Finding Her Own Voice

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 25, 2016


This week, AudiobookSYNC’s pair of free titles include a character-driven novel published less than a year ago, and another, built on folklore, that has won more than half a dozen youth book awards. One realistic fiction and the other fantasy, both give us stories about girls who seem to be nearly overcome by their situations, only to discover the power of their own voices.


Tamara Ireland Stone’s EVERY LAST WORD, performed by Amy Rubinate for Ideal Audiobooks, introduces us to high school junior Samantha, seemingly fine on the outside but suffering from the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Rubinate’s narration fully realizes Sam’s interior voice as her anxieties spiral ever higher...until she meets a new friend, who introduces her to the kids who make up the Poet’s Corner, and Sam discovers yet another aspect of herself.

Gregory Maguire, who has given us novels that delight and also inspire Broadway-produced plays, builds award-winning fantasies by twisting children’s stories and folktales. This week, that takes us to Tsarist Russia, where such cultural folklore figures as Baba Yaga wind their way through the plot of Brilliance Audio's production of EGG & SPOON. Michael Page performs this complex and entertaining tale about peasant Elena and noble Ekaterina, destined to be companions . . . but friendship may not be part of the storyteller’s plan. Page’s storytelling voice suits Maguire’s storytelling vehicle, giving us, with Elena, a wild adventure on the way to speaking up on her own.

Curious about how an author and narrator can work together as a team to bring a story to life in our ears? Tamara Ireland Stone and Amy Rubinate talk together about how to “Be Brave with Your Words” in this interview. 

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