Amy Winter on Accents

Musician Jack White puts the spotlight Amy Winter’s video that’s had over 5 million YouTube views in an NPR story The Flipside With Jack White: Why He Loves Accents, But Hates His Own by Bill Boilen. Winter recently released a vinyl 45 with White, Discourse on Accents, that starts with the classic readalong audiobook phrase “You can read along with me in your book. You will know it is time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this…” Doin’ it old school!

If you’ve never seen the video, where Walker morphs between 21 accents, check out her expertise in the video below. Impressive, yes, but nothing I haven’t heard plenty of my favorite audiobook narrators pull off with subtle ease – and let’s not forget Jim Dale, whose creation of 134 voices for a single Harry Potter audiobook put him in the Guinness Book of World Records!

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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