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A+ Audio: Happy Accidents

Jane Lynch: my new BFF! Heartfelt audiobook memoir as perfect girl-talk car commute companion. The power of hearing the author sharing every detail of life’s happy accidents? You’ll be driving around the block to spend more time with Jane, as you bond together over her acting insecurities, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and critical success. Happy Accidents is pure listening perfection, inviting you to lean forward with tears in your eyes as Jane shares the letter she wrote to her parents explaining that she is gay, while the next moment you’ll throw your head back in hysterical laughter at the description of life’s crazy relationships. I must admit that I have one CD of this audiobook unheard and can hardly bring myself to listen  – I just don’t want my time with Jane to be over!

I wish that I could have both Jane & my other audio BFF, Lisa Scottoline, in the car at the same time. I think I’ll work on a “If you liked Scottoline’s Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, you’ll like…” listen-alike compliation, with Happy Accidents the first on the list.  I had the honor of speaking with Lisa, her daughter Francesca Scottoline Serritella, and children & YA author Gary Paulsen about their experiences recording their own memoirs in my Voices in My Head column My Life, My Words, My Voice. If you’re interested in how authors react to reading the story of their lives, check it out. I’ll bet the experience is different for actors who record their memoirs. Perhaps I can try to give my new BFF Jane a call to see exactly what she thought about her time in the audiobook studio. Or maybe I’ll just have to settle for watching the in-studio interview that publisher Harper Audio did with Jane! In the video below, Jane gives you some background on how & why she wrote Happy Accidents. And if you haven’t seen Jane and Lara’s It Gets Better video, watch it as well. Now do yourself a favor – go get a copy of the audiobook for yourself & listen 🙂



About the Author:

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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  1.' Cheryl says:

    I love listening to Lisa Scottoline! I listen to the her audiobooks when I’m out running and the stories help me go a little further. Please make a listen-alike for her. I’ll check out Happy Accidents on audio too. How you feel about the last disc of that was how I felt about the last disc of Bossypants. I didn’t want Tina Fey to leave me on my commute by myself!

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