April 18th, 2015

Ascent: Part 1: Artifice Academy

artifice-academy-ascent-1Usually 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:

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February 28th, 2015

Get a FREE Audiobook!

free-audiobooksYou read that right. Absolutely, positively, 100% no-charge-to-you FREE audiobook!

AWESOME!

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. đŸ˜‰

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!

How to get your FREE audiobook:

Simply check out any of my titles at Audible.com by clicking here:
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After you find the audiobook you want, simply email me its title. I will then send that audiobook directly to your inbox!

Here's my spiffy, anti-spam way of sharing my email address:

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I'm looking forward to hearing from you!



February 26th, 2015

How I made my new studio.

You don't need to spend a lot of money to build a studio good enough for recording audiobooks, just a little ingenuity.

Here's how I made my all-new studio:



January 20th, 2015

Fantasy Authors Brandon Mull and Brandon Sanderson

Nothing better than the two Brandons!



January 15th, 2015

Buddy

audiobook-buddyEvery 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.)

Buddy by Jeff Tanyard is just that.

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...

Grab it at Audible.com:
Buddy



January 10th, 2015

Star Wars Audiobook Narrator, Marc Thompson

Some insider info on how narrators prepare to record an audiobook:



December 13th, 2014

Dream Warriors – Joey Cola Book 1

Audiobook: Dream Warriors: Joey Cola Book 1Audiobooks that I record for author D. Robert Pease always seem to have an interesting story behind them, and Dream Warriors: Joey Cola Book 1 is no exception.

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...

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December 1st, 2014

Amy Poehler YES PLEASE!

If you're a fan of Amy Poehler (and her book: Yes Please!), then I'm sure you'll enjoy a few video interviews, and maybe even enjoy a laugh or two! :)

With David Letterman...


And with SCTV and SNL legend, Martin Short!

Check out her book/audiobook here: Yes Please!



November 20th, 2014

Let’s blame the narrator!

blame-the-narratorLike 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"

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November 15th, 2014

Making an audiobook – part 2

making-an-audiobook-2An 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...

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November 13th, 2014

Michael Connelly on “The Burning Room”

If you're a fan of Michael Connelly then you will certainly enjoy this recent interview:



Check out his books and audiobooks:
Michael Connelly at Amazon.com



November 9th, 2014

Overheard: Gillian Flynn

There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.
―Gone Girl

The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.
―Sharp Objects

Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial - you'd think all women do is clean and bleed.
―Gone Girl

There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.
―Gone Girl

Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.
―Gone Girl

It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.
―Gone Girl

Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.
―Gone Girl

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November 3rd, 2014

Making an audiobook – part 1

making-an-audiobook-1People often ask me what it's like narrating audiobooks. More often than not, they want to know because they are interested getting into the business themselves.

They ask common questions such as "What kind of equipment do you need?" or "What kind of software is used?" and the biggie "How much do you get paid?"

And while there are very simple answers to these questions, they aren't the questions one should even be asking at the start.

Instead of answering any questions at all, I thought I'd take you on a step-by-step journey through the process of making an audiobook in a series of articles.

I believe that this series is something that not only budding narrators can learn from, but also authors who are interested in having an audiobook made of their works.

And so, here is part one:

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October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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

Audiobook: All Together Now: A Zombie StoryFifteen-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...

Check it out at Audible.com:
All Together Now: A Zombie Story

Rainbows and Sunshine... and Zombies

Audiobook: Rainbows, Sunshine... and ZombiesMe 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.

Check it out at Audible.com:
Rainbows and Sunshine... and Zombies

Pizza Delivery

Audiobook: Pizza DeliveryCollege 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?

Check it out at Audible.com:
Pizza Delivery

The Bikings

Audiobook: The BikingsHarek 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.

Check it out at Audible.com:
The Bikings



October 20th, 2014

Harry Potter – dueling narrators

Who do you like better?
The original narrator of the Harry Potter series, Jim Dale?
Or the second narrator, Stephen Fry?

Both narrators are excellent. But who do you prefer?