Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Recorded Books has generously provided next summer's listeners with titles from two highly regarded and delightful women who write authentic teen voices made just right for audio performances. Of course, Recorded Books has done a super job of finding the best narrators for these books and the narrators have brought these writers' ideas vividly to voice.
Nikki Grimes, pictured here, has a well developed career combining fiction writing, poetry, and journalism. All of those skills come together in BRONX MASQUERADE, which won the Coretta Scott King Award, in 2003. Fifteen years after publication, this book has proved evergreen, inspiring young poets now as well as it did then. Its full cast production fits it just right.
Recorded Books has also provided us with Donna Jo Napoli's gorgeously written and performed BEAST. Narrator Robert Ramirez evokes the patience that Beauty's counterpart must have to win her. Napoli's background in both language and literature assures listeners that finding a better version of Beauty and the Beast would be difficult.
Thanks, Recorded Books, for supporting AudiobookSYNC with these two outstanding books and dazzling performances!