I am very pleased and excited to announce that award-winning actor and entertainer Robin Field will be narrating the audiobook edition of Genesis, Part I of Idolatry (already available in paperback and for Kindle). Many of you will remember Robin Field from his role in our production of Nobel-winning author Maurice Maeterlinck’s Monna Vanna, which we produced in Hollywood in late 2007 and on the 2008 QCFA Arts Cruise.

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Robin Field is an award-winning entertainer whose career has spanned six decades. As a singer-pianist his appearances have taken him from cabarets to Carnegie Hall. As an actor he won leading roles Off-Broadway in Your Own Thing, Look Me Up, Speed Gets the Poppys and the revival of Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms. As a member of The Klowns, Field toured with the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, recorded for RCA Victor and starred in an ABC-TV special with Sammy Davis and Jerry Lewis. In 1972 Dom De Luise presented him as his “discovery” on “The Merv Griffin Show.” As a composer-lyricist Field toured the U.S. and Canada in his own one-man show Reason in Rhyme, based on Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, and he wrote, directed and starred in seven editions of Broadway — A Hundred Years Ago. For five years he served as creator and host of the New York radio series “Broadway Time Capsule” and for two years as editor and publisher of “Revival”, a magazine on theatrical history. He and his singing partner Bill Daugherty won rave reviews throughout the U.S. as well as in London and Amsterdam, won four MAC awards for “Best Musical-Comedy Team,” and their show Daugherty & Field Off-Broadway was nominated for a New York Outer Critics’ Circle Award as “Best Musical Revue.” In 1992 they headlined at Carnegie Hall to a sell-out crowd and a standing ovation.

In regional productions Field played Axel in Don’t Drink the Water, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Judge Wargrave in Ten Little Indians and Mark Twain in Mark Twain in Concert. He also wrote, composed and directed the musicals Blossoms of Big Bear, The Bronze Ring, The Singing Mountains, The Crystal Palace and Tom Sawyer.

As a voice actor, Robin Field has narrated dozens of fiction and non-fiction works, many of which are available for purchasing or sampling on Audible.com.

Acclaim and awards for Robin Field’s audiobook readings:

THREE PLAYS BY AYN RAND, READ BY ROBIN FIELD

SoundCommentary rates this recording the Best of the Best 2010, adding: “Robin Field’s reading is astonishing.  If listeners were told that they were listening to a full-cast production, none would doubt it.”

LEAVES OF GRASS BY WALT WHITMAN, READ BY ROBIN FIELD
AudioFile reviewed this recording, praising Field’s “pleasing voice and astute interpretations,” and concluded, “Field brings new life to Whitman’s poems with his intelligent emphasis and emotion.  And when Field recites a particularly resonant phrase at just the right time, the moment can turn into song.”
STONER BY JOHN WILLIAMS, READ BY ROBIN FIELD
According to AudioFile:  “Robin Field fully inhabits Stoner’s character, dragging every morsel of tragedy, inevitability and, occasionally, wiliness and joy from Williams’s understated writing.  Field’s performance helps us understand that an ordinary person’s life is still grand, emotional, and worthy. . . .  Stoner is a small miracle of a novel that is enhanced by a narrator who is a perfect match.”  Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award  (AudioFile)
AUGUSTUS BY JOHN WILLIAMS, READ BY ROBIN FIELD
SoundCommentary called this recording “a vast story from a vastly talented novelist read by a vastly gifted narrator.”
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN BY MARK TWAIN, READ BY ROBIN FIELD
“Narrator Robin Field magnificently captures the tone and rhythm of Mark Twain’s classic novel. Most challenging for any narrator is the reproduction of the dialects, dramatic emphasis, and accents that are essential to the story, which on the surface is merely a journey down the Mississippi but, in truth, explores the coming-of-age of an ‘uncivilized’ boy. Added reverb to some passages is an interesting production choice and adds to understanding the thought process of the protagonist. Field’s youthful tone and connection to the emotional core of the story anchor the action of the novel, creating a connection between the listener and Twain that adds an extra dimension to the pleasure of what is arguably the great American novel.” Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (AudioFile)

 

 

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