Midsummer Sound Company

Midsummer Sound Company is an audiobook production company that focuses on nonfiction stories. It has several titles for sale on its website. Audio samples are available to listen to online.

Midsummer Sound Company was first established in January 1975, by Tony Hawkins and Helen Engelhardt, to use new products invented by Tony for professional recording and editing engineers.

Tony and Helen also used their company to encourage audio dramas and the art of sound design.

Today the firm reclaims its purpose to shepherd new audio dramas. Portable digital devices and the internet provide an ease in sharing good audio stories.

Audio provides a rich narrative experience while giving listeners the ability to go about their busy lives, all the better for having a good story always available to them.

Marjorie Van Halteren, an ex-pat from Detroit and New York City, lives in a village in northern France. I live in Brooklyn, NY.

A love of audio theater brought us together - Marjorie directed, and I acted - in a play performed and produced at the National Audio Theater Festivals, in Missouri, but Käthe Kollwitz and the themes of war and loss brought us together as independent audio artists under the logo of Entre Deux Amies.

The life and art of Käthe Kollwitz always fascinated me. When my husband was killed aboard Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, I knew the incomparable loss she suffered when her son was killed in 1914, during the opening weeks of World War One. For the rest of her life, Käthe Kollwitz used her art in the service of her grief and opposition to war. Two of her sculptures, Die trauernden Eltern (The Grieving Parents), stand in the German Soldiers cemetery near Vladslo, Belgium, where her son is buried. Marjorie lives thirty minutes from those statues and we went to visit them together.

We envisioned a trilogy that explores the impact of violence and loss on the earth itself, as well as in our lives, and the ways in which we heal.

Twenty-five years ago, on December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people in the town. Helen Engelhardt's husband, Tony Hawkins, was on that flight.

Engelhardt is a writer, poet, storyteller, and independent audio artist; hearing her describe the year that followed her husband's loss is a powerful listening experience. The Longest Night is a unique audio memoir. It is more than one woman's experience. It weaves conversations recorded at the time with family and friends. Engelhardt recounts how she connected with other shattered families as they created an effective political and emotional support group, “The Victims Of Pan Am Flight 103.” Residents of Lockerbie describe the impact of that night on their lives. At the heart of the memoir is the story of the love and marriage of Engelhardt and Hawkins.

In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, Midsummer Sound Company and SueMedia Productions present the original audio drama, Never Again War: The Sacrifice of Käthe Kollwitz by Helen Engelhardt.

Hosted by Marsha Mason (Academy Award nominee / Golden Globe winner), Never Again War, takes us into the mind and life of the great German graphic artist and sculptor, Käthe Kollwitz, renowned for her body of work dedicated to depicting the lives of the working poor.

After her youngest son, Peter, was killed in Belgium in October 1914, during the opening weeks of World War I, she devoted the rest of her life to using her art in the service of her grief and opposition to war.