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Christa Lewis's affecting performance illuminates the types of social and political resistance taken up by teenagers in Nazi Germany during WWII. Lewis's smooth transitions between English and German accents immerse listeners in the world of underground jazz clubs that queer Berlin teen Charlie Klaus and her friends, Geli, Minna, and Renate, discover. What begins as a reprieve... Read More
Karen Gundersen, Christa Lewis, B.J. Harrison, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, and Rob Shapiro narrate this audiobook composed of one connected story set in varying timelines. Harrison narrates as Mikhail, a zoologist in the 1800s who discovers an extinct breed of Mongolian horse. Harrison handles the era's dialogue deftly. Lewis portrays Karin, a vet who, in 1992, brings the now... Read More
A skilled cast of seasoned narrators gives consistently disarming performances in King's first collection of short stories. The audiobook is filled with moments of want and desire and struggle. Cassandra Campbell embodies the voice of a 14-year-old au pair who is forced to ward off a father's advances, Bronson Pinchot is heartbreaking as a gay man who is invited for a drink by... Read More
In alternating chapters, four talented narrators provide dramatically different performances as they recount the story of a portrait painted in 1492 and its subsequent theft and recovery during WWII. Reba Buhr captures the youthful innocence and naïveté of Cecilia, mistress of the Duke of Milan, and also brings many other supporting characters from that period to life. Christa... Read More
At the beginning of this audiobook, when Mallory Shepard discovers a lace veil purported to have been made by Betsy Ross, it sets off a chain of violence in Port Quincy, Pennsylvania, that culminates in murder. Mallory, a professional wedding planner, finds herself in the middle of the investigation, which threatens to get in the way of planning her own wedding. It is hard to... Read More
Shakespearean scholar Summer Merriweather has returned to her childhood home on Brigid's Island in North Carolina upon the sudden death of her mother in this cozy mystery. Narrator Christa Lewis matches the pace of this audiobook--laid-back and slow much of the time but energetic as the pace builds. When Summer finds a death threat addressed to her mother that orders her to... Read More
An extensive cast of writers and narrators join together to perform this collection of heartrending essays and poetry created by survivors of sexual assault and abuse. With original music by Amanda Rose Smith, a wave of acceptance and love resonates in the chorus of voices united with the message that victims are not alone and their pain is valid and important. Some pieces are... Read More
This appealing audiobook offers a new view of timeless concepts. As narrator Christa Lewis recounts the lives of Louise and her extended family members, the impact of time, art, and history echo through this novel. When a funeral reunites people long separated, the past is explored alongside the present. There is something welcoming in the broad expanse of human... Read More
This audio biography begins when Ruth Rappaport, who grew up in Leipzig, emigrated to the U.S. at age 15. Escaping the Nazis, Rappaport ended up in Seattle and ultimately became a librarian. In 1959 she set up libraries for the Army, first in Okinawa and then in Saigon; after that, she was a cataloguer for the Library of Congress (1971-1993). Shifting effortlessly from German,... Read More
Narrator Christa Lewis delves into the story of Germany's pioneering women test pilots, Melitta von Stauffenberg and Hanna Reitsch. These women loved their country but were polar opposites in morality and personality. Driven by a love of flight, they were not deterred by its high risks. Flashy Hanna embraced Hitler's plan for Germany, while erudite Melitta tried to preserve her... Read More
Christa Lewis sensitively narrates this post-Katrina story of a married couple, their two adult children, and their paternal grandfather. They're disconnected by marital discord, dementia, and trauma as they reunite in New Orleans to face the burden of rebuilding their homes and their lives. Lewis makes each character's grief and guilt palpable through her delivery of dialogue... Read More
Christa Lewis soberly narrates a detailed story on racial struggles in the early '90s. Leslie Marshall returns to Avalon Island with her multiracial family, which stirs up trouble from more conservative locals. Local girl Maddie falls in love with one of the Marshall's sons, and this causes further tension as she tries to hide her budding relationship from her racist father.... Read More
Narrator Christa Lewis draws on a pleasant range of pitch and texture to give individual voice to each character in this story collection. Using accents sparingly but appropriately, she adds a layer that would be missed by a visual reader. Only in the last story, "The Story of Of," does the listening experience fall short: On the page, you can see the column of text narrowing,... Read More
Listeners will glean sound advice from an array of women who have overcome many of life's adversities. Christa Lewis narrates their personal stories in a manner that is soothing and calm while projecting the serenity and hope in the advice given on such difficult topics as loss, betrayal, divorce, and illness. Her caring and reassuring delivery strikes the perfect notes whether... Read More
Christa Lewis, who narrated Graudin’s first WWII alt-history, WOLF BY WOLF, narrates this companion. Lewis immediately picks up the dramatic intensity she built at the end of the first audiobook. Shape-shifting Yael’s murder of a doppelganger Hitler has been discovered. The police track Yael while brutally torturing her companion, Felix. Lewis creates tension anew, and it... Read More
Christa Lewis narrates this dark story about a young mother who dreams of a lavish life in 1910 Chicago but is devastated to discover that the man who enticed her to the big city does not plan to marry her. As Cora loses her sanity, Lewis dramatically portrays her increasing hysteria and rambling paranoia. Cora's daughter, Lillian, who escaped to Chicago with her mother, is at... Read More
It’s said that any ensemble cast is only as strong as its weakest member, and in this audio performance, there’s not a weak link to be found. Each narrator in the group brings something unique and enjoyable to the production. The Christodora itself, a New York City building whose transitions reflect the city's evolution from the 1980s to the 2020s, is a central character in... Read More
Velvet Vargas, a city girl of Dominican origin, is sent to visit a family in the countryside through the Fresh Air Fund. There, she creates a special bond with an abused horse at a neighboring boarding stable. Four excellent narrators tell Velvet's story through various points of view in alternating chapters. Each narrator perfectly defines the complexities of the character... Read More
Christa Lewis’s breathy narration is apt in the novel’s opening as 6-year-old Yael is selected by a cruel commandant at a concentration camp to receive a series of shots that give her the ability to shape-shift. Lewis transitions easily between accents and emotional tones that color and define characters, situations, and time periods. Later, after Hitler has won WWII,... Read More
The challenge presented by this novel for narrator Christa Lewis is portraying a small cast of highly diverse characters. Listeners will be enthralled by her consistent portrayals of these individuals, who seem to have little in common beyond living in the same Brooklyn brownstone. Each tenant is coping with a life-altering crisis just as the son of the elderly landlady... Read More
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