Reviews

The Pirate’s Daughter (Margaret Cezair-Thompson) Recorded Books

(Audiofile Magazine Best Voices of the Year / 2008 Earphones Award)

Brother, I’m Dying (Edwidge Danticat) Recorded Books

(2007 Earphones Award / Weekly Listen Up Best Audios of 2007)

Robin Miles brings the two brothers to life. Portraying Dandicat’s father, Mira, as soft-spoken and wise, she sagely decides not to try to imitate the mechanical voice box he uses after losing his larynx to throat cancer. The women sound much more alike, but Dandicat’s mother and many aunts have relatively minor roles. The exception is Dandicat herself, the powerful narrator whom Miles portrays as a calm presence in the midst of political and familial tragedies. Miles’s Creole sounds fluid and authentic, and listeners will have no trouble understanding the characters’ French accents (Creole phrases are followed by translations). Miles uses the same pace throughout, but she might have given more pep to Joseph’s breathtaking escape from Haiti. Miles is a perfect fit for Dandicat’s books—she previously read Breath, Eyes, Memory. She artfully immerses listeners in Dandicat’s world and will leave them wanting more.

Sellavision (Augusten Burroughs) From Publishers Weekly
This gleeful satire of America’s 24-hour, shop-till-you-drop culture lacks the depth and razor-sharp wit of Burrough’s more established works (Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking, etc.), but the audio’s colorful characters, brought skillfully to life by Miles, ensure that it’s an entertaining ride. Initially, the choice of a female narrator surprises—since the story opens with Sellevision host Max Andrews getting booted from his position after accidentally exposing his penis during a “Toys for Tots” shopping segment. But as the audio meanders through the lives of hosts Peggy Jean Smythe, Trish Mission, Leigh Bushmore and Bebe Friedman, it becomes clear that Miles is well suited to the task. She adopts an appropriately prissy tone for the devout Peggy Jean while at the same time playing up the sleaziness of Peggy’s husband, who’s on a mission to seduce the nubile teen next door. Miles also does a fine job capturing Bebe’s New York twang, mile-a-minute chatter and spontaneous laughter. Although Burroughs’s characters often seem as disposable as the RemoteControLotion and Moisture-Whik Panties sold on Sellevision, this audio, like a good soap opera, still manages to hook listeners. A Picador paperback (Reviews, July 31, 2000). (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Sellavision From Audiofile
Robin Miles accents the satire of the writing as she portrays four dramatic “Sellevision” hosts. Max’s career founders when parts of his lower region make a surprise appearance in front of 60 million children and parents. Peggy Jean is driven to drink and drugs when a “fan” plagues her about overabundant body hair. Lee exposes her affair with her boss on-air. And Bebe finds love off-air, relieving her shopping addiction. Burroughs’s writing and Miles’s narration show us these self-centered figures on stage and then let us glimpse the bruised psyches that lurk within their shallow souls. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine– Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Krik?, Krak! (Edwidge Danticat) Library Journal, 10/15/2007

Narrators Robin Miles and Dion Graham move easily among multiple Haitian and American accents. That said, one’s reaction to each story seems as much tied to the voice chosen for each character by the narrators as to Danticat’s spare and emotional prose.—Valerie Piechocki, Prince George’s Cty. Memorial Lib., Largo, MD

The Dew Breaker (Edwidge Danticat) Historical/fiction Blogspot

The Recorded Books reading by actress Robin Miles is first rate. Posted by Fay Sheco at9/19/2007

The Dew Breaker (Edwidge Danticat) Audible.com Reviwer: Andrea, from Centennial, CO, USA Date: May 06, 2005
…The icing on the cake, though, is the reading, which incorporates Creole, French, American-Creole and American inner-city Ebonics (sometimes more than one of these are heard in the same conversation) to deliver a far better reading than I could have supplied for myself.

The Good House (Tanarive Due) Audible.com Review 7/2004:
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Read with great range by Robin Miles, it’s a frightening experience that will keep you listening with the lights on.

Traveling back and forth in time, the listener is sucked up into every moment as the story reaches its thrilling climax. Miles captures and makes the most of each moment of terror and suspense like a guide who tells you only as much as you need to know. She also shows great skill as her voice switches from male to female, elderly Haitian woman to small-town Sheriff.

Overall, a story that would make any person squirm, but so engrossing you just can’t help but listen.

The Good House Reader Reviews on Audible.com:

Reviewer: driker2, from Southampton, NJ: December 30, 2004 Good writing. Interesting characters (most of them, anyway). Absolutely first rate reading by Robin Miles, the female Scott Brick.

Reviewer: Meredith, from New Freedom: August 27, 2007. Suspense, paranormal events, violence not gratuitous … perfect. Seriously, Due is a very very good author, the book is excellent, and the narrator is just fabulous.

Reviewer: Danielle: August 02, 2007 Excellent storytelling and superb narration! I’ve never heard better narration, in fact. I can’t believe one woman could produce all those voices and dialects! I’m glad I listened to this one, instead of reading it.

Reviewer: Peter, from Norfolk, MA: May 20, 2005 The narrator also did a good job at reading through the marathon. I fear that if it was not for her enticing voice variation, that I would have passed out from listening exhaustion.

Reviewer: Matthew, from Seattle, WA: January 23, 2005 The narration was excellent, handling the range from sage, femaile Creole African American, to surly teanagers and everything in between.

CANE RIVER (Earphones Award recipient)

(Lalita Tademy) Recorded Books, 2002

Robin Miles shows versatility with the Creole and French characters at the core of this story. Her characterizations rely on accents and inflection and distinctly reflect personalities, family origins, and social status. Miles narrates effortlessly and smoothly, with no hesitation over the many Creole and French phrases and names. This production should bring an even wider audience to this popular title. J.E.M. (c) Audiofile 2002, Portland Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 02]

Cane River Narrator Robin Miles perfectly captures the personality and idiom of each, from the stoic field slave Elizabeth to the high-strung, elegant but snuff-dipping Emilie. In her dramatization of dialogue, Miles uses her command of dialects to bring out the differences in education and social status among the characters, each of whom has a slightly different place in the Cane River social hierarchy. But Miles is so gifted a storyteller that we are never conscious of technique. Rather, for a few precious hours, the indomitable women of Cane River and their world become more real than the reader’s own.
– Reviewer from Gainesville, Virginia

Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood (June Jordan)

Miles gives a masterful performance as she moves from a child’s musings on life to the lyrical but often cruel tones of Jordan’s father. As Jordan’s memories unfold, details blend to explain how she attained success as a poet. Devastating and thought-provoking, this performance lingers in the mind long after the last tape ends. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 02]

An American Story (Debra Dickerson) With unflinching honesty, Debra J. Dickerson examines her formative years in the New York Times Notable Book. This remarkable audio features a stellar reading by Robin Miles. LEARNOUTLOUD.COM

OCTOBER SUITE (Maxine Clair) Recorded Books , 2002

Robin Miles is a performer who never disappoints, and this novel is another opportunity for her to shine.

…A strong, well-developed plot makes this novel a pleasure to hear, and Miles brings the cast of characters to life with her skill as a reader. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 02