IN THE STUDIO: Delia Ephron on audiobooks and the starry cast of SIRACUSA (+ Exclusive clips)

By Jennifer Rubins | June 30 2016 | Audiobook NewsFrom the Author

Get ready for a drama-filled European vacation with Delia Ephron’s SIRACUSA on audio. In fun casting news, two real-life married celebrity couples bring their acting chops and charm to the mic, adding even more sizzle to SIRACUSA, a summer must-listen and July LibraryReads pick. WATCH Delia in the studio as she reveals the cast—and scroll down for reviews and exclusive clips of all four characters who tell the story of SIRACUSA in alternating chapters. After all, there’s always more than one side to the story!


In their Staff Pick review, Publishers Weekly praises SIRACUSA saying “The interactions of the couples is endlessly fascinating and unexpected, and reads so real (which is what great fiction does) that one feels that they are in the middle of the story.”

Just wait until you hear those interactions brought to life by these terrific actors and married couples:

John Slattery as Michael

Talia Balsam as Lizzie

Darren Goldstein as Finn

Katie Finneran as Taylor

Hear some of Ephron’s quote-worthy lines from her killer characters now:

Michael read by John Slattery

Lizzie read by Talia Balsam

Finn read by Darren Goldstein

Taylor read by Katie Finneran

Audio Praise for SIRACUSA:
“This stylishly written and razor-sharp novel of manners is perfect for audio. . . Each adult is voiced by a different narrator, and all four hit their marks with wonderful crispness and understanding of the characters they play. An absolutely delicious listen.”AudioFile Earphones Award

“The four main characters are brilliantly portrayed by two real-life married couples, adding an emotional connection and responsive resonance as the listener hears relationships fracture. . . As each character reveals the destructive implosion of relationships, the audio adds the clues of narrative inflection, emphasis, and emotional color to descriptions that portray the same scenes with altered details, using skillfully crafted tone and dramatic intensity to allow the listener to find Ephron’s emotional truth.”Booklist starred audio review

“The book is read by four narrators—Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, and John Slattery—each of whom matches the characters perfectly. Real-life spouses Balsam and Slattery read fictional husband and wife Lizzie and Michael. Finneran and Goldstein, who are also married, play another couple. VERDICT A dazzling story; recommended.”Library Journal starred audio review


Read by Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, & John Slattery

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.  New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn, his wife Taylor, and their daughter Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present.