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by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens | Read by Mary Robinette Kowal

From the opening lines of this audio, which offers eye-opening principles and advice abstracted from the career of Muppet creator Jim Henson, narrator Mary Robinette Kowal’s engagement with this enlightening book is compelling. It’s comforting to begin an audio in the hands of someone with such natural enthusiasm, and whose bubbly tone ebbs and flows in perfect harmony with the author’s insights and advice. Henson’s approach to his art was nuanced and determined. A courageous pioneer in the early days of TV, he learned to be shrewd and protective of his art as his creative empire expanded to movies and licensed products. Though some of Stevens’s principles seem abstract at first, colorful anecdotes about Henson’s dealings make them sound as intuitive as they are invaluable for the serious artist. T.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine