired with an incredible narration. This combination characterizes Aiden Kelly’s reading of Sebastian Barry’s “Days Without End”(book from Viking, read more »


Learning the secret life of some teens will change you

November 1, 2016

(Published in the News and Observer, 10/29/16) When I grew up, my sister had the all the boyfriends. She was four years younger than me and I wanted to be liked, too. I flirted with the boy at the gas read more »


“Textbook” offers ways to connect beyond author’s voice

October 30, 2016

published in the News and Observer and in the Charlotte Observer September 24, 2016 S An interactive memoir with multiple choice questions, quizzes and the organization of a textbook? A book that invites readers and listeners to connect with the read more »


Narrator turns Woodson’s prose into a melody

August 24, 2016

   (published in the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer, 8/20/16) Jacqueline Woodson used verse in her National Book Award-winning memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming” (Nancy Paulsen Books). Of this form, Woodson says, “Memory doesn’t come as a straight narrative. read more »


Narrator adds another level of dimension to World War I novel

July 22, 2016

published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 7/17/16 Most interesting reads have layers that come from skillfully woven subplots integrated with imagery. These intensify the story’s ideas and tones. A well-read audio book adds even more layers. Narrators read more »


Hearing the Truth in Memoir Writing

June 28, 2016

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, June 25, 2016) After months of an overcrowded schedule, I am returning to my memoir, a book I began eight years ago in a creative nonfiction class. It’s close to completion. At least read more »


Finding solace in tales of grief, voices of compassion

May 23, 2016

(Published in the Raleigh News and Observer 5/22/16) Last month a dear friend lost her husband, and though I’d lost a string of friends in my 40s, this hit me differently. Those earlier deaths, painful as they were, seemed random, read more »