Shaun Taylor-Corbett shares his thoughts on narrating THE BRAVE, James Bird’s moving audiobook for young listeners, in this video. Twelve-year-old Collin has a form of OCD—he calls out the number of letters in all the words in a conversation. Eventually, his exasperated, distant father sends him from California to his Ojibwe mother (whom he’s never met) on a Minnesota reservation.
“You see an example in this book of how to walk in the world when you’re a young person and how to find your way, with family members who just have your back and love you.”—Narrator Shaun Taylor-Corbett
by James Bird, read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett
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Listeners will rejoice when Collin finds an easygoing mom, a feisty grandma, and Orenda, an inspiring neighbor who suffers from ALS. Taylor-Corbett captivatingly portrays the Ojibwe, who “sound like there are two space bars between words.” Orenda is the standout; she inspires Collin to accept himself, confront bullies (very impressively done), and share her belief that she will become a butterfly when she passes. Taylor-Corbett’s stellar descriptions of nature and Ojibwe life add to the believability of this magical story.
Find more audiobooks narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett in his audiography.