Audiobooks for Adults

Review: Two novels’ audiobooks reveal insights into other cultures, stereotypes

September 26, 2018

 (published in the News and Observer, September 25, 2018 07:50 PM) I’m often aware of how often I find myself lacking an understanding of cultures not my own. I recently listened to the works of two Asian-American novelists and narrators, read more »

Gut-wrenching ‘Educated’ is experienced through unusual, subdued vantage point

July 29, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, July 29, 2018) ( I can’t drive by an accident without both dreading and being curious about what happened. I had that kind of listening experience with Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” read by Julia read more »

As Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ turns 200, audiobook captures tragedy

June 8, 2018

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, June 03, 2018) This year marks the 200th birthday of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” I began celebrating by renting the audio from the library, using the OverDrive app for read more »

Audio books continue to surge in popularity. Here are some must-listen titles right now. 2017’s Recommended Audios

March 25, 2018

(Published in the News and Observer, March 25, 2018 For me, listening to audio books is not just pleasurable, but critical. It’s not only that I’m print-weary, but there are mornings I’m so scattered that only listening to audios calms read more »

‘Anything is Possible’ is an audio book you’ll listen to twice

November 13, 2017

published in the Raleigh News and Observer OCTOBER 30, 2017     Elizabeth Strout follows her 2016 “My Name is Lucy Barton” with this year’s “Anything is Possible,” again narrated by Kimberly Farr. (Both book and audio from Random House). read more »

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 »