Narrator Update – Karen White

Eargasms Narrator Spotlight Update Karen White


2015 was the year of series new and old for me!  Besides continuing to narrate books from old favorites like Julie James (AudioFile Magazine Best Voices 2015), Jill Shalvis (Audie Finalist 2015) and Emilie Richards, I added a new series from Jill, the Cedar Ridge series.  And following up on the success of Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series, I recorded her entire Dark Protectors series (7 full length plus 3 novellas) in just three months!

In the mystery genre, I recorded the Andy Brazil series by Patricia Cornwell (very quirky and surprisingly funny) and the Books by the Bay series by Ellery Adams (set in a fictional coastal NC town near me) as well as added to the Booktown series by Lorna Barrett (classic cozy).  

I just totaled them up and I think I worked on about 45 books this year, so very thankful for all that work, including some fascinating non-fiction like Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter and The Burma Spring by Rena Pederson. And I love that I ended the year with a very useful book on vitamins and minerals called Fortify Your Life by integrative medicine expert Tierona Low Dog and am starting the year with the title that needs no explanation: Live Happy by the editorial staff at the magazine of the same name.

Finally, I took a little time off at the end of the year to start a writing project that I’m very excited about.  I’m collaborating with an old theatre buddy and hope to have more news on that later this year.


Thanks to you April, for all you do to shine the light on the craft of narration, and thanks to all the listeners out there who make this work possible.
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20 Responses

  1. Susan T. says:

    Your dogs are totally adorable! I love cozy mysteries and Ellery Adams and Lorna Barrett write some of the best! Do you ever wish that you lived in one of these fictional towns? If a murdered body was found, as they always are in these books 🙂 would you jump in and help sleuth or would you rather stay far away from all the excitement?

    • kewhite says:

      I would love to live in a town full of bookstores, like in the Lorna Barrett series. But NO way would I be a good detective. I’m too much of a wimp!

  2. Jen B says:

    You have 247 books on audible, after so many would you change how you did any of them if you could?

    • kewhite says:

      oooh, that’s a good question. I guess if I could go back to my earliest books and have the experience I have now I would’ve probably had more fun doing them. It’s the kind of work where you have to be able to make choices on the fly relying on instinct, and I think those instincts get better with experience.

  3. nrlymrtl says:

    I like Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta novels. I will have to check out her Andy Brazil series. It sounds like a lighter read. Have you read any of her Scarpetta novels and how would you compare the two series? Love the festive pups!

    • kewhite says:

      The Andy Brazil books were heavily criticized when they came out, I think because they seemed as though they would be similar to the Scarpetta series, and they are not. I did narrate one Scarpetta novel (not quite sure why that happened) and it seems to me that Cornwell decided to have fun with the Brazil series and just write characters that she’d always wanted to include and crazy plots that are darkly hilarious. I think if you go in expecting that, you’ll hopefully enjoy them. I tried to bring out the humor as best I could and have fun with those whacky characters.

  4. Mary C. says:

    Love the Sin Brothers – going to check out the Dark Protectors.

  5. Cyndi says:

    Happy New Year! Sin Brothers is on my list! Congrats on all the books you’ve completed this year! Do you have a favorite book of 2015?

    • kewhite says:

      I just tried, but I can’t pick! It’s like trying to pick your favorite child or pet…impossible. I feel very lucky to get to record such a range of genres and topics. I love the nonfiction because of the things I learn, and the fiction for the escape into other worlds and lives. I don’t think I’d appreciate any book as much if I didn’t have others to balance it in tone or particular challenge. So hoping for continued variety next year 🙂

  6. julied says:

    Congrats on all your narration. Hope the leap year will be magical prosperous one

  7. I began the Dark Protector’s series in print, but I believe I need to switch to audio now. Loved your narration of Julie James’ Something About You!

  8. I’m loving your narration of Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series! AND Happy Belated Birthday! Your birthday is easy for me to remember since it’s the day after mine 🙂

  9. JoAnna B says:

    I love the Dark Protector series. Which book or series was your favorite that you narrated?

  10. brittaunt says:

    45 books is a HUGE number to do in a year. How do you strive to keep them all unique from each other?

  11. LilMissMolly says:

    I’ve listened to a few of your narrations over the past year. Jill Shalvis books are great!

  12. I love that dog pic! Wow, 45 books in 1 year… that’s like 1 a week, How do you do so many so well and so fast? Do you ever find yourself starstruck when it comes to speaking to famous authors? D you read the material first or dive right in the narrations?

  13. Kim BookJunkie says:

    Happy New Year! Just wanted to drop in and tell you that I am looking forward to listening to your voice when I listen to Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers!

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