Below are examples of my favorite Fiction works:


Pavilion of Women, by Pearl S. Buck

Earphone Award Winner

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Pavilion of Women,
by Pearl S. Buck

AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE REVIEW:

Buck’s epic recounts women’s plight in late 1930s China, rapidly changing under Western influence and threats from native communists and Japanese invaders. On her 40th birthday, Madam Wu, the matriarch of a wealthy, tradition-bound Chinese family, having decided to retire from her bedroom duties, buys her husband a concubine and sets out to divest herself of all the familial responsibilities that have been consuming her life. Her quest to live for herself is aided and complicated by her youngest son’s tutor, Brother Andre, a progressive Western priest. Narrating simply in gentle, dignified, and understated tones, Adam Verner gives this masterful book the perfect touch. On the surface, his delivery is plain, devoid of flourishes, while worlds of underlying meaning emerge through subtle means. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2011]

The Good Cop,
by Brad Parks

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Happiness is a mystery writer with a wild sense of humor and a narrator who knows how to deliver it. This charming mystery delivers a surprise–and a good one at that. Narrator Adam Verner raises the bar even higher. His first-person chatty protagonist is glib and brisk. Newark reporter Carter Ross investigates the supposed suicide of a decorated cop and learns that much more is going on. In fact, the suicide might really have been murder, and the irrepressible Ross is determined to find out. Verner is at his finest when portraying the reporter, especially when he brings out Brad Parks’s humor. Verner is also adept at switching from reporters’ chatter to the voice of a deep-voiced, six-foot-eight African-American cop. The fourth in the Carter Ross series is a sleeper that listeners should not pass up. A.L.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

The Good Cop, by Brad Parks

Earphone Award Winner
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Chance, by Kem Nunn

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Chance,
by Kem Nunn

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Listeners will find San Francisco as much a character in Nunn’s sinewy, gritty thriller as psychiatrist Eldon Chance. After a nasty divorce, Dr. Chance finds himself drawn to a patient, Jaclyn Blackstone, who is suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Adam Verner portrays the characters entering Chance’s new life, as well as his ex-wife and daughter, with empathy, finding a unique style and voice for each. Listeners will find it completely credible that “D,” an imposing ex-soldier, understands the mindset of abusive predators like Jaclyn’s husband. Verner intensifies the drama, suspense, and plot twists with his subtle presentation of Nunn’s flawed but engaging characters. Contemporary crime fiction at its best. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine

You Deserve Nothing, by
Alexander Maksik

Co-narrated with the amazing Cassandra Campbell and Dan John Miller, this title is an amazing examination of love between teachers and students.

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Adam Verner … perfectly projects the boy’s conflicted feelings, especially when the teacher’s true nature is revealed. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Adam Verner reads the part of shy Gilad, shifting his tones to show the lonely and socially unaware lad gaining confidence and friends and eventually losing respect for his teacher. When Gilad confronts his abusive father, Verner’s intense reading makes us want to stand up and cheer.

You Deserve Nothing, by Alexander Maksik

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