Some of you already know that during the past couple of years I’ve been building a career as an audiobook narrator!
Listen here to a sample of my award-winning narration for Maryka Biaggio’s historical fiction debut. PARLOR GAMES, about May Dugas, the real-life 19th-c. American con artist dubbed by the Pinkerton Agency “the most dangerous woman in the world.” Winner of an AudioFile Earphones award, the industry standard of excellence for audiobook narration. AudioFile’s review states “Leslie Carroll flawlessly captures May’s charm, as well as her devil-may-care attitude. May is a compelling character, and Carroll makes her all the more so, while also doing a wonderful job of giving unique voices to the other characters—men and women alike. This story of Gilded Age schemes is delightfully fun, and Carroll’s narration is the perfect complement.”
I narrated Carrie Bebris’s sixth “Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery,” THE DECEPTION AT LYME (or The Perils of Persuasion) using a range of English accents for a gamut of male and female characters of all social stripes to bring Jane Austen’s beloved characters (and some of Ms. Bebris’s own creations) to vivid life, not only in the dialogue, but in the novel’s entire narrative. Please listen to the recording here. AudioFile Magazine praised my narration with “Leslie Carroll assumes the accent of the British gentry, drawing clear distinctions between characters who run the gamut from the friendly Darcys to the pretentious Elliots. Familiarity with Austen’s novels is not necessary to enjoy this series, although some listeners may be charmed enough to visit the original works.”
And under my historical fiction pen name Juliet Grey I recorded BECOMING MARIE ANTOINETTE, the first novel in my trilogy on the life of France’s most notorious and glamorous queen. I invite you to listen to a sample here.
As Juliet Grey I write about Gliding in Marie Antoinette’s footsteps for Peeking Between the Pages. Read Guest Post
Check out my interview on what might be expected from William & Catherine’s state visit to Canada in July 2011!
With the March 1 release of ROYAL PAINS, plus an upcoming event of international interest, I had a whirlwind couple of months prior to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011, with numerous guest appearances on radio and television stations from the US Virgin Islands to Maui, from New England to Colorado, and from Tampa to Kansas.
I was also interviewed from London on the wedding day by the Wall Street Journal and USAToday as well as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (you can hear the cbcradio interview below.) Actually, the interview requests began back in November 2010, as soon as William and Kate announced their engagement. When you’ve written books titled NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES and ROYAL AFFAIRS, the media comes knocking at your door.
On the evening of April 29, I spoke with Day 6 of cbcradio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), to give them a postmortem on the royal wedding and to chat about monarchs, marriages, and mayhem. Listen to my take.
“Sex and Politics: oh, yes, the twain do meet! On April 18, 2011, I spent a full hour discussing notorious royal marriages, royal affairs, royal pains, and the upcoming royal wedding on “Straight Talk with Holland Redfield,” AM 970, broadcast from the sunny U.S. Virgin Islands.” Listen to the show:
Read my chronological rundown of the 10 most notorious weddings in English history (and what made them such a big deal) in this article for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric interviews Leslie during the week of the royal wedding. Read About/Watch the segment
Leslie on the New England Cable News network. Watch the segment
Billy Frank (Brainstorming with Billy the Brain) interviews Leslie on KKZZ AM 1400 (Ventura, CA) Listen to the show.
Quoted in USAToday’s weekend edition 4/21/11; frontpage article on the royal wedding at http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2011-04-21-royal-wedding-william-kate-england.htm
Watch Leslie on “Books Over Breakfast,” WCAX
Read all about why the life of a royal isn’t always tea and crumpets on www.msnbc.com at
http://bltwy.msnbc.msn.com/politics/why-being-royal-isnt-that-glam-after-all-9438.gallery Read the text on the right and scroll through the article by clicking on the red arrow on each subsequent screen; I’m quoted throughout the article, starting on the third screen or so.http://www.usaweekend.com/fdcp/?1297542435187