I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Action, romance, and gender-bending in medieval England; Scarlet is satisfying in every way.
When my daughter was three, she was swept up in the legend of Robin Hood. She dressed up in green and shot imaginary arrows all through the house. She thought nothing of playing a “boy” character. By the time she was four, she’d learned enough at pre-school to know that the only place in the Robin Hood story for girls, was as Maid Marion: waiting.
But Scarlet is waiting for no one. She's on the run from the malevolent Lord Gisbourne and has joined Robin Hood's Merry Men as a boy. Nobody but Robin and Big John knows her secret.
Scarlet can take care of herself. “Rob and John shot daggers at each other. With their eyes, leastways. I’m the only one who shoots real daggers.”
But that doesn’t preclude some tantalizing romantic tension between her and Robin, “'I’ll keep your heart, Scar,' he whispered. 'If you keep mine.'”
Narrated by the honey-voiced Helen Stern, a veteran romance and erotica reader, she brings just the right amount of swagger and vulnerability to our heroine.
Howard Zinn's classic history of the US from the viewpoint of the Native Americans, slaves, and other underdogs has not only been revised for young people, it INCLUDES the history of young people; young sailors on Columbus's ships, young soldiers, young servants.
This is an essential companion to the standard history we were taught in school. Zinn takes Churchill’s famous line, “History is written by the victors,” and turns it upside down. He writes, “Every historian’s own ideas and beliefs go into the way he or she writes history,” and he takes the view of “more than just the conquerers and leaders.” He gives a voice to the vanquished.
In this young people’s version, violence of American history has not been whitewashed, but it has been made less graphic, and all has been simplified, though certainly not dumbed down.
Jeff Zinn’s narration keeps it all clear and steers away from the strident outrage that could so easily creep in to the subject.
Compellingly written and inclusive, this is a great listen.