Performance notes:Created through ACX, this novel of faith lost and hope found in translation, Songs for the Butcher's...Created through ACX, this novel of faith lost and hope found in translation, Songs for the Butcher's Daughter is at once an immigrant's epic saga, a love story for the ages, a Yiddish-inflected laughing-through-tears tour of world history for Jews and Gentiles alike, and a testament to Manseau's ambitious genius.
Performance notes:a RandomHouse Audio production:
"Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers ...a RandomHouse Audio production:
"Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. Now, this extraordinary icon tells us the story of that life, giving us its full breadth, letting us share in the struggles, the tragedies, and, most of all, the inspiring triumphs..."
Performance notes:A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Thomas W. French.
Produced by Unique U...A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Thomas W. French.
Produced by Unique Urban Audio through ACX.
Performance notes:Walter Mosley has crafted an introspective, somewhat sad private investigator, Leonid McGill, whose ...Walter Mosley has crafted an introspective, somewhat sad private investigator, Leonid McGill, whose goal is trying to maintain that difficult balance on a straight and narrow path. Mosley's book is intelligently written and thoughtful—even the descriptive, though never gratuitous, fight scenes. Mirron Willis's voice for McGill, an African-American in his early 50s, is amazingly consistent. The supporting characters who surround McGill—New York cops, his teenage stepson, his Scandinavian wife, a hired killer, and others—are diverse, and Willis gives each a tone and identity. But his forte is pacing, simple, quiet, deliberate pauses show McGill's introspection and reflect the predicament he’s in.
A wonderful debut for Mosley's latest character.
Performance notes:Earphone Award Winner
A rich story and authentic sounding dialect distinguish this dynamic audio. C...Earphone Award Winner
A rich story and authentic sounding dialect distinguish this dynamic audio. Curtis's Caldecott Honor Book tells the story of Elijah, an 11-year-old boy who is the first freeborn black in his Buxton, Canada, settlement. Elijah is working on overcoming his fears of snakes and living down the story of how, as a baby, he threw up on Frederick Douglass. Mirron Willis delivers depth of emotion as he shapes the story's rhythms and pacing. He successfully shifts from a light comedic tone of much of the story to a tone of chilling determination when Elijah becomes involved in a dangerous mission to free a group of slaves. AudioFile 2008
In Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor book, Mirron Willis effortlessly varies his rich, textured voice to make each character unique. This story will captivate listeners.
School Library Journal
Performance notes:Earphones Award Winner
Mirron Willis gives a virtuoso performance in Larry Karp's second immersion ...Earphones Award Winner
Mirron Willis gives a virtuoso performance in Larry Karp's second immersion in the syncopated rhythms of ragtime. In THE RAGTIME KID, listeners were present at ragtime's beginnings. Here, the musical genre is dying, as is its most famous practitioner, Scott Joplin. In desperation, Joplin takes his latest work to Irving Berlin, although he believes Berlin plagiarized his earlier work. Because of the advanced state of his illness, Joplin's grip on reality is shaky, and when he's found standing over a body holding a straight razor, no one is sure of what happened. Willis never strikes a false note in Karp's well-researched period mystery. He fashions living human beings of all colors, textures, and dispositions with only his smooth, sultry voice. A rich listen.
Performance notes:Mirron Willis' reading is wonderful. He brings the characters to life. Stowe's story telling is vivi...Mirron Willis' reading is wonderful. He brings the characters to life. Stowe's story telling is vivid and the theater Willis creates is exciting.
If you're debating on which version to get, this is THE one! Mirron Willis is, by far, the best narrator I've EVER heard.
Performance notes:What would it be like to become Idi Amin's personal physician? Giles Foden's best-selling thriller i...What would it be like to become Idi Amin's personal physician? Giles Foden's best-selling thriller is the story of a young Scottish doctor drawn into the heart of the Ugandan dictator's surreal and brutal regime.
Performance notes:Earphones Award Winner
Things are not what they appear in this African-American neighborhood in Los...Earphones Award Winner
Things are not what they appear in this African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles has a gateway to fairy land. When Mack Street makes the scene as an abandoned baby, peculiar things are set to happen as he learns to pass between worlds. Mirron E.Willis takes charge of this urban fantasy from the first word to the last. With a cast of characters ranging from an uptight professor and a young street preacher to a modern-day Puck and a fairy queen, Willis has a grand time with street talk, straight talk, and sweet jive talk. He makes strong use of cadence, tone, and timing to bring this neighborhood to life.
Performance notes:When astronomers stripped Pluto of its planethood in 2006, it set off a surprisingly passionate deba...When astronomers stripped Pluto of its planethood in 2006, it set off a surprisingly passionate debate. As director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Neil deGrasse Tyson was at the center of the dispute, and he tells his side of the story with wit and humility in this audio. Mirron Willis does a fine job conveying the audiobook's humor, including the letters from children who are angry that Tyson helped to demote their favorite planet.
