I've never used audiobooks. Curling up with a book has always been my greatest pleasure. The printed word -- whether on paper or electronic screen -- is my catnip. So I was first surprised, and then utterly delighted, to listen to my own book being read by a talented voice-over artist. Suddenly I was hearing things in the story that I had forgotten. The characters were speaking directly to me. Their emotions became mine.
I loved it, and not just because I was listening to my own book. The sensation of listening to a story takes me back to my own childhood. The first book I remember hearing was (naturally) a cat story called "What about Whiskers?", and I still have it somewhere. But reading it now, while fun, is no match for hearing my mother's voice reading the story to me. Maybe that's why I'm so pleased with this new release.
Here's the audio version of Beyond All Price, originally published in 2010. This biographical novel is based on the life of Nellie M. Chase, who served with the Roundhead Regiment as their matron and nurse during 1862. Readers met Nellie for the first time in A Scratch with the Rebels. Now Nellie gets to tell her own story -- how she came to the Roundheads, and what happened to her after the Battle of Secessionville.
The audio version was produced by ACX, the audio branch of Amazon, and is available through several channels: Amazon, Audible.com, and Apple iTunes. The book's narrator and producer, Adrianne Price, is a multi-talented voice-over artist. Here's a small sample as she reads a confrontation between Nellie and a wise old slave woman from Beaufort, South Carolina, about the dangers of running away from one's troubles.
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