I initially came across Julia Whelan as an author with her debut novel, My Oxford Year, but I really got to know her through her audiobooks. She’s the narrator of over 500 audiobooks, and my first encounter with her voice was Beach Read, by Emily Henry, which I ended up listening to multiple times. Whelan brought it so vividly to life that with each repetition I was totally immersed in the story, almost enjoying it more on audio than I had reading it. In fact I identified her so strongly with Beach Read I was then hesitant to listen to another of her narrations. I got over it this summer for another Emily Henry book, Book Lovers, and Flying Solo by Linda Holmes.
When I learned that Julia Whelan had Thank You for Listening coming out this summer, and that the main character is an audiobook narrator, my first thought was “how perfect.” I could not wait to see her meta take on a profession she is uniquely qualified to write about. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.