Soneela is a classically trained actress who began her career as a performer in theatre, film and television. Since 2009, she has narrated works in many genres including Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Nonfiction and many works by South Asian and Black authors. Her 300+ audiobooks have yielded 17 Earphone awards, multiple Audie nominations and a SOVAS nomination. Her audiobooks have been featured in Best Audiobooks lists by AudioFile Magazine (2016, 2019, 2020) and The Washington Post (2018, 2020). In 2021, Soneela was awarded the Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Honor by AudioFile magazine.
Soneela's full audiography available at audiofile magazine.
Voice Range: Teen, 20s-40s
Accents: American, British, Indian, Middle Eastern, Russian, minor characters with Australian, Mexican, French, Scottish and New Zealand accents.
Genres: Children's, Nonfiction, Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Languages: Brazilian Portuguese, some French, Hindi and Twi
Identity: Indian, Ghanaian (West Africa)
Awards: 13 AudioFile Earphones
Equipment: Home Studio
"Soneela Nankani brings a light and airy approach to the narration of this hilarious story of the perfect arranged marriage...This fun, well-delivered performance brings together the best elements of international and women's fiction."
Afi Tekple is a young seamstress whose life is narrowing rapidly. She lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother, spending much of her time in her uncle Pious’ house with his many wives and children. Then one day she is offered a life-changing opportunity - a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn’t truly know. She acquiesces but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. He sends a stand-in to his own wedding, and only weeks after Afi is married and installed in a plush apartment in the capital city of Accra does she meet her new husband. It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of; Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is Accra that eventually wins Afi’s heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.
"Nankani individualizes the four children and a host of fascinating characters of the Otherworld, including a giant blue crab who's infuriated when he's associated with Disney characters and a sage whose curses are comical. Nankani gets the balance of humor and adventure exactly right."
Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love's bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn't playing Cupid. Instead, they're turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren't bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn't find the arrow by the next full moon, she'll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won't be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they'll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn't at all who they expected.
"Nankani's narration is sensitive and emotional yet straightforward as she recounts the very real horrors these women face on the job. She maintains a conversational tone that invites listeners to change their ideas of what it means to be an Arab woman."
Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it’s like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
soneela's full audiography is available at:
Winner: AudioFile Earphones Award
"Soneela Nankani skillfully narrates the final volume of an epic fantasy saga inspired equally by politics and mythology."
"Nankani continues to impress with her distinctive portrayals of the immense secondary cast of characters, but it is her depiction of the three main protagonists that is truly noteworthy. Nahri, Ali, and Dara grapple with an incredibly complex and arduous set of emotions related to their roles in the brutal fall and subsequent conquest, and Nankani gives each their due with a range of emotions. A stellar performance concludes this outstanding series."
The final chapter in the best-selling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.
"Nankani performs with flawless fidelity to the underlying truths in this extraordinary work."
As the American-born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents' experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine's impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life's temporality. And it was that tension that eventually drew Puri, a passionate but unsatisfied medical student, to palliative medicine - a new specialty attempting to translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care. Interweaving evocative stories of Puri's family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming listeners with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.
"Importantly, Nankani moves with ease between first- and third-person narration as the author's personal experiences often illustrate scientific concepts that are further explained with research data. Listeners looking for specific, helpful instruction on how to counter bias will find much to consider."
An inspiring guide from Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business, on how to confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that you can make the world (and yourself) better.Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, "semi-bold" person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in.
Whether you are a long-time activist or new to the fight, you can start from where you are. Through the compelling stories Dolly shares and the surprising science she reports, Dolly guides each of us closer to being the person we mean to be.