The early years of the 20th century marked a time of tremendous social change:Â a war like nothing anyone had experienced was about to break out across Europe, women would soon agitate for and win the right to vote, the medical breakthroughs of penicillin and a vaccine for tuberculosis were just around the corner.Â It was the dawn of the modern era.Â Yet as the setting and incidents in The Ballroom reveal, the mental health profession was in a dark age, and a long way from understanding the plight of women and the poor.
When I first heard the premise of Elizabeth Lettsâ€™s The Perfect Horse, I will admit I was skeptical after reading the description. I thought the title Saving Private Sea Biscuit would be more appropriate. I couldnâ€™t imagine how anybody would put their life on the line in the middle of a world war save some purebred horses. Iâ€™ve read a lot of World War II stories and thought I had heard of everything, from the landings at Anzio to Operation Zitadelle. But once I had heard the story about the kidnapping of hundreds of horses told in The Perfect Horse, I realized that these horses were swept up in the war just like so many millions of people. And even though they were animals, their rescue by the U.S. Army was no less heroic. Although it does not feature the same battles as the typical World War II story, The Perfect Horse is just as interesting and thrilling. Whether youâ€™re a fan of WWII history, or of thoroughbred horses, thereâ€™s something for you to love in this audiobook.
Since the launch ofÂ This is the Author, we’ve had the joy ofÂ sharing more than 40 episodes from the author’s perspective to the audiobook production process. One thing that they all agree on:Â theyÂ have a new appreciation for the medium. A lot goes into recording an audiobook, and it’s a blastÂ to be a part of the process.
Here areÂ some of our favoriteÂ This is the Author Â episodesÂ (so far):
How far would you go to help a friend? Have you ever had a friend that was so close to you that you would put your own life on the line to save theirs? Most of us will never have to make that kind of decision. Devotion by Adam Makos is about two comrades-in-arms whose bond was so strong that even the worst adversity couldnâ€™t pull them apart. Equal parts inspiring and tragic; their story is one of the most compelling Iâ€™ve listened to this year. Read more
Full disclosure: I love Drew Barrymore!Â Sheâ€™s been one of my favorite actresses ever since I first watched E.T. as a small child.Â And by â€śwatched,â€ť I mean that I completely balled my eyes out the entire time E.T. couldnâ€™t get home. My next Drew Barrymore cinematic experience occurred when I was 10 years old.Â I watched in fascination as Barrymore transformed into one of my favorite fairytale characters, Cinderella, in Ever After and actually showed the prince a thing or two about rescuing.Â That was followed by Never Been Kissed, Charlieâ€™s Angels, 50 First Dates, and a whole bunch of other amazing movies that I, unfortunately, donâ€™t have the time or space to list. Read more