Paulette Ivy Harris’ gripping multi-vocal performance, dynamic sound effects and music, capture the diversity of the characters and the drama in her first collection of 15 timely and historical tales set in rural and urban America, the Middle East, and France. Her compelling delivery provokes listeners’ imagination through the “hold-onto-your-seat” action incited by American terrorists as in “With Conspicuous Fortitude” and as in the dark, Jim Crow era lynching dramatized in “Dereliction of Justice” and “Unintentionally Found.” Listeners feel present. In addition to the worldly settings of most of her tales, Harris boldly draws on the collection’s common thread, destined souls, with yarns to entertain the listener’s higher conscience. So, prepare to audit a pre-life course in the spiritual realm in mind-bending “Final Instructions Before Incarnation” and to watch Satan’s deceitful face-to-face with Eve in the garden of Eden in “Eve of the Dragon” and “Dragon’s Revenge.” And in “The First Christmas,” witness through the eyes and ears of the shepherds of Bethlehem the angels’ good news. Then Harris indulges in the soul’s most heroic quest: love and passion. Vivid narrations analyze divine love and explore her characters’ romantic longings, tragedies, and their perseverance of the heart and soul.
The brilliant prose in each of Harris’ tales paints broad pictures across listeners’ minds that reveal the depth of her storytelling talent. Listeners won’t forget this affecting auditory experience any time soon.