A recent reviewer said, "One difference between simply listening and having a listening experience is Tom Stechschulte." Tom seems to inhabit his characters and shares the full power of each with listeners. His fluency with Southern accents and speech patterns has brought him a sterling group of writerly work: AVA'S MAN by Rick Bragg, THE RABBIT FACTORY by Larry Brown, BITTERROOT by James Lee Burke, SCORCHED EARTH by David Robbins, and THAT OLD ACE IN THE HOLE by Annie Proulx. He's skilled at capturing the essence of accents, avoiding wrong notes that make them less than believable to the knowing ear. Tom likes a close association with the production team while recording, and says he depends on this collaboration to guide his work. A jazz fan, Tom remarks that intonations he hears on archival jazz recordings sometimes make their way into his stable of characters. A recent triumph is Tom's performance of SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane. In addition to his skill with dark, maniacal characters, Tom easily expresses the humor of David Handler's Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag and has a stack of awards for his children's titles, including Robert Newton Peck's HORSE THIEF and Harold Keith's RIFLES FOR WATIE . Of special interest and due out in December 2003 is his narration of Tim O'Brien's celebrated THE THINGS THEY CARRIED .--2003 Narrator Yearbook
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