From the Heart ~ R. C. Bray, Al Kessel, and Eve Passeltiner

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): R. C. Bray, Al Kessel, and Eve Passeltiner. Enjoy!

“The Elves and the Shoemaker” by The Brothers Grimm narrated by R.C. Bray



About the Selection

“The Elves and the Shoemaker” is an often copied and re-made 1806 story about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves.

About the Narrator

From an early age award-winning audiobook narrator R.C. Bray despised reading. Truly hated it with a passion. And audiobooks? Even worse. Those were for people too lazy to read (not to be confused with those like himself who didn’t want to read to begin with). R.C. eventually got older and wiser (he was always good-looking) and eschewing his capricious convictions fell head-over- heels for reading. Not just to learn words like “eschew” and “capricious” so he could use them in a bio, but because someone was actually going to give him money to do it. Note: R.C.’s gorgeous wife and three beautiful children begged him not to make this his official bio. Clearly he misunderstood.

“A Christmas Mistake” by Lucy Maud Montgomery narrated by Al Kessel



About the Selection

Families are a complicated thing. Arguments, the cause long forgotten, can separate even the closest of bonds. However, Christmas brings out the best in people, especially when an absent minded teacher is tasked with delivering a message.

About the Narrator

Al Kessel is a full-time narrator and voice actor from the sunny state of Arizona. For Al, performing is his passion. A lifelong lover of books, narrating audiobooks was not only a natural career path for him, but a dream come true! Al prides himself on the ability to bring any character to life with his voice, breathing life into many wonderful stories.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storytellernarration/

Twitter: @StorytellerAl

Short Poems: “Tea Bags,” “Violin,” “Mail,” and “Discarded” by Patricia Passeltiner narrated by Eve Passeltiner



About the Selection

Sometimes the fewest words have the biggest impact…poems of admiration, desire, delight and dignity.

About the Narrator

Eve Passeltiner has performed extensively on stage in New York (where she grew up reading under the covers with a flash-light til all hours of the night), throughout New England (where she has learned the art of Sugaring during Mud Season), and in Moab, Utah (where she founded a multi-purpose arts center and theatre company in the paradise of the red rocks). Her voice can be heard giving life to a multitude of men and women in audiobooks, commercials, industrials, e-learning and video games. She was honored to voice the true stories of three women from Afghanistan in The Washington Post’s Webby Award Honoree multi-media piece “The Women of Kabul.” She came to books through her mother (who loved to read to her), to recorded books through her grandmother (who was blind), and to narrating books from her wonderful acting colleagues who opened the door to performing in this never ending magical world of audio stories.


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