Julia Whelan and her book “Thanks for Listening: A Novel.” Whelan will appear with fellow author Allison Winn Scotch at the “Super Book IV” event in San Diego on Feb. 16 Julia Whelan is a bestselling author, a screenwriter, an actor, a Grammy-nominated audiobook director and an award-winning audiobook narrator. How does she select the book to bring to life through her voice? “Usually, it just comes down to scheduling,” Whelan said. “There are authors I've been working with for a decade whose books I prioritize, and there are audiobook producers who know my tastes so well that if they send something my way, I do everything I can to make it happen. “A lot of it comes down to a gut feeling,” she said. “There isn't time to read the book before deciding, so I have to base my decision on the synopsis. If my instinctive response is, ‘I'd buy this from a bookstore,' then I say yes.” Whelan has narrated more than 400 audiobooks in different genres. She has won many awards, including the Audie Award for Best Female Narrator of 2019 and won Audiofile Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Golden Voice Award in 2020. She's considered one of the top narrators in the industry today. Her own books include “My Oxford Year” and “Thank You for Listening.” Whelan will be co-hosting the half-time portion of Adventures by the Book's “Super Book IV: A San Diego Adventure featuring 22 New York Times best-selling authors” with Allison Winn Scotch, on […]
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