In honor of UNESCO’s World Book Day – Siddhartha: An Indian Tale APP Launches

pasted image 0In honor of UNESCO’s World Book World Day (World Book Night in the UK) I wanted to give a big shout out to Siddhartha: An Indian Tale created by Quinn Blackwell Media Ltd.  I had the pleasure of recording this book, along with Sean Allen Pratt.

This App is like no other – Siddhartha is the first title to be created on tap · books – an exciting new ebook and audiobook app platform designed to make reading books easier and more immersive.  With an ambient soundtrack by Kate Hopkins from Wounded Buffalo, whose award winning sound design can be heard on the latest BBC nature series Blue Planet and Planet Earth This interactive new version of Siddhartha is now available for download! Check it out here.

To give you a little more info about World Book Night …. read on!

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organizations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers.

 

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“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.

JE SUIS – Screening Today, Tomorrow and Sunday at The Cinequest Film Festival!

Je SuisJE SUIS – a compelling short film that I had the pleasure of working on – will be screening March 9, 10 and 11th at The Cinequest Film Festival! Directed by the very talented Faith Strongheart.  If you’re in San Jose, stop by and check us out!  Here’s a link to access all the info & tickets!

 

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.