Title: PS, I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Read By: Bernadette Dunne
Audiobook Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.
Now in paperback, the endearing novel that captured readers' hearts
and introduced a fresh new voice in women's fiction ?Cecelia Ahern.
Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had
to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's
sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old
Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help
of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little
nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns
to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.-
The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes
along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter
to the world!
Cecelia Ahern, the 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's prime minister,
holds a degree in Journalism and Media Communications. She has completed
her second novel, Rosie Dunne, and is at work on her third. She lives
in Dublin, Ireland.
A charming, heartfelt debut!
书中女主角霍莉（Holly）对于自己的老公总是有抱怨不完的缺点，总是脾气不好，或是对她总是颐指气使，不过在丈夫因为脑肿瘤去世之后，霍莉却从老公留下的信件中发现了她以前遗忘的或是为注意到了失去温柔，霍莉藉由这每一封都有《附言：我爱你》（P.S. Ich liebe Dich）的信件中，重新找回她对逝去先生的爱与信心，更重新开始自己新的生活。
Bernadette Dunne has recorded more than 250 titles since her reading of Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha (Books on Tape [BOT], 1998) helped put her on the map. She's voiced the works of everyone from actress Katharine Hepburn (Me: Stories of My Life) to National Book Award winner Richard Powers (The Echo Maker), for publishers including BBC Audiobooks America and Christian Audio. Her Audie Award-nominated narration of Elizabeth Cohen's The House on Beartown Road (Blackstone Audio) was an LJ Best Audiobook of 2004. And her reading of Barbara Walters's memoir, Audition, was a Books on Tape Top Audio (LJ 11/15/08). You'll next hear her in Missing Mark (BOT, Jul. 2009), Julie Kramer's sequel to Stalking Susan, also read by Dunne and available from BOT.
How did you get your start as an audiobook narrator?
Audiobook legend Flo Gibson gave me a job monitoring readers in her studio in the Washington, DC, area [in the late 1990s]. I had a golden opportunity to observe and learn from the best: Flo, Kate Reading, Grover Gardner, and Michael Russotto.
You've said that "a new world…open[s] up with each new book" you read.
I think there is something completely wondrous in every [book] because someone you have never met had an experience or a perspective and shaped it into a story, a biography, or a history and put it out there to share with you.
When I'm recording, my "go to" question is: "What did the author intend to do here?" I think about the author as much as the individual characters. It's a personal relationship, between you and the author.
How do you bring dimension to every character?
One trick is to use people you know as a mental substitution. Then you are tapping into something that is just plain familiar, and that can be the key. Sometimes I find it opens up my understanding of the book as a whole.
What are some of your favorite past projects?
I was honored to narrate Betty Smith's classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (BOT, 2000). It pops into my head regularly, as I live in Brooklyn. I also loved doing Memoirs of a Geisha, one of my very first major recordings. Ayn Rand's essays, The Voice of Reason (Blackstone, 2008), were mind-blowing to read.
What techniques do you employ in narrating different genres?
Fiction almost demands that you take a little license, just as the author has done, to create a dramatic situation. It's important not to intrude on the author's story while at the same time not to be too removed from it. Nonfiction requires less drama and more analysis of ideas. It's helpful to have a command of the subject. Your audience can "hear" confidence or insecurity. And narrating autobiographies comes with a special sense of responsibility. For example, Deborah Rodriguez's Kabul Beauty School (Blackstone, 2007) was so alive and so current that I felt I was recording it while the ink was still drying. That was such a compelling subject that I was mindful of the very real people for whom this is not a story, a book, but a life.
Any advice for the aspiring audiobook narrator?
Love books. Love words. Love stories. It's all about that for me. The requirements of the job may be vocal talent, acting training, and lots of practice, but in the end nothing replaces a love of reading.
2009 Best Voice in MYSTERY & SUSPENSE: ABOVE THE LAW, STALKING SUSAN
“The potluck of being an audiobook reader is great, you never know what’s coming next,” Bernadette Dunne told us. She’s just finished tackling some demanding nonfiction by Ayn Rand and earlier this year completed Joyce Carol Oates’s THE GRAVEDIGGER’S DAUGHTER. Her compassionate handling of Elizabeth Edwards’s memoir SAVING GRACES adds another biography to her successes. Given this variety, it’s not surprising that her audiography of more than a hundred books has a wonderfully eclectic quality. She’s done a range of mystery series (Dana Stabenow’s Aleutian detective, Kate Shugak, and Iris Johansen’s forensic scientist, Eve Duncan); comic novels like the unabridged version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA; demanding fiction from Oates and Richard Powers’s National Book Award-winning THE ECHO MAKER; a clutch of contrasting biographies and memoirs by Ruth Reichl, Katharine Hepburn, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Bernadette has received numerous Earphones Awards and two Audies nominations.
After 10 years of audiobook narration, Bernadette thinks her assignments just seem to get better and better. However, she caught a winner early in her audiobook career with MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 1998. The AUDIOFILE review notes, “The cultivated refinement of her voice ranges effortlessly and credibly.” When the film version came out two years ago, Bernadette’s performance was once again in the limelight. She originally worked as part of the narrator cadre in Washington, DC, and notes the rigorous approach to audiobooks she learned from Flo Gibson and the inspiration she got from Kate Fleming’s passion for audio. At about the time she recorded her narration of A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN in 2001, Bernadette moved to New York and was able to expand her audio publisher contacts.
When Bernadette talks about her recent audiobooks, it’s clear that she cares about the underlying philosophy and approach of each author--whether in fiction or nonfiction. She notes that genre fiction--mysteries, thrillers, and romance--can be approached simply, with some emotional tone and a sense of structure of where the author is taking the sentences, and she tends to take a subtle approach to character portraits. “I’m more apt to use a hint or subtle shading than a broad stroke.” A project such as Kim Edwards’s stories in THE SECRETS OF A FIRE KING is a challenge with its dense sentences and intricacy in the writing. Bernadette’s success with the work clearly brings the story alive for listeners. She does the same with Oates’s THE GRAVEDIGGER’S DAUGHTER. “The characters were so real to me,” Bernadette says. “I wanted to stay with them.” Listeners feel the same.
--2007 Narrator Yearbook
In the late 1990s, Bernadette Dunne was among a group of actors in the Washington, D.C., area who were introduced to audiobooks and trained by the inimitable Flo Gibson, who, as longtime listeners recall, started her own audio publishing company to record and preserve literary classics. At the beginning of her audio career, “a new world would open up with each new book,” Bernadette told us from her New York City home. The narration of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden was one of Bernadette’s early successes, and her recording of A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith is a sentimental favorite. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, also an Earphones winner, signals her versatility. Bernadette was recently an Audie Award Finalist in the biography category for Elizabeth Cohen’s THE HOUSE ON BEARTOWN ROAD. In this issue we celebrate another memoir—Ruth Reichl’s GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES, in which she convincingly delivers the author’s voice.