Roald Dahl was one of the most original and popular children's writers in the world, producing many offbeat stories that resonate with readers worldwide. Kate Winslet is one of the rare talented screen actors whose voice acting skills mirror her stage presence. She offers a charming and sensitive performance with MATILDA, jolting to life the characters of Dahl's book with nailed accents and depth of delivery. Other Dahl books given new performances on audio recently in this series are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (read by Douglas Hodge), The BFG (read by David Williams), and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (seven stories read by Andrew Scott.)
The prolific and talented voice actor Barbara Rosenblat is back with another Linda Fairstein mystery, DEATH ANGEL. Central Park in New York City is the setting for murders being investigated by Assistant DA Alex Cooper and two detectives. With scandal brewing on the side, Alex and Mike Chapman plumb the depths of evil linked to the history of the park, with a special focus on the enigmatic icon of the Bethesda angel, as well as CSI techniques. Fairstein is former chief of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit, and is an expert on domestic violence and assault. Rosenblat has been featured on page one of the NY Times for her exceptional abilities as an interpreter of character and her many voices. The combination make this a must-hear. See this site for my interview with Rosenblat.