Behind the Mic: On Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, Read by the Author and Melania-Luisa Marte
Jo Reed and Emily Connelly Discuss This Outstanding Novel-in-Verse
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Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly applaud Elizabeth Acevedo’s newest audiobook, told in free verse and narrated with passion and heart by the author along with Melania-Luisa Marte. Two girls lose their father in a plane crash and come to discover his deepest secret — they are sisters living an ocean apart. Melania-Luisa Marte narrates as Camino, the Dominican daughter whose father comes home every summer. She’s longed to take what she’s learned as an apprentice healer and start medical school in New York, and now knows her father had a secret life there. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates as Yahaira, who lives in New York with her mother and has a loving girlfriend in the apartment next door; she discovered her father’s secret marriage but didn’t confront him about it before he died. The two narrators alternate perspectives between chapters, and each narrator highlights the girls’ passion, grief, and resiliency. Extraordinary on audio.
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Support for Behind the Mic comes from Blackstone Publishing, publisher of the audiobook of Richard Adams’ classic tale Watership Down. This May Blackstone is celebrating the centenary of the author’s birth. This is a great moment to reflect on the novel and experience it all over again, as well as introduce it to a new generation of listeners. Read by the actor Peter Capaldi, Watership Down is an exciting adventure story and an engaging allegory about freedom, ethics, and human nature. A stirring epic of courage and survival against the odds, the beloved classic continues to be discovered by readers of all ages. Watership Down from Blackstone Publishing is available wherever you get your audiobooks, including Downpour.com.