Only after Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff had chosen actor and narrator Jason Culp to perform her most recent biography, THE REVOLUTIONARY: Samuel Adams, did she realize that, 15 years earlier, he had also narrated her book A GREAT IMPROVISATION: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. Jason and Stacy sat down for a freewheeling Zoom conversation about audiobook narration. Watch some highlights of their conversation below.
"I feel as if you know my words better than I know them."—Author Stacy Schiff to narrator Jason Culp
THE REVOLUTIONARY: Samuel Adams
by Stacy Schiff, read by Jason Culp
Virtuoso narrator Jason Culp re-creates the world of the American Revolution in this biographical work on an almost-forgotten Founding Father. Boston firebrand Samuel Adams masterminded the Boston Tea Party and was the man Paul Revere made his famous ride to warn. Culp moves smoothly between the writings of Adams’s fellow revolutionaries (Adams did not himself write very much) and author Stacy Schiff’s brisk narrative of the tumultuous events of the time. The result is a vivid portrait of Adams both as a man of action who pushed the American Revolution forward in its earliest days and as a thinker whose ideas influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
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Stacy Schiff photo by Elena Seibert, Jason Culp photo by Kenneth Dolin