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Ellen and the Barber: Three Love Stories of the Thirties Audiobook, by Frank O'Rourke Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Frank O'Rourke Narrator: Mary Woods Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781481556538
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Vividly evoking a small mid-west town during the Great Depression and World War II, Ellen and the Barber introduces us to three strong and surprising young women and the men in their lives: Ellen, who has no good reason to deny her natural instincts; Miriam, torn between the promise of a loving future and the demands of family and home; and Vera, whose intelligence and restless hunger for life plunges her into disaster.

Around these three vibrant women, O’Rourke has created a town so real and convincing that the listener experiences a sense of déjà vu. Through dust storms and drought, economic depression and the lingering demise of small farming, Prohibition and the war that took its young men, the town and its people let us live and laugh and sometimes cry with them. 

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  • “By narrating rather than dramatizing, Woods lets the subtlety and rich texture of the writing hold center stage…She sets a strong pace, parsing through long and complex (but elegant) sentences with a care and expression that does justice to the author’s style and guides the listener well.”


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About the Narrator

Mary Woods began her career in Washington, DC, where she performed at Ford’s Theater, the Folger Theater, Round House, and Washington Stage Guild. She spent several seasons at New Playwrights’ Theater developing new American plays. She is a veteran narrator of Talking Books for the Library of Congress, and received the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award for fiction in 1996. Formerly a radio news director, she now hosts a daily local affairs interview program on Catholic Radio, for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She lives in Albuquerque, where she continues to act on stage and in film. She received her BA at the Catholic University of America in Fine Arts and Drama.