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@AudioFileMag February/March 2018 n 69 Audiobooks that Model Storytelling COME HOME WITH ME TO BUTTON END: Stories of Hope & Laughter, Vol. 1 Bruce Allen, read by Bruce Allen Allen's performance techniques include humor and poignancy as careful season- ings for his stories about boyhood in a working-class immigrant community. Great listening and modeling for ages 8 through adult. Bruce Allen Audio Program Trade Ed.: DD REMEMBRANCES: Stories of Hospice and Home Care: Vol. 1 Bruce Allen, read by Bruce Allen As a volunteer in hospice care, Allen told stories to soothe and comfort elderly patients, and patients told him stories of their earlier years in return. This collection demonstrates the importance of stories in caregiving, and the ways storytelling can be an exchange between relative strang- ers, and offers support to those new to how storytelling works. Great listening and modeling for ages 14 through adult. Bruce Allen Audio Program Trade Ed.: DD ONE WHOLE AND PERFECT DAY Judith Clarke, read by Gretal Montgomery The author is a master of interconnected stories that unfold into a complete and intricate narrative. Characters from a nursing home, a teenaged girl frustrated by her so-far lack of romance, and racism in Australia inform the story arcs and the overall narrative, delivered through the carefully chosen tones and pacing of the narrator. Great listening and modeling for ages 12 through 18. Brilliance Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, MP3, DD Library Ed.: CD, MP3, DD FRIENDS COME BACK Donald Davis, read by Donald Davis A pair of stories, each covering a lengthy period of time, rather than a single episode in a life, allow listeners to appreciate how the storyteller communicates the details with well-chosen pacing. Great listening and modeling for ages 12 through adult. August House Audio Program Trade Ed.: DD LISTENING FOR THE CRACK OF DAWN Donald Davis, read by Donald Davis Four stories evoke four different moods while this expert storyteller seems to speak casually and without regard for plot—until listeners are reeled in for the ultimate meaning of the whole. Great listening and modeling for ages 8 through adult. August House Audio Program Trade Ed.: DD THE STORYTELLER'S SECRET Carmine Gallo, read by Carmine Gallo Both an analysis and a demonstration of powerful storytelling, this audiobook offers inspiration and practical tools to those who want to improve their speaking and idea-communicating skills. Great listening and modeling for older teens and adults. Macmillan Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD VACATIONLAND John Hodgman, read by John Hodgman Moving his essays off the page and giving his expert oral presentation of them, Hodgman adds a dose of sardonic humor to his narration as he explores middle-age malaise. With expert timing and pacing, this gifted storyteller has made wise and careful choices in the performance as well as the material. Great listening and model- ing for adults. (See review, page 24.) Penguin Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Books on Tape Library Ed.: DD THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE Joshilyn Jackson, read by the author In the performance of her own character-rich novel, the author clarifies how spoken lan- guage can invigorate an already lively text. Beyond creating voices, she alters pace and tone to draw in the listening audience. Great listening and modeling for adults. Harper Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD TOUCH MAGIC . . . PASS IT ON Janet Yolen, read by Milbre Burch Fantasy author Yolen's short stories receive voice and judicious pacing from a master storyteller. Great listening and modeling for ages 8 through 12. Weston Woods Studios; available from Kind Crone Productions Audio Program Trade Ed.: DD

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