Harper Audio

Harper Audio

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"A trio of narrators portrays the three heroines in this novel, which nicely integrates its subplots. Jorjeana Marie animates cold 17-year-old Adri, who is orphaned and bound for Mars in 2065. While living with a distant cousin, Adri discovers the writings of two ancestors, and her prickly detachment turns to curiosity, then caring. Bailey Carr reads the emotional journal of Cat, written during the Dustbowl era. Cat is desperate to save her sister from lung disease, passionately in love with the farm's handyman, and angry with her mother for something Adri can't figure out. That anger is linked to Leonore's letters. Fiona Hardingham brings out Lenore's vivacity and consuming grief after her brother's death in WWI. Re-listening is recommended for this compelling audio with its evocative writing, parallel stories, and strong performances.”

S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine JULY 2017]


Listening Library

Listening Library

 
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“Grace obsessively collects things. When she discovers a trove of vintage buttons in a closed textile mill, she brings them all home. While showing off her find in social studies, Grace sparks a button-trading fad at her school. Carr’s excited descriptions of the varied buttons make them so appealing that it’s easy to understand why the kids are crazy to own them. Grace’s voice is analytic and data-loving as she shares her scientific observations about the fad’s spread through the school, but Carr ably shifts tones to one of embarrassment—even making her blushing audible—as Grace realizes that the more she gets to know her classmate Hank, the more she likes him. Emotions race as new tensions arise with Grace’s best friend, Ellie, who always needs the spotlight. Ellie’s voice is appropriately edged with her own self-importance. Grace and Ellie’s pique escalates to an all-out war as they battle over buttons. Carr gives weight to the small moments that are huge for Grace. Other voices, like a know-it-all big brother, grieving grandfather, and concerned mother, are also well done. Clements is a master of school fiction with complicated, imperfect friendships, and Carr’s narration adds intensity and emotion to this insightful and endearing story of how buttons took over a school and almost ruined a friendship.”

— Amanda Blau, Booklist March 2019


Audible Studios

Audible Studios

“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 NOVEMBER 2016


Tantor Audio

Tantor Audio

“Narrator Bailey Carr gives a contemporary edge to 14-year-old Mattie in this new production of a stellar historical novel. Mattie's story starts out in familiar territory as she navigates chores, parental expectations, dreams of the future, and growing interest in boys. Carr mines Anderson's talent for going deep into the hearts and minds of teens, giving Mattie a touch of defiant sass and dreamy hope. It's almost a jolt to hear the post-Revolutionary War diction in the dialogue, complete with accents and airs communicating the ethnic and social diversity of Philadelphia in 1793. When Mattie is plunged into the horror of the most severe yellow fever epidemic in U.S. history, Carr's gentle voice guides listeners through what seems like an apocalypse.”

S.T.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine JUNE 2018


Brilliance Audio

Brilliance Audio

“Narrator Bailey Carr's perfect deadpan tone is fitting for Anya St. Clair, a fashion magazine contributor who expresses more worry over blood-soaked shoes than she does over its source. What begins as friendly competition for a promotion between Anya and her co-worker and obsession, Sarah Taft, turns fiercely fatal as Anya justifies what she's willing to do to achieve her goal. Delivering dark humor at its finest, Carr's narration is most notable for its crystal-clear quality, mostly void of emotion except for moments of rage delivered through gritted teeth. Anya's smooth voice belies her inner turmoil and disdain for the majority of humanity. Her editor, however, is a sharp and commanding presence spitting out orders that only compound the situations Anya finds herself in.”

A.L.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine DECEMBER 2018


Harper Audio

Harper Audio

“Kentuckians Golden "Go" Jennings and her boyfriend, Chandler, travel to New York City to photograph Ellis Island for her grandmother when a bomb explodes on their bus. Carr's diverse tones describe Go's and Chandler's simple lives at their commune, their experience of the vibrant city, and the guilt of being two of only four survivors of the bombing. Her best creation is Go's grandma, who is tough but a wellspring of wisdom. Spencer deftly portrays the deeply troubled and evolving Caroline, the bomber's girlfriend.”

S.G.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine FEBRUARY 2019


Hachette Audio

Hachette Audio

“Bailey Carr narrates this thoughtful story about trauma and survivor's guilt with a tinge of romance. The unnamed protagonist was one of five girls Kyle texted on a lazy summer day. Only one girl, Jamie, agreed to meet up with him, and he murdered her. A year later, Kyle's sentencing is coming up, and the protagonist relives her complex emotions in anticipation of testifying against him. Complicating matters is the fact that she is falling in love with Charlie, Jamie's loyal and loving ex-boyfriend. Carr is believable as a teenage girl, and she perfectly portrays the protagonist's constantly shifting emotional state. Some characters are described as having Southern accents, and Carr voices them convincingly.”

S.P. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine MARCH 2019