Today it's a full cast audio production of Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle.
However, I must confess I miss hearing Gaiman's voice. He has a wonderful way with words, both in crafting a story in print and then recreating it in audio format. (See: M is for Magic)
Achieving excellence in both formats is a difficult task.
I have been thinking about authors who can successfully narrate their own books. Here are three books which have been recognized both for excellence in writing and in narration. Kudos to these multitalented author/narrators.
The stakes are raised as the game moves far beyond the court, around the world and eventually into outer space.
The trash-talking duo, keep upping the ante. I couldn't wait to turn the page and find out what amazing mind-blowing shot was coming next.
This book's premise is attitude and swagger to the max.
Myers is both the author, and illustrator for the print edition. His art is vibrant and captures the essence of the city. It compliments the back-and forth showmanship of the two basketball players and makes this book shine.
Christopher Myers with Dion Graham bring this court-side picture book to life.
What's not to love about an award sash that doubles as a bandolier, replacing bullets with tubes of lipstick?
When a plane filled with beauty pageant contestants crashes on a remote island the young women must use survival skills, while preparing for pageant competition AND dealing with a ruthless corporation involved in an arms deal.
The cast of characters is huge, each brought vividly to life by Bray. She excels at tell the tale from multiple, yes multiple, points of view.
Here's a book that will make you smirk, laugh-out-loud and cause you to think. It doesn't get better than Beauty Queens.
Libba Bray rocks a huge cast of characters with an assortment of regional accents.
The book offers a glimpse inside the world of show business, a taste of the intoxicating thrill of performing, and a sample of the wonders of New York City.
At it's heart, its a story about a boy who doesn't think he fits in. It's about finding out about who you are and how to create your own happy ending.
The book is chock full of clever lines and hilarious scenes that beg to be shared with a friend. There are tender moments that will tug at your heart and leave you with a desire to follow your own dream.
That's a lot for one weekend!
But stay tuned for the follow up book Five, Six, Seven, Nate.
With perfect timing, Federle's narration coaxes out the spot-on nuances of this star-struck character.