Audible Editor - Tricia Ford


Tricia Ford

Tricia listens to discover characters and voices that transport her, not to a fantasy world, but to the heart of what it is to be human in this world. Fiction, memoirs, and quirky science can all fit the bill, but what enthralls her the most are characters who are perfectly alive even if they happen to be make-believe.

Tricia's Featured Reviews

A must-listen for fans of Toni Morrision

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Performed by Karen Chilton

The Prophets is a debut novel by a writer with an extraordinary gift for storytelling. Robert Jones, Jr.’s prose is lyrical, challenging, beautiful, and horrifying. This epic historical fiction tells the story of Samuel and Isaiah—two enslaved men in love on a Deep South plantation. They have always been known as an inseparable pair, but as their romantic love is revealed to others, they begin to find themselves in increasing danger. Told from the perspective of an array of characters, the narrative is largely in third person, with each chapter coming from a different perspective. Mixed in are chapters told in first person plural—where the old gods of Africa, watching over the descendants of those who worshiped them, share wisdom and serve as witnesses. This is where I became completely mesmerized by narrator Karen Chilton’s performance. I listened, and relistened, and will surely go back again to reexperience the profound beauty of this masterpiece.

A treasure trove of songs and stories

Dolly Parton, Songteller by Dolly Parton

Performed by Dolly Parton

Musical memoirs are all the rage here at Audible! So while I typically go for fiction finds when choosing my picks, I just had to jump on the bandwagon (get it, “band” wagon?) and join in on the fun. How lucky are we to have a new memoir—filled with personal stories, life wisdom, and yes, musical interludes—from the American treasure that is Dolly Parton!?! She frames her story through her songs—taking the listener on a real musical journey. Dolly is timeless. Her authenticity and talent shine through and she reminds me of all that is good in this world.

A locked-room mystery that's pure Backman

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Performed by Marin Ireland

After unsuccessfully attempting to hold up a cashless bank, a desperate father accidentally creates a hostage situation after running headfirst into an apartment viewing. From our bumbling would-be robber, to the collection of “regular” folks locked in together, to the father–son cop team who lead the investigation, each character has a story to be told. What’s revealed is pure Backman truth-telling that perfectly captures the human experience with humor, tenderness, and wisdom. And the shining glory of this listen is narrator Marin Ireland’s performance. She simply nails it—all of it: Backman’s uncanny ability to get to the heart of things and in giving each and every quirky character a voice that resonates. I’m still smiling and can’t wait for the next Backman/Ireland collaboration!

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