Last year and this year have illuminated the under-appreciated heroism of medical professionals. Thus it gives me great personal joy to suggest these six romance audios with characters or themes from the medical field. Perhaps their happy endings will provide listeners a little hope and a lot of gratitude for the workers who have gone beyond their oath of “do no harm” to actively ministering, comforting, and saving lives.
Shaun Taylor-Corbett shares his thoughts on narrating THE BRAVE, James Bird’s moving audiobook for young listeners, in this video. Twelve-year-old Collin has a form of OCD—he calls out the number of letters in all the words in a conversation. Eventually, his exasperated, distant father sends him from California to his Ojibwe mother (whom he’s never met) on a Minnesota reservation.
“You see an example in this book of how to walk in the world when you’re a young person and how to find your way, with family members who just have your back and love you.”—Narrator Shaun Taylor-Corbett
On December 12, 2020, spy thriller master John le Carré (actually the pen name for David Cornwell) passed away from pneumonia at the age of eighty-nine. After a year of daily announcements of thousands of deaths, the numbers always rising in incomprehensible ways, John le Carré’s passing caused me to pause, perhaps because I had recently listened to AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD, which le Carré narrated himself. While many nonfiction authors narrate their own works, it is less frequent for mystery-thriller writers to do so. But le Carré was a skilled narrator—he won Earphones Awards for narrating several of his spy novels, including A LEGACY OF SPIES and A DELICATE TRUTH, as well as his memoir, THE PIGEON TUNNEL. With le Carré’s audiobooks, listeners have the privilege of hearing his stories told by the master himself. Read more…
In his video, narrator Amir Abdullah shares why he connected with Ian K. Smith’s new mystery audiobook set in Chicago. In THE UNSPOKEN, Abdullah depicts Chicago’s wealthy enclaves, struggling neighborhoods, and mouthwatering foods while introducing Ashe Cayne, a private investigator who takes on a missing persons case.
“I had spent the last year and a half in Chicago working . . . the sights, the sounds, the tastes of Chicago, and knowing what that was like, it was really exciting to be able to bring that to life.—Narrator Amir Abdullah
Feel like escaping the confines of your second pandemic-winter without actually going anywhere until you can receive a vaccine? Me too. That’s why I’ve selected six new out-of-this-world audiobooks to take us far away in space and time while we wait for our jabs. Read more…