This summer was audiobook season in my booth! From light and fun (a children's storybook) to dark and rather sinister...The Sicilian Woman's Daughter was a wonderful chance to both use a little of my Italian language skills and to do some challenging voice-acting, conveying the brutal reality of Mafia life.
Here's an overview:
As the daughter of Sicilian immigrants, in her teens Maria turns her back on her origins and fully embraces the English way of life. Notwithstanding her troubled and humble childhood in London, and backed up by her intelligence, beauty and sheer determination, she triumphantly works her way up to join the upper middle-class of British society.
There she becomes a bastion of civility.
But a minor incident wakes up feelings of revenge in her, like those lurking in Maria’s Sicilian origins. As she delves deeper into her mother’s family history a murky past unravels, drawing Maria more and more into a mire of vendetta.
After my first take of the Prologue to the Sicilian Woman's Daughter, the author asked that I give the the voiceover more lingering 'menace'. Even the description of the making of traditional Sicilian biscuits 'cuddureddi' needed emotional depth - the listener needed to sense that those same, aged-but-agile female hands had committed murder...
Described as a 'must-read for mystery lovers' - you can read more about this gripping story here and order a copy.
Here's a short extract where Maria is describing the legendary and terrifying Great Aunt Ziuzza...
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