Performance notes:From the opening words, narrator Mirron Willis makes listeners sit up and take notice. His insistent...From the opening words, narrator Mirron Willis makes listeners sit up and take notice. His insistent tone gives seemingly ordinary events an air of importance
Willis's performance is strong, credible, and engaging
Willis's performance of Carter's novel is top-notch
Latest Unique Urban Audio productions: Songs for the Butchers Daughter by Peter Manseau (ACX) A Continent For The Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (ACX): Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories (ACX); Best Bondage Erotica (ACX) Best Black GayErotica (ACX) and Prince (Blackstone Audio); Victims (MindWings Audio); Freedom Riders (Audible Inc.)
Recent Narration: My Song by Harry Belafonte (RandomHouse); All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosely (Penguin Audio) Soon to be released: LINKS and CROSSBONES by Nuruudin Farah (Audible)
Audible Inc: LINKS and CROSSBONES by Nurradin Farah FREEDOM Riders by Raymond Arsenault
Blackstone Audio: WHEN I LEFT HOME: My Story by Buddy Guy PRINCE by Ronin Ro ICE by Ice T MAGIC STREET by Orson Scott Card THEM by Nathan McCall THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND by Giles Foden THE KING OF RAGTIME by Larry Karp THE PLUTO FILES by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson THE ‘N' WORD by Jabari Asim UNCLE TOM'S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATES by Michael S. Lief and H. Mitchell THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois GO LONG! by Jerry Rice with Brian Curtis
Christian Audio: PRAYERS THAT BRING HEALING by John Eckhardt PRAYERS THAT RELEASE HEAVEN ON EARTH by John Eckhardt ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY POWER by John Eckhardt
Random House/Listening Library/Books On Tape MY SONG by Harry Belefonte THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT by Katie Couric ELIJAH OF BUXTON (Odyssey Honor, Earphones Award) by Christopher Paul Curtis SAG HARBOR (Earphone Award) by Colson Whitehead THE TRANSLATOR (Earphone Award) by Daoud Hari A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT (Earphones Award) by Terry McMillan WHEN THE THRILL IS GONE by Walter Mosley KNOWN TO EVIL by Walter Mosley THE LONG FALL by Walter Mosley SIX EASY PIECES by Walter Mosley BAD BOY BRAWLY BROWN by Walter Mosley WALKING THE DOG by Walter Mosley START WHERE YOU ARE by Chris Gardner TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME by Pearl Cleage COME TO WIN: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession by Venus Williams PORCH LIES by Patricia McKissack INVISABLE LIFE by E. Lynn Harris ABIDE WITH ME by E. Lynn Harris ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS by E. Lynn Harris BASKETBALL JONES by E. Lynn Harris I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER by E. Lynn Harris JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by E. Lynn Harris JUST AS I AM by E. Lynn Harris BRENDAN BUCKLEY'S UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT by Sundee T. Frazier KEYSHIA AND CLYDE by Treasure E. Blue A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN by Dana Canedy PALACE COUNCIL by Stephen L. Carter SIX FEET, SIX INCHES by Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson
Inspired by: THE BIBLE EXPERIENCE
Skyboat Road: I SEE THE RYTHYM OF GOSPEL by Toyomi Ingus KEEPER OF DREAMS by Orson Scott Card ENDER IN EXILE by Orson Scott Card HEARTFIRE by Orson Scott Card ENDERS'S GAME by Orson Scott Card ALVIN JOURNEY MAN by Orson Scott Card FOLK ON THE FRINGE by Orson Scott Card ORSON SCOTT CARD'S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW THE ROCK RATS by Ben Bova BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1999-2000 BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1995 ISLAM AND WORLD PEACE by M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen BEST OF 2001 FANTASY WHITE HATS edited by Robert J. Randisi NAOMI AND ELY'S NO KISS LIST by Ludy Cham BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS by Nancy Kress RESONANCE by A.J. Scudiere TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Charles & Mary Lamb
FILM & TELEVISION: Criminal Minds, The Exes, ID4, Monk, et. al
2011 Audie Nominee for A Raisin in the Sun (Best Ensemble) 2011 Audie Nominee for Williams Leap for Freedom (Best Original Work) Earphone Award Winner/Odyssey Honor for Elijah of Buxton By Chirstopher Paul Curtis Earphone Award Winner for The Translator By Daoud Hari Earphone Award Winner for Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead Earphone Award Winner for The King of Ragtime by Larry Karp Earphone Award Winner for Magic Street by Orson Scott Card Earphone Award Winner for A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan Audiofile Magazine Best Voices of 2009