Coleen Marlo joins us today, offering The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry. Coleen also joins Jennifer at Literate Housewife today, so be sure to check it out!
The Gift of the Magi is offered in full for online listening through June 27th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read. The full compilation will be available for download from Downpour on 6/30.
In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult.
As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside. The poignancy of his story is captured in P.J. Lynch’s eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth.
Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor/voice over artist, with well over 100 books to her credit. Publishers Weekly named her Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010. She has been nominated twice by the Audio Publishers Association for the prestigious Audie Award, and won the Audio Award for Literary Fiction in 2011. Coleen has won numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up awards, and is an Earphones Award winner. She is a member of the renowned Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
Jennifer began book blogging as a personal challenge to read 52 books in 2007. Literate Housewife grew out of her need to carve out a space for herself. She enjoys reading literary fiction, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction.
Over the past three years, audiobooks have become an increasing important part of her reading life. They’ve encouraged her to expand her literary horizons. She co-founded the Armchair Audies to help celebrate the best in audiobooks.
She hopes that one day her two daughters will learn to love books and audiobook narrators as much as she does.