Hi there! My name is David Radtke, and I'm a voice actor who just loves to narrate audiobooks. And just like you I absolutely love to listen to audiobooks, and not only the one's I've narrated. ;) I've listened to over 500 titles to date and the list keeps on growing and growing...
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Usually when an audiobook I've produced is released, I write a little post about how it was made or my thoughts on the book or whatever strikes my fancy. But this time with the release of Ascent: Part 1: Artifice Academy, I asked the author, Jonathan Small, if he would like to write something about this first audiobook.
And so, with special thanks to Jonathan Small, here is Audiobookish.com's first ever guest post:
You read that right. Absolutely, positively, 100% no-charge-to-you FREE audiobook!
What's the catch?
But, of course, I can hear you asking yourself, "What's the catch?" And, unfortunately, there is one.
Well, three actually:
Catch Number One:
As an audiobook narrator, I get free coupons to hand out every time I finish an audiobook. These coupons are only good for my audiobooks. So, if you want to get that latest audiobook by Steven King or Nora Roberts or whoever, you're out of luck.
Catch Number Two:
First come, first serve. I don't have a limitless supply of coupons. (Current status: Available!)
Catch Number Three: THE BIGGIE
In return for getting a free audiobook, all I ask is that you give an honest rating and write an honest review at Audible.com. It will take at most no more than 5 minutes of your time, 10 if you're feeling verbose. 😉
Your review will go a long way to helping not only myself, but also the talented authors who created those wonderful stories. Spread the love, baby!
Every now and then a book comes along by a brand new author that really grabs my attention: a surprisingly well written story with good characters, smooth dialogue, and a wonderfully shocking twist of an ending. (I certainly didn't see it coming. I doubt most will.)
The audiobook is only about an hour in length, and it will certainly keep your attention for that full hour.
Here's the blurb: Kevin just wants to finish his senior year of college and graduate. Before he can do that, though, he must finish his summer internship. When his boss's genetic engineering experiment goes awry, Kevin gets sucked into an adventure he never wanted. It will change him forever - if it doesn't kill him first.
On a personal note:
This audiobook marks a doubling of my 2014 goal. In January of 2014, I set a goal of completing at least 5 audiobooks. In late December, Buddy, became my tenth audiobook for 2014!
This year's goal is to do at least 10 audiobooks. Will I succeed? Hmm...
Of course, the story itself is fantastic: take a 15-year-old high school student who is brilliant in every field of study (except, to his detriment, girls) and thrust him into a dream world where you can be anyone and anything you can imagine yourself to be.
Hard to comprehend, right?
But what happens when that dream world becomes more real than the real world? What happens when people in the real world plot and scheme to use the dream world to corrupt the world of the waking? What you get is great story with many shocking twists and turns that I doubt you'll see coming.
That's the story within the audiobook.
Here's the story how I almost didn't get to record the audiobook...
Like most of you, I often read some of the reviews of audiobooks before I decide which ones to add to my wish list and which ones I'd like to get right away. After all, it's good to read other people's opinions about a title.
I try to read good reviews, mediocre reviews, and even the bad reviews because I want balance over the "opinion spectrum".
Unfortunately, there is often a disturbing amount of blame being thrown around - and quite often aimed at the narrator. Ugly comments such as:
The narrator horribly mispronounced the main character's name all-throughout the book!
Why does the villain have a British accent yet his co-conspirator has an American accent?
The narrator didn't understand that scene at all! I should know, I read the book.
In today's post, I'd like to give you a little audiobook behind the scenes into why the narrator "did so badly"
An author hires a narrator to turn his latest soon-to-be best-selling novel into an audiobook. Awesome! The author says the manuscript is roughly 250,000 words. Um...ok. Sure. That sounds nice. But what does that number actually tell a narrator?
In this second part of the Making an audiobook series, I'm going to give you a little bit of math that all narrators use before producing an audiobook.
Now, now, now, don't click away. The math is very easy. And you might just learn something, too...
Be sure to check out these audiobooks by yours truly that will add that extra something special to your Halloween:
All Together Now: A Zombie Story
Fifteen-year-old Ricky Genero is writing a journal of the zombie apocalypse. His high school has burned to the ground, his friends are all either dead or shambling corpses roaming the earth in search of human flesh, and his best friend died saving his six-year-old brother Chuck from a zombie horde. When Chuck is bitten and infected with the zombie virus, Ricky must travel among the walking dead in search of a cure...
Me and Frank, we work for I-Corpse (an extermination company). The mundane risks one takes during the 9 to 5 at a job like this are pretty basic. Explosions, decapitations, and your everyday horde of the undead are something that just comes with the territory. In a world where everyone who dies becomes one of them someone has to take out the trash. But today, on this particular day on the job, we have more to worry about than just your average corpse.
College student Brock Clouser is your typical college student who unfortunately feels stuck living in the small town of Harrington, Indiana. His dreams are big, and he dreams of getting the hell out of that town as soon as he graduates. While working a summer job delivering pizzas he wrecks his car at an isolated country home late at night. Though most everyone there has been violently murdered, he's not alone. What will happen to Brock?
Harek is a timid, pacifistic Viking with a love for all living things inspired by watching PETA documentaries. Crone is a vintage Schwinn road bike and a bit of an outcast himself, but it's not his fault who his rider is. Something has to change before the Elder bicycle and Orr, the Viking leader, throw them both out with the spare parts. A century after Fukushima and the toxic sea, Harek and his mind-beaming bicycle must prove themselves in a world where everyone (and every thing) is out to get them. Including Alec Baldwin.