Random House Audio, Narrator

Random House Audio, Narrator

The delightful Janet Stark of Random House Audio asked me to lend my voice to the debut novel Ostrich by Matt Greene. What an extraordinary woman is Janet. When I first met her I told her of my friend Helga in England who has been suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome for some 20 years. Now bed-ridden and unable to speak, her only solace is listening to audio books. After hearing this, Janet handed me a very large cardboard box and directed me to the library.  Choose anything for your friend, she said.

I can’t say enough good about Janet. In the booth, she is patient, calm, understanding. Quite simply, she is the perfect audiobook producer.

I recorded several letters (eight pages) of this book, playing the headmaster, Mr. Clifford. A very small part, but so nice to record in an air-conditioned studio and with a director who knew exactly what he wanted.

The key is in the research. I’d read these letters a dozen times and annotated them on my iAnnotate app. I asked a couple of questions about pronunciation of words which saved a lot of time. In and out in under 30 minutes.

What I especially like about this company is that they give you two hard copies (Cds) when you record a full audiobook. Something to send my elderly mother who would, sadly, be incapable of downloading an Mp3 via audible.com.



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