From the Heart ~ Peter Berkrot and Donna Postel

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 two audiobook narrators (click on the narrator’s name to jump to his/her performance): Peter Berkrot and Donna Postel. Enjoy!

“The Book of Jacob” written and narrated by Peter Berkrot


About the Selection

From THE BOOK OF JACOB, a novel in progress by the narrator. In this excerpt, Chapter Six, we meet the protagonist’s parents and they meet each other. This reading FROM THE HEART is a love letter to the narrator’s parents.

About the Narrator

A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot’s career spans four decades. Highlights include feature roles in Caddyshack and Showtime’s Brotherhood, and appearances on America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. His voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, documentaries and industrials. He is a prominent acting coach and a regular contributor to the award-winning news program Frontline produced by WGBH in Boston. Peter served as director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth About Cancer. Peter has voiced over 300 audiobooks and more than 150 for children, winning six Earphones Awards and a 2012 Audie Award nomination. He was part of the cast honored with a 2016 Audie for THE STARLING PROJECT, starring Alfred Molina. Favorite titles include Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timotee de Fombelle, Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith, The Accident by Linwood Barclay, The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters and the Junior Bender series for Timothy Hallinan.

“A Pair of Silk Stockings” by Kate Chopin narrated by Donna Postel


About the Selection

I chose Kate Chopin’s “A Pair of Silk Stockings” for a couple of reasons. One is that, while many see the short story of a woman who has come into a bit of a windfall as a fable on the evils of consumerism, I see it as one woman reclaiming a lost piece of herself, if only for an afternoon. The other reason is that I live in St. Louis, not far from Kate Chopin’s house.

About the Narrator

Donna Postel has been a performer most of her life, on stage and in the studio, but when she recorded her first audiobook in late 2011 she knew she had found her home. That first title has blossomed into a career filled with great stories across multiple genres, from mystery and thrillers to biography, romance. contemporary fiction, business, self development and history.


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