Simone Barros

Stochastic Artworks

filmmaker, sound artist, teacher

\ stō-‘kas-tik\ adj. lacking predictable order other than the chaotic order of persistence

Audiobook Director

Directing audiobooks for the past seven years has been an immense joy and honor for me. I’ve utilized my skills, craft, talents, imagination and expertise in collaboration with dynamic actors, insightful authors, attentive engineers and sharp producers to helm projects resulting in high quality media, entertainment and culturally relevant content.

I invite you to enjoy this small selection of the more than 300 award winning titles that I’ve directed.

Click the book cover to read a review and listen to a sample of the audiobook. “I Probably Modeled Him on Something I’d Heard on The Wire

Slate writer, Laura Miller, interviews Simone Barros, alongside acclaimed actors January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini and Kevin R. Free about the changing landscape of audiobooks from a history of an sort of audio blackface despite the talent and skill of BIPOC actors.

NPR “Undercover: How audiobooks bring a story to life”

Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette WBEZ Chicago radio show and podcast, interviews Simone Barros, with acclaimed actors Robin Miles, Kevin R. Free, audiobook producer, Sarah Jaffe and hilariously insightful author Maeve Higgins about the process of voicing audiobooks, from the written word to the spoken word.

Since 2016, I’ve directed over 300 titles for Penguin Random House Audio, Hachette Audio, HarperAudio and Podium including the following:

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, by Rebecca Hall and Tyler English-Beckwith read by DeWanda Wise, Chante Adams, Jerrie Johnson, Bahni Turpin, and more, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2022, APA Audie Award Finalist, 2023

Build Your House Around My Body, by Violet Kupersmith read by Quyen Ngo, 2021

1619 Project: A New Origin Story, edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The NY Times read by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, Jasmine Mans, Yusef Komunyakaa, Claudia Rankin, Camille T. Dungy and more, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2021, APA Audie Award Finalist, 2023

Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead, read by Dion Graham, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2021

Invisible Child, by Andrea Elliot, read by Adenrele Ojo, 2021

Never: A Novel by Ken Follett read by January LaVoy, AudioFile Earphones Award 2021

Cry Back My Sea by Sarah Arvio, 2021

The Prophets, by Robert Jones Jr. read by Karen Chilton, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2021

Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans, 2021

Antkind, by Charlie Kaufman, read by Fred Berman, 2020

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain, read by Keith David, Phylicia Rashad, January LaVoy, Dion Graham, Shayna Small, Bill Quinn and more, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2020

Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small, and Bahni Turpin, APA Audie Award Finalist, 2020

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, read by Dion Graham, YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults, 2020

145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers, read by Heather Alicia Simms, Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman, Adenrele Ojo, Johnny Heller, Sullivan Jones, Almarie Guerra and Brandon Gill, YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults, 2019

A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman reading by the author, YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults, 2019

My Sister (How One Siblings Transition Changed Us Both), by Selena Leyva and Marisol Leyva, 2020

Open Cityanniversary edition by Teju Cole, read by the author, 2020

How to Be an Antiracistby Ibram X. Kendi, read by the author, 2019

Taína by Ernesto Quiñonez, read by Daniel José Molina, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2019

Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday, by Natalie C. Anderson, read by Kevin R. Free, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2019

Naamah, by Sarah Blake, read by Shayna Small, O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book of 2019

The Journey of Little Charlie, by Christopher Paul Curtis , read by Michael Crouch, Association for Library Services for Children Notable Children’s Recording, 2019

You Are Free, by Danzy Sansa, selection read by January LaVoy, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2018

You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins, read by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, N’Jameh Camara, Zehra Jane Naqvi, APA Audie Award Finalist, 2018

My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite read by Adepero Oduye, 2018

Immigrant Montana, by Amitava Kuma, read by the author, 2018

Quicksand, by Malin Persson Giolito, read by Saakia Maarleveld, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2017

Dear Martin, By Nikki Stone, read by Dion Graham, AudioFile Earphones Award, 2017, YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults, 2019

We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, read by the author, 2017

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3, by Rick Riordan read by Michael Crouch, AudioFile Best Audiobooks of the Year, 2017

Big Cats: Stories by Holiday Reinhorn, read by Lili Taylor, Virginia Madsen, Patricia Arquette and more, 2016