Jenny Hoops has been a performer all her adult life, ranging from cartoon and mascot characters, to motivational speaker (“Canada’s Sexy Optimist”), to media spokeswoman for government, to -
currently! - the voice of The Washington Post on Audible.com as well as narrator of several audiobooks.
Jenny’s audiobook credits include timeless favourites like The Call of the Wild and Kepler: A Biography, as well as new fiction like League of the Star and Kalyna. You can find all her audiobook and periodicals narration work at audible.com. She is working with many independent publishers and authors to publish their new books in audiobook format, and is slowly convincing the world that audio is the best medium for books!
Reading The Sugarloaf and the Red Shoes in the Twisted 50 Audiobook gave her high-heel nightmares - and considerably soured her previously joyful regard of the 40+ pairs of shoes in her closet!
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Having suffered through excruciating actor public readings of my stories in the past, I opened the audio file of The Sugarloaf and the Red Shoes experiencing more than a bit of dramatic tension. We are all familiar with ‘The Five Stages of Grief’, but I wonder if writers go through a similar emotional journey.
While the elation of publication and positive reviews may have dissipated, having the work interpreted by an actor sets-up a whole new set of unease.
I took a deep breath and clicked on the arrow.
The sinister intro music put me at ease and when the talented Jenny Hoops began, I knew my story was in great hands. Using a neutral American accent for the narration and a pitch-perfect Southern American accent for dialogue, Jenny Hoops adeptly managed to swing from optimistic storyteller to hint at character darkness. No easy feat.
I was elated by the end of the clip. Not only was The Sugarloaf and the Red Shoes presented as I had hoped, Jenny Hoops enhanced my words and brought the story to life. Her work is much more than just reading words on a page. Through her craft she has made my story all the better. And that’s a rare experience indeed.