After nine years in recording studios narrating more than 200 books, Flo Gibson will present a live reading of stories by Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

"I'm terribly spoiled. I'm of this era where you're hardly ever live. It's a wonderful feeling you get from children's response -- that byplay back and forth," says Gibson, who is used to taping narrations for her business, Audio Book Contractors.

But Gibson is quick to add that her program at the Palisades branch of the D.C. Public Library on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is geared toward all ages. "I will run the gamut for age 7 to adult. And after the readings I'll take questions and we'll talk about favorite authors, the narrator's role and listening."

Gibson uses only her voice to tell stories -- "no music, embellishments or sound effects." When she narrates, Gibson says, she brings a book to life through the characters, the story's pace and tone, and climactic action. She gathers research from her surroundings: "I find characters' voices in village streets, shops, all kinds of places."

"The Jungle Book" author Kipling ranks among Gibson's favorites: "Kipling is the only writer who said he wrote to be read aloud.