“I loved listening to the magnificent narration of You, Fascinating You.” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

youSo happy to share this wonderful review from Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews of YOU, FASCINATING YOU written by Germaine Shames, published by Pale Fire Press and produced by Punch Audio. This deeply moving book was truly an honor and joy to narrate.

“I enjoyed this book through the audio copy and it took my breath away. I loved just sitting back and listening to the magnificent narration of You, Fascinating You.” Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

You can read the full review here.

You, Fascinating You is a WWII historical romance and follows the life of Hungarian ballerina, Margit Wolf. Margit is offered the chance to dance at La Scala and upon traveling to Italy she falls in love with Italian maestro, Pasquale Frustaci.  With the impending war, Jewish born Margit travels home to Budapest to be with her family, while Pasquale pines for her back in Italy. Twenty years pass before they are reunited. While awaiting Margit’s return, Pasquale composes Tu Solamente Tu which means You, Fascinating You. Pasquale’s love song to Margit catapulted to the top of the Hit Parade and earning its composer the moniker “the Italian Cole Porter”.

 

You, Fascinating You is now available at Audible and Amazon.com.

Audiobook Meets App Meets Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha!

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So excited to share the launch of a really cool new platform! I love audiobooks in the way we have come to know them, but this cutting-edge approach combines the best of audiobooks and mobile apps.

Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha is the first of three literary classics to be launched this year on a new interactive platform—backed by an impressive array of entrepreneurs and an Emmy, Audie Finalist, BAFTA and Golden Reel award-winning cast. It was such a joy to be a part of this team and to narrate Siddhartha, alongside the talented Sean Pratt.

In the app, as you listen to the story, you can follow along with the text interactively in a platform that supports fonts optimized for dyslexic readers, while also enabling soothing background music, background imagery, sound effects, and even a guided meditation. Everything about the experience is designed to help even reluctant readers immerse themselves in books through audio and visual stimulation.

Go download the free app to see what I’m talking about and to experience Siddhartha in a whole new way!

 

1-2-3 Parenting with Heart – now available on Audio!

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I so enjoyed narrating 1-2-3 Parenting with Heart  by Thomas W. Phelan, PhD and Chris Webb, published by Tantor Media. This incredibly helpful and informative book is packed full of great tips and suggestions to help guide parents into creating a calm and godly household while using a proven three-step discipline to lovingly care for their children.

One of my favorite aspects of 1-2-3 Parenting with Heart are the parent / child scenarios used to illustrate the ideas contained within.  One scenario, which still makes me smile, is when a six-year-old boy threatens to run away from home, packing a bag and walking out the front door. Five minutes later, this frustrated little boy returns to tell his parents that he can’t run away after all…because he’s not allowed to cross the street! A parenting win.

Now available on Amazon and at Audible.com!

Celebrations from 2017 and Cheers to 2018!

Wishing you a wonderful 2018 – may this new year be filled with much joy, laughter, good health and your deepest dreams coming true!  As I look back on 2017, I am so grateful for the many memories, opportunities and experiences that this year brought. Here are a few of the highlights:

As an audiobook narrator, 2017 began with much excitement and the tremendous honor of receiving a 2017 Audie Award nomination in the Young Adult Category for The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, published by Scholastic Audio and produced by Deyan Audio. The year continued at an exhilarating pace with the opportunity to form new relationships with publishers, such as Tantor Media, Brilliance Audio and Recorded Books, along with many wonderful new authors, where I had the joy of narrating a wide variety of fascinating titles.

 

As an actor, three films that I had the pleasure of working on were screened around the world! 96 Souls, a sci-fi feature directed by Stanley Jacobs, in which I play a sympathetic shelter processor, acquired worldwide distribution and began it’s nationwide theatrical release on May 26th beginning at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Je Suis (i AM) a hard-hitting short film directed by Faith Strongheart made it’s theatrical debut this year at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it screened at the short film corner. Magdalene, a 1930s period piece film, directed by Rebecca Cremona, in which I play the lead and title character, screened in Malta this year at the Malta Film Expo!

 

On stage, I had the great joy of playing Regan in William Shakespeare’s King Lear directed by Tony Tanner at the T. U. Theatre. I was also thrilled to perform at UCLA this year as Phedre in Jean Racine’s Phedre directed by Dennis Gersten.

Farewell, 2017! It’s been an amazing year and one that I’m extremely thankful for.

Happy to share this wonderful audiobook review of WITH YOU ALWAYS!

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I absolutely loved narrating Jody Hedlund’s stirring novel With You Always for Tantor Media, so I couldn’t be more delighted to see this wonderful review by USA Today Bestselling Author, Kristin Holt:

“The narrator, Susan Hanfield, captured the various accents (from Irish to German) both male and female, and delivered a stellar performance of this solemn, thought-provoking historical romance novel.”

Check out the full review, here!

With You Always is available on Audible and at Amazon.com.

I Am: A 60-day Journey – now on Audio!

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Am I Enough? This is a question most of us, I’m sure, have asked ourselves at one time or another. I was deeply moved narrating Michele Cushatt’s book I am: A 60 Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is published by Tantor Media. Cushatt shares her incredibly difficult journey where she experienced this question first hand, on a variety of painful levels.

At the age of 39, Michele was diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma of the tongue, or in layman’s terms, tongue cancer. After enduring a painful surgery to remove a portion of her tongue, Michele’s doctors thought that the cancer had been caught early and she could move forward with her life. Unfortunately, three years later, this cancer returned – twice. The result was an operation that removed two thirds of Michele’s tongue. She would never look, speak or be the same person again. Thus began her transparent journey from who she once thought she was, to who she now has become. Am I enough…now? Through this 60 day devotional, Michele leads us through and answers that question with a resounding Yes! With God, Yes – Yes, I am.

Now available on Audible and at Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing Lessons releases on Audio!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

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Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands released this week on Audio and across all platforms!  I was deeply moved by this novel and thrilled to have had the opportunity to narrate Sand’s poignant story for Brilliance Audio.

Drawing Lessons follows Arianna’s journey from the heartache and pain of learning that her husband has been diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia, to her courageous decision to return to her abandoned art career. At the insistence of her children, Arianna travels to Arles, France where she partakes in an artist retreat. It is here that she discovers the beauty of life anew. Through friendships, experiences, a shared love of art and a unexpected new love, Arianna finds her strength to “go forth and blossom.”

Now available at Audible.com and Amazon.