Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to reflect on the privilege of narrating one hundred audiobooks over the past several years. From Frozen to Notorious RBG, from Invisible City to City Love, here are the stats:
Romance continues to be a very popular genre with audiobook listeners, and I’ve narrated more titles in this category than any other. I’m especially proud of Kylie Scott’s wildly popular Stage Dive series, which earned inclusion in Audible’s recent list of “practically perfect performances” based on listener reviews. In the second half of this year, I’ve been the producer as well as the narrator for contemporary romance series by bestselling authors Meghan March, A.L. Jackson, Corinne Michaels and Jessica Hawkins.
Audiobook listeners also love mysteries and thrillers, and I’ve been fortunate to work on Mary Kubica’s THE GOOD GIRL (nominated for a Voice Arts Award), Julia Dahl’s Edgar Award-nominated Rebekah Roberts novels Invisible City and Run You Down, Lori Roy’s Southern Gothic Let Me Die In His Footsteps, and the one that really got under my skin, Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s The Devil You Know.
Nonfiction assignments carry a special responsibility, but I never mind doing the extra research needed to ensure that every name, place name, or industry-specific terminology is accurately delivered. For me, it’s continuing education, a chance to learn about a whole new topic or discipline. I’ve been inspired by the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik). I’ve considered the emotional toll of practicing medicine (What Doctors Feel by Dr. Danielle Ofri). And perhaps most challenging, I’ve discussed the role of Chinese corporations in African agribusiness ventures (Will China Feed Africa? by Deborah Brautigam).
As a mom of two daughters who love to read, it’s especially rewarding to narrate audiobooks for younger listeners. Frozen will always be a favorite on that list of course, and getting to play Dorothy Gale in Danielle Paige’s No Place Like Oz was a dream come true as well. As much as I enjoy fantasy stories and fractured fairy tales, I enjoy just as much the opportunity to tackle some of the more serious themes in literature for young readers. Political intrigue is woven through titles like Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper by Elizabeth Kiem and Save The Enemy by Arin Greenwood, and I just wrapped recording on a political thriller from Disney Press, Zero Day by Jan Gangsei, due out in early 2016.
So many stories, characters, voices, times and places, thoughts and emotions, it’s overwhelming. I’m grateful to the authors, producers and publishers who’ve entrusted their stories to me. Here’s to the next hundred. I love my job!