Audiobooks for Adults

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 »

Award-winning engineer self-taught

March 21, 2016

 (published in the News and Observer, August 20, 2016) For several years I have worked to raise the bar on self-published children’s books, many of which are upsettingly unprofessional. I’ve recently learned that the audiobook field has a similar issue. read more »

Coates’ reading of memoir is as blunt and poetic as the writing

January 19, 2016

(This column was published in the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer on January 17th, 2016) I count on audios to calm me. That wasn’t the case with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ reading of his memoir, Between the World and Me (Random House read more »

Readers capture essence of mystery characters

December 29, 2015

(Published in the Raleigh News and Observer, Sunday, December 27th, 2015)   Several years ago I read that typing on a computer freed your left mechanical brain so your right creative brain could run free. And the reverse works, too, read more »

Now Hear This! Family Listening: 5 Recommendations for Family Audiobooks

October 6, 2015

I was thrilled to guest-blog on Carolina Parent’s marvelous site, to join such a talented array of bloggers. Odile Fredericks (on-line editor) and Beth Shugg (editor) were so welcoming and warm.  I adore the picture Odile found to accompany the read more »