Summer Shorts ’14 – 6/12

Day five of POETRY WEEK! featuring Coleen Marlo reading the Browning classic, How Do I Love Thee? Also today, an awesome group effort from Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell and Käthe Mazur, offering three sonnets from Millay’s Renascence and Other Poems. Be sure to check out Coleen interview over at AudioGals, and Käthe’s, Amy’s and Cassandra’s set hosted at Lakeside Musing.



Listening & Downloading 

How Do I Love Thee? is offered in full for online listening today, 6/12. Full compilation available via Tantor Media – all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.

If player does not function properly, go directly to SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.


How Do I Love Thee?, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” is one of the most famous love poems in the English language. Because it’s so famous, many readers mistakenly attribute the poem to that master sonneteer, William Shakespeare. Prominent Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning first published the poem in 1850. The poem was part of a sonnet sequence called Sonnets from the Portuguese. The title of the sequence is intentionally misleading; Barrett Browning implied to her readers that these were sonnets originally written by someone else in Portuguese and that she had translated them, whereas in reality they were her own original compositions in English. “My little Portuguese” was actually an affectionate nickname that Elizabeth’s husband used for her in private. Barrett Browning wrote the sonnets as a personal declaration of love to her husband, Robert Browning (who was also an important Victorian poet). Perhaps the intimate origin of the sonnets is what led Barrett Browning to create an imaginary foreign origin for them. But whatever the original motives behind their composition and presentation, many of the sonnets immediately became famous, establishing Barrett Browning as an important poet through the 19th and 20th centuries. Phrases from Barrett Browning’s sonnets, especially “How do I love thee?,” have entered everyday conversation, becoming standard figures of speech.

Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor and multi-award winning audiobook voice artist and producer. In 2010 she was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and she won the Audie Award for Literary Fiction in 2011. During her distinguished career, she has been nominated twice for Audie Awards by the Audio Publishers Association, has won numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up awards, and is an Earphones Award winner. Additionally, she has been honored with many starred audio reviews by the Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Coleen is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Furthermore, she is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.Coleen can be found on the web at: Coleen Marlo and on Facebook: ColeenMarloAudiobook


We’re three gals who love to listen to audiobooks – romance in particular. Hence, AudioGals is dedicated to all things romance audio – reviews, opinion and commentary pieces, written and recorded interviews or multi person chats, narrator bios, wish lists, and talk of upcoming releases. Eleven audio reviewers provide their thoughts on their latest listens while we also feature general trends and happenings in the audio industry. Brenda, our tech guru, adds technical advice and tutorials to make your listening easier. Occasionally, we feature other genres such as women’s fiction, urban fantasy, suspense, and mystery. We celebrate the excellence in romance audio and look forward to discovering audio treasures together. We hope you will join us in our journey!



Listening & Downloading 

Sonnets 2, 4 & 6, from Renascence and Other Poems is offered in full for online listening today, 6/12 only. Full compilation includes, 3 & 5, and is available via Tantor Media – all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.

If player does not function properly, go directly to SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.

Cassandra Campbell has recorded and directed over 400 audiobooks. A ten-time Audie Award nominee, she has won twice: for non-fiction in 2011 for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and as one of four readers of The Help, which won both best fiction and best Audio book in 2010. She has been named a best voice by AudioFile Magazine for the past four years, as a voice of the year for both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal in 2009 and 2010, as well as being on Audible’s Best Of Lists for 2010 and 2011. She has received nearly two-dozen AudioFile Earphone’s Awards and many starred reviews. In addition to her voice over work in both audio books and commercials, she continues to work as a theatre director and actor: last summer she directed As You Like It for the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles.



Käthe Mazur (pronounced “Kay-ta”),is best known on television for the role of DDA Andrea Hobbs that she plays on both The Closer and it’s hit spin-off, Major Crimes. She has recorded over 100 audiobooks, including the multi-award winning Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, and The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, and the works of Nora Ephron, Tess Gerritsen and Jacquelyn Mitchard, among many others. She also has the distinction of having recorded both Hillary Clinton’s and Anne Coulter’s books in the same month. She has won multiple Earphone awards, is an Audie nominee and been on all sorts of great Best Books lists. She will appear soon on American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood, and has worked extensively as an actress in film, theater and television, including The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Suspect Behavior, ER, and Monk. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.




Amy Rubinate has narrated over 140 audiobooks, and has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her books have been selected as Booklist’s Top 10 Historical Fiction and Booklist Editor’s Choice Media 2012. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and has won state and national awards for poetry reading. A voice actor and singer for over a decade, Amy has narrated many interactive children’s books and provided character voices for toys and video games. Her one-woman cabaret shows have been performed in New York and San Francisco. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and reviewed in the New York Times.



Lakeside Musing, created in 2008, is a mostly bookish blog. The primary focus is contemporary fiction, classics, and audiobooks, but anything literary is fair game. Other features include food, travel, and our ever-changing lake view.

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