Author: Jean M. Grant
Narrators: Caroline Hewitt, Andrew Perkins
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes
Publisher: Jean M. Grant
Released: Mar. 16, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Living is more than mere survival…
Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother?
Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son Will embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can’t lose another loved one.
Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ’s fear of driving and Reid’s military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption.
AJ’s anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family’s present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.
Jean has a penchant for the misunderstood be it sharks, microbes, or people (fictional and real). A scientist by training, she now spends her days as an author and champion for her children. She has five published novels in the genres of historical and contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. She also writes for family and travel magazines and websites. When not writing, she enjoys tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, tackling the biggest mountains in New England with her husband, and chilling with her children, while taking snapshots of the world around her and daydreaming about the next story. Find her on jeanmgrant.com.
Caroline Hewitt is an actress, audiobook narrator, and adaptor.
Caroline has appeared on television in When You See Us, directed by Ava Duvernay, and The I-Land, on Netflix and New Amsterdam, The Blacklist, and FBI: Most Wanted on NBC. She has appeared on Broadway in Junk and The Front Page. Off Broadway and regional credits include: Lazarus (New York Theatre Workshop, The National Theatre London and DeLaMar Theatre Amsterdam), Tamburlaine the Great (Theater for a New Audience), Against The Hillside and Good Results Are Difficult When Indifference Predominates (Ensemble Studio Theater), and plays at Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Alley Theater, Baltimore Centerstage, Studio Theatre, and Portland Stage, among others.
She has narrated audiobooks for publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette, Dreamscape, Blackstone, and Audible.
Caroline’s adaptation of Howards End will be produced by the Dorset Theater Festival, and was included on the 2020 Kilroys List.
Caroline majored in French at Vassar College, and holds an Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from American Conservatory Theater.
Andrew V. Perkins is a Los Angeles-based actor, and singer. He is a graduate of the Meisner Conservatory at Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio.
Credits include (North) Hollywood, On The Side, None Like Us, the musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Why Him, Denny’s, Realtor.com, the NBC Universal Actor’s Showcase, and other various short films.
When he is not on stage or in front of the camera, Andrew is a VIP Studio Tour Guide at Universal Studios; where he has to provide entertainment for guests as they visit the Studio. Andrew also studies improvisation at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
AJ (Audrey Jane) Sinclair
- Tag line: Living is more than mere survival.
- Appearance: Caucasian/white, mid-30s, brown wavy shoulder-length hair, brown eyes, medium build
- Fears: Rain and driving, losing her children/loved ones, being alone, not being in control, not being prepared
- Dealing with: grief and anxiety
- Hobbies: gardening, writing, coffee-drinking
- Ticks & Mannerisms: her hands tingle when her anxiety or intuition flares, she paces, loves coffee, repeats information
- Strengths: compassion, patience, organization
- How does she confront conflict? She hits it head on. She is a doer. So, she will do whatever it takes.
- Tag line: There is something always interesting to learn.
- Appearance: 9-years-old, quirky, medium/skinny build, brown hair and eyes
- Fears: being without his mom
- Dealing with: grief, being uprooted on this trip, autism & learning challenges
- Hobbies: chess, science, reading, exploring/nature, Legos
- Ticks & Mannerisms: taps his legs or hands, hums, lines things up in order (color, size), doesn’t always respond or converse, obsessions
- Strengths: resilient, intelligent, empathetic, chatty (on topics he prefers)
- How does she confront conflict? He runs away or avoids it. Has meltdowns, but can be strong when given the right tools and environment.
- Tag line: Forgiveness is imperative to healing hurts of the past.
- Appearance: Latino, mid-30s, tall, medium build, dark brown hair and eyes, two tattoos on his inner arm
- Fears: Losing his sister
- Dealing with: guilt, anger issues, (and something else from his past I won’t give away)
- Hobbies: biking, fixing things (mechanical, clocks), walking, reading literary masterpieces, working with his hands
- Strengths: understanding, philosophy, empathetic/good listener, kind, charismatic, protective
- How does she confront conflict? Avoids, is reclusive, has a quick temper.
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