Download Stories of My Life Audiobook

Stories of My Life Audiobook, by Katherine Paterson Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Katherine Paterson Narrator: Laurie Birmingham Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781490658131
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $19.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

"From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children's books. Told with her trademark humor and heart, Paterson's tales reveal details about her life from her childhood with missionary parents, to living as a single woman in Japan, to raising four children in suburban Maryland with her minister husband. Read about the origins of such familiar characters as Leslie Burke and Janice Avery from Bridge to Terabithia, and go behind the scenes to the moments Katherine found out she won her many awards. Filled with personal photos and letters, this funny, heartwarming history from a legendary writer lets fans in on the making of literary classics." Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “What absolutely shines through is Paterson’s warm, self-effacing humor and the extraordinary humility of a writer who has won two National Book Awards, two Newbery Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Like Mark Twain, to whom she is distantly related, Paterson is a true American treasure.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Not shaped as a memoir with a cohesive narrative, the stories read more as valentines to family, friends and readers…Despite the accolades, her voice is chatty and engaged, with not a hint of literary hauteur. Paterson’s legions of fans, young and old, will welcome this peek into her life and process.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This set of personal tales offers the same openness and vibrant detail that helped Paterson garner Newbery Medals and National Book Awards.”

    School Library Journal

  • "[Paterson’s] sense of humor and her adventurous spirit shining through the narrative.”


  • “A highly recommended read for Paterson fans, or anyone who delights in children’s literature.”


  • “Laurie Birmingham gives voice to beloved and highly lauded children’s author Katherine Paterson…Birmingham strikes a balance between Paterson’s warmth and her matter-of-factness as she recounts memories both extraordinary and mundane. As narrator, Birmingham’s air of nostalgia makes it easy to forget that she’s not the author herself…Birmingham’s thoughtful performance is sure to be valued by the author’s devoted readers.”


  • A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Pick for 2015

Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

About the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including two National Book Awards and two Newbery Medals. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband in Barre, Vermont. They have four grown children.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.