Title: Unwrapping Noel
Author: Jennifer Theriot
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Audiobook Release Date: March 10, 2016
Narrator: Sara Gordon
Cover Design: The Graphics Shed
Editor: Diane RinellaSummary:
Noel Calabrese hates Christmas as much as she hates her life. While in the Napa Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could this sexy, silver fox be her ticket to happiness? Will she learn to trust again? Unwrap this steamy little romance about second chances and self-worth, complete with a palindrome...
"Smexy Christmas" --Audible review 5✯ by Anna Salamatin (March 22, 2016)
Would you listen to Unwrapping Noel again? Why? Sure, it's a true to life story line. Noel could easily be one of my friends or colleges.
What did you like best about this story? It's about mature, adult people with life experiences under their belts. They are dealing with stuff that life really throws at you.
Which character – as performed by Sara Gordon – was your favorite? She really brought Noel to life for me. I felt her emotions. I also liked how she portrays Anna, and brings her out of the shadowy side lines so to speak.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I did listen to it in one day.
Any additional comments? This is a captivating, emotional, and romantically erotic romance about not just finding love, (after a devastating betrayal) but finding THE LOVE, and having the courage to trust again. ... Noel's story just spoke to me.
Interview with narrator Sara Gordon:
How long have you been narrating audio books?
A: Since June 2015
What made you decide to do this?
A: I took a voiceover class as I was very interested in animation and commercial voiceover. Audiobooks were something that we touched upon in class and was intrigued by the process.
Is it hard to ‘get into character’?
A: It depends. Some days, external events happen that can kind of dampen the day, but when I get in the booth, it’s pretty easy. Knowing the characters and knowing yourself is what makes it smooth.
Are there any characters you’ve narrated that you identify with?
A: There is something I can relate to in every character I’ve done, but not one in particular that I identify with wholly.
What are your favorite genres to narrate?
A: Children’s books. They are so much fun and you can let your imagination go and try new voices. It gives you a license to be larger than life. Those characters can be anything and you have to decide, if say the character was a tree, you know, what would a tree sound like?
Are sex scenes difficult for you?
A: A little. While I do work from home, it can still feel a little strange and awkward. You have to plan things out about breaths and if it makes sense to keep it during the editing process or is it becoming too breathy and what not. Sometimes I can hear people in the apartment next to me and I wonder, ‘Can they hear me?’ Ha ha, I’m not as open in my own sexuality sometimes and I think that’s the hardest part about doing sex scenes. But, like anything else, when you remember that you have a job to do, you make it work.
Is there any genre you don’t narrate?
A: At this point in time, not really. I’m open to almost anything.
How was it working with Jennifer Theriot?
A: Absolutely wonderful. She was very quick to answer any question as well as generous and patient during the process of recording, editing, and reviewing each audio chapter. It was a great experience.
Do you have a career aside from narrating?
A: I am a singer and actor in New York. To help pay the bills, I’ve had many “day jobs”, mostly as a nanny or in retail.
Any favorite authors you’ve worked with?
A: The authors that I’ve worked with have been great! This is actually only my second audiobook but I’m excited to keep going and maybe one day record something for a book or author that I admire.
How important are strong female characters to you?
A: Very important. I like female characters that are well rounded, strong but still vulnerable, and hopefully not one dimensional. When you have well rounded characters, that’s what creates a relatability- a way to connect better to them and the overall story. We need more of that for female characters because women are not one dimensional. Representation in every form is important.
Do you narrate both male and female voices?
A: Yes. Sometimes I try to record the male voices in the morning when I’ve almost just woken up and my voice isn’t warmed up. It’s lower then and the sound just seems more realistic.
What does Sara Gordon do for fun? What are your hobbies and interests?
A: I love to paint, sing, and visit family in Brooklyn. I used to do races and half marathons and such and now I’m starting to get back into it.
Does your ‘significant other’ (if applicable) support your narrating career?
A: While it’s not applicable for a significant other, my family and friends are very supportive of my work and what I want to do with my life.
Jennifer Theriot hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm by day and does her writing at nights and on weekends. In her limited spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. She’s mom to three grown children and ‘MiMi’ to three (soon to be four) grandkids – all of whom she adores!
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