MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson is an amazing, totally unique book I can't stop thinking about! The author calls it "a classic girl meets Dust Bowl meets girl meets Mars meets ancient tortoise story." I was so honored to narrate this book along with Jorjeana Marie and Fiona Hardingham. Thanks so much to HarperAudio!
Honored DON'T YOU TRUST ME by Patrice Kindl is listed as one of The Audiobookworm's Top 12 Audiobooks of 2016!
Over the moon! 🌙 Thank you to Audiofile Magazine and Audible Studios for the stellar review of the audiobook of WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna Marie McLemore.
"...a rich, layered performance"
Raviv Ullman and Bailey Carr infuse their narrations with wonder and awe befitting a tale full of strange and beautiful things. Steeped in magical realism, it's the story of a girl who grows roses from her wrists and turns pumpkins to glass and a boy who paints moons and keeps secrets. A blossoming romance ensues. Ullman's tone is one of reverence, as if he's delivering a ballad oft recounted, while Carr's is one of desperate yearning. Their approaches are well balanced and reflect the way the narrative is shared equally between both characters. This mix of quiet and passion serves the story, which is fast paced but also possesses a poetic quality. A rich, layered performance. E.M.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2016]
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Listen to an extended 12 min sample from Chapter One of STEALING SNOW by New York Times Bestselling Author Danielle Paige on the Audible Studios Soundcloud!
From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die, comes a reimagining of "The Snow Queen" fairy tale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high-security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree, she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
5★ Audiobook⎮ I think the main reason I enjoyed Don’t You Trust Me? as much as I did was because it was so unique to me. I’ve never heard anything even remotely close to this. It must be very difficult to turn a sociopathic character into a protagonist because Patrice Kindl is the only author I’ve ever known to do it and she did it remarkably well.
Morgan just might be one of my favorite characters of all time. It was so refreshing to hear about a clever, calculating teenage girl in a Young Adult story. This girl was so anti-“Mary Sue” that I fell in love with her from the synopsis. The things she did were atrocious, yet I was still rooting for her to get away with them all. That is basically like pulling a literary rabbit out of a hat.
The only portion of the story that somewhat bothered me was Morgan’s treatment of animals. Although, in retrospect, it wasn’t as disturbing as it could have been and it really landed the strongest blow to me in Morgan’s character development. Kindl handled the topic of the stereotypical sociopathic treatment of animals with delicacy, while still making an effective point about Morgan’s character. I’m very grateful for her tact on that matter.
Don’t You Trust Me? was an astounding homerun, in my opinion. It was both amusing and thrilling at the same time. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a “YA Thriller”, but this far exceeded my expectations. It was light enough to be entertaining, yet it still had a lot of substance. Morgan was an incredibly well-developed character and Kindl further recognized Morgan’s value as a character by not thrusting a love interest upon her. I can’t remember the last YA story I heard without a love interest!
My prediction that this story would be “hilariously delicious”, based on the synopsis, was absolutely accurate. Delicious is the perfect word to describe Morgan and her felonious activities that seem to be drawn directly from a soap opera script. And who doesn’t love a good soap? I’m crossing my fingers in hopes that this story gets turned into a movie or, better yet, a book series! I’m about 200% positive that Morgan has plenty of trouble left to get into and I want to hear about it all.
Narration review: Bailey Carr expertly narrated Don’t You Trust Me? and added so much to the listening experience. There were times when I couldn’t help but chuckle because the voice she gave Morgan so thickly dripped with sarcasm. I can imagine that voicing Morgan required a delicate balance between remaining true to the sociopathic character and still having her come across as a somewhat lovable protagonist. Okay, maybe lovable is the wrong word. But still, she’s the protagonist.
Although Morgan is 15-years-old in the story’s beginning, Bailey gives her an air of maturity that benefits the character and aids the listener’s suspension of belief. Another narrator ‘s take on this character could have drastically changed the way she came across and spoiled the magic. Carr also showed great judgment in distinctly characterizing the three teenage girls in the story according to their personalities. Bailey Carr is definitely a narrator I’m interested in hearing from again and I’ve moved up Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything after learning it was narrated by Carr. ♣︎
DON'T YOU TRUST ME? by Patrice Kindl
Don't you trust me? I mean, look at me. Blond, blue eyed, the very image of innocence. Pretty enough, if you care about that kind of thing. I don't. But would a normal person switch identities with some wet mess of a girl at the airport just to get her to stop bawling about being separated from her loser boyfriend and sent to live with some distant relatives? Nope, she wouldn't. Yet I did. I'm not as normal as you think. And you'll just have to trust me.
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