From the Heart ~ Lauren Fortgang, Paul Heitsch, and Patrick Lawlor

from-the-heart-logoDecember… the time to give thanks for those things that have sustained us through the past year. For narrators, a huge part of that is YOU, the listening community! As we wind down 2016, we want to give back to you, our listeners, who help make our job so rewarding, and who travel with us on each audiobook journey. SO! Over 60 narrators have partnered to bring you FROM THE HEART – recordings of poetry, essays, stories, excerpts, songs, etc. – throughout the month of December. Each day, beginning this Thursday, 12/1, look for 2-3 new (and free!) audio postings. You’ll hear things from voices you’re familiar with as well as some that are new to your ears, all of whom are so very grateful for your listening love this last year! Hope you’ll join in the fun!

Today I’m pleased to host works by three audiobook narrators (click on the narrator’s name to jump to his/her performance): Lauren Fortgang, Paul Heitsch, and Patrick Lawlor. Enjoy!

“Quinta Essentia” by Bradley P. Beaulieu narrated by Lauren Fortgang

About the Selection

Sean Brannon’s body was ruined by David Lock, a scientist driven by his quest to unlock the secrets of Quinta Essentia, the most elusive of the magical elements. However, it’s only after the Jovians land that Sean and David both discover the real secrets of the fifth element.

About the Narrator

Lauren Fortgang is a New York City based actor. Her pursuits as a voiceover artist include video games, commercials, live announcing and beyond, and she works regularly as an audiobook narrator for numerous publishers, having recorded roughly 200 unabridged titles and some 200 segments for monthly programming. She is an Audie Award Nominee has received recognition from Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association (APA), the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), School Library Journal, Library Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and supremely kind audiobook fans.


Two untitled by Carolyn Hoehner narrated by Paul Heitsch

About the Selection

Paul is reading two untitled poems by a young writer from Northern Virginia, Carolyn Hoehner.

About the Narrator

A professional musician, composer, and sound designer for most of his career, Paul Heitsch began narrating audiobooks in 2011, and currently has over 70 titles listed on Audible.com.

“The True Story of the Grinch” written and narrated by Patrick Lawlor


About the Selection

You all know the story of the Grinch…or DO you? Here’s the TRUE story of the Grinch and his struggle with Christmas. With apologies to Dr. Seuss.

About the Narrator

Patrick has recorded over 400 Audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award Finalist 3 times. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has won one Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, Numerous Library Journal and Kirkus Starred Audio Reviews, Multiple Editors Pick, Top 10 and Year’s Best Lists. He is currently the only male audiobook narrator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To relax in his spare time, Patrick runs marathons.

1 Comment

  • At 2016.12.23 20:21, Lisa Zeigler said:

    Thanks so much for sharing and I loved hearing Patrick Lawlor, one of my MOST favorite narrators!

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