Julia Whelan, born 1984 in Oregon, has been acting since she was 5 years old. She is best known as teenager Grace Manning in the family tv drama ‘Once and Again’.
However my introduction to Julia’s work was through her audio narration of the Sarah Lyons Fleming ‘Until the End of the World’ series.
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I have (and have listened to) all four books, including the novella ‘So Long Lollipops‘, that were narrated by Julia Whelan.
The series order goes; Until the End of the World, And After(book 2), All the Stars in the Sky(book 3). The novella So Long, Lollipops should be read between books 1 and 2, for the best chronological order, but it’s not required.
Also from Sarah Lyons Fleming (but not narrated by Julia), is the side story Mordacious. Much like the novella, the story of Mordacious occurs in the same timeline as the Until the End of the World series, but it follows the struggles of a different group of people, including some characters originally introduced in book one.
Once again the best combination of outstanding writing, and amazing narration. This is truly a great example of how AWESOME audio books can be.
Julia’s narration on the whole series is just stellar. In my 1-4 narrator rating scale, she definitely comes in as a 4! Her timing is so eloquent, the emotion so real. For me, this set is an all-around KEEPER.
You know some books you listen to once, and they may be great, but once is enough. This set though, I just don’t want to put away. I keep playing them, and will no doubt re-visit them like some of my other favorites, every year.
You just can’t help but fall in love with these characters. Cassie, Nelly, Penny, Anna, Peter, Bits, Adrian, John, Dan……the list just goes on and on.
So if this sounds interesting to you, give this series a try. If not, there are many other types of books in which you can enjoy Julia Whelan’s narration. Including the mystery novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, that was turned into a movie in 2014.
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Let us know what you think of Julia’s work, and as always, Happy Listening!