December… 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, Dawn Harvey and special guest narrator Leah, and Jo Anna Perrin. Enjoy!
About the Selection
Andy Weir and R.C. Bray, author and narrator of The Martian, team up again for this story about the ultimate risk vs. the ultimate reward.
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.
“Yes, Virginia There Is a Santa Claus” by Francis Pharcellus Church narrated by Dawn Harvey and her niece Leah
About the Narrators
Dawn Harvey is an actress, singer and voiceover artist. Dawn has narrated over 40 audiobooks and is the recipient of an Earphone Award and a SOVAS Award for her audiobook work. Dawn lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, holds both Bachelors and Masters of Law degrees and is mother to three adult children and one adorable little rescue dog.
This is Leah’s first time at the mic and her Great Aunt Dawn thanks her mightily for adding her voice to this classic piece. Leah is 6 years old and attends Grade 1. Leah lives with her mom, dad, sister, her cats, Teddy Bear and Tuck, and her dog, Charlie. When Leah grows up she wants to be an Otolaryngologist (Which happens to be an ENT – a voice actor’s best friend!).
About the Selection
Mark Twain wrote “A Letter from Santa” in 1875 for his 3-year-old daughter Susie. He would often spend Christmas at home with his family, frequently pretending to be Santa Claus. Susie had been recovering from an illness, and “Santa” wanted her to find the note on her pillow upon awakening. A generous man, Twain would send sleighs full of toys and food to his less fortunate neighbors throughout the holiday season, so perhaps in a way, he really was Santa Claus.
About the Narrator
Jo Anna Perrin is a New York–based actor, photographer, and writer. She has appeared in film, television, and on stage, in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally. Jo Anna has narrated numerous audiobooks for major publishers, small independent presses, and American and foreign university publishers. Her narrations have received critical praise from AudioFile magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Her voice-over experience includes commercial, documentary, and animation work. As a portrait and headshot photographer, her photos have appeared in magazines and newspapers, online, and in print, including in AudioFile magazine, the Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Publishers Weekly says, “Her delivery is always confident and clear. Listeners will never be bored.”