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2020 AUDIE AWARD for
2020 AUDIOFILE GOLDEN EARPHONES AWARD for NARRATION
This audiobook achieves an exceptional performance of an important work on a difficult subject--mass murder and its aftermath. Karen Chilton seamlessly moves from rendering narrative of the horrific Charleston Church massacre to a chilling delivery of killer Dylann Roof's monotone. Her skill with Southern accents makes the people involved with this event come alive. She strikingly emulates the emotions of the survivors and the victims' loved ones, and her performances of the speeches of Governor Nikki Haley and President Obama strike just the right notes. The author, a local journalist, meticulously reports the tragic murders of nine African-Americans who were gunned down during a Bible study meeting and honors the survivors who find the grace to forgive the unrepentant killer.
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."
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 mellifluous voice is perfect for the study of a jazz singer. " AUDIOFILE
"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."
AudioFile Golden 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 GOLDEN 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]