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PRAISE for HAZEL SCOTT Audiobook:
"Chilton's calm, eloquent tone replicates Scott's 1940s musical style...[her] soft, melodious voice captures the listener's attention with its hypnotic stillness. This performance invokes the memories of smoked-filled jazz clubs and the Hollywood glam of the era."
"Karen Chilton's mellifluous voice is perfect for the study of a jazz singer. " AUDIOFILE
REVIEW for THE NEW JIM CROW Audiobook:
"Narrator Karen Chilton reads this work as an academic analysis and a social critique, and she succeeds on both levels...Chilton effectively captures the tone and intent of this important study."
From Best-selling Author HUGH HOWEY
Seriously...This is one of the best voices I've ever heard. There's an exotic and ethnic flavor that makes this an ageless and worldly reading. Absolutely love it."
"Karen Chilton's fluid alto is a good fit for this biography of Thomas Jefferson. Chilton's pacing and inflection are never off. She narrates with a calm demeanor, competently affecting various accents for quotes and ably giving subtle expression to the narrative. It all adds up to an enjoyable listening experience."
"Karen Chilton gracefully narrates this fascinating account of the unlikely friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and African-American activist Pauli Murray. Chilton's blend of dignity and passion is suitable to recount their remarkable relationship, which persisted over decades despite daunting challenges and vastly different stations in life...Chilton breathes life into the many eloquent letters between the two women, who were both gifted at articulating their political visions with inspiration and beauty."
REVIEW for I'VE GOT A HOME IN GLORY LAND
by Karolyn Smardz Frost
AudioFile Earphones Award
Karen Chilton's masterful performance brings to life the eyewitness accounts of a daring escape while humanizing an academic narrative. Chilton makes her listener a co-conspirator in the “great social tool of the nineteenth century,” as the Underground Railroad has been described. Even though the story’s outcome is known, Chilton keeps listeners on pins and needles as they experience the fear of the escaping couple who are "stealing" themselves. This is gem for any lover of American history.
"Karen Chilton relies on tone more than accents in her narration, and her approach fits the book well...Chilton expresses the dignity of the people being written about as the fabric of this unique part of America is stitched together for listeners."
AUDIOFILE EARPHONES AWARD
Narrator Karen Chilton echoes the determination of Civil Rights activists in Mississippi's often overlooked but hugely influential March against Fear in 1966. As Martin Luther King, Jr., sought to temper more revolutionary members, Chilton conjures his famously Southern, deliberate, and lyrical manner of speech. She rhythmically repeats the marchers' chant: "What do we want? Freedom! When do we want it? Now!" When young Stokely Carmichael becomes the group's most prominent spokesperson, Chilton brings compelling intensity to his speeches and the marchers' new rallying cry: "Black Power. Black Power." Her measured narration evokes the steady tramp, tramp, tramp of feet marching towards justice. L.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2017]