Update: Norton has changed the title to The Story of Western Science. I had no control over this decision and am a little worried about what it will do to the book…but that’s what publishing is like.

And here’s the original post….

I just got this email from Audible.com…

Dear Susan,

This is an alert that your audiobook, The Story of [Western] Science, is now available for pre-order at Audible.com. Listeners can buy your audiobook now, and when it releases on July 28, it will be in their libraries and available for download.

Here is the link to your audiobook:


Unfortunately, it still said “Narrator TBA,” so I asked who had been selected. And, just for you, here’s the answer…

Award Winning, British born, New York City actor Julian Elfer studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and the British Academy at Oxford University with master classes in Shakespeare with John Barton and Ben Kingsley. Julian spent 3 years under the supervision of British Director Frank Hauser (founder of the Oxford Playhouse) who brought such talents to the stage as Judi Dench, Richard Burton, and Ian Mckellen. As a working actor in New York City, Julian won the prestigious New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Julian studied with famed NYC Acting Coach Terry Schreiber at the T. Schreiber Studios. More recently, he starred as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Cat Parker. New York stage credits include the role of Asher in the long running Off Broadway show Perfect Crime, the role of Moon in Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound (Gloria Maddox Theater), Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (Midlantic Theatre Company), Poor Ophelia (New York Directors’ Guild), No Such Roses (New York International Fringe festival), and Coriolanus (ShakespeareNYC), to name a few. Other credits include roles in the film Reverie, The History Channel, several audiobooks, and the voice of Twinings Tea. In addition to being a working actor in NYC, Julian offers private acting classes in New York City’s Upper West Side. This includes one on one coaching and small groups.

So there you have it: My streak of having classically trained male Brits read the words of a home-educated female Virginian is undisturbed.

  • Maynard

    I finished The Story of Science a couple of days ago. You did an amazing job of making often complicated scientific principles easily to understand.

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