Philip Glass opera about audiobook narrator stuck in a closet: #audiomonth gold!


So Carin Gilfry heads into a closet to record an audiobook… Sounds like the set up to a joke perfect for “June is Audiobook Month.” But no, this is a true story, shared for the world on This American Life. Listen in to hear the world’s first audiobook opera, composed by Philip Glass. (Spoiler alert: the lyrics – or should I say lyric – is “Help”). The multi-talented, operetically-trained Gilfry sings her own tale of woe – and fills the audience in on the backstory. Listen for free this week at 

Here’s the link to buy, or check out the podcast schedule for 528: The Radio Drama Episode :



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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