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NARRATION: How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Last

How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Last

How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Last

My fifth audiobook narration for Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) has hit the Amazon store. It’s a short one I picked specifically so I could fit it in before going on vacation. I’ll be curious to see how How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Last does, because I can imagine that more people might take a chance on a short, inexpensive book. And if that’s true it would mean that I could be doing a lot less work for a lot more return. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t still do longer books. 90% of the short ones are scam books of the kind where the guy promises the key to life 80 times in 45 minutes but never actually gives it to you (for that you have to order his $200 lecture series), and I don’t need to have anything to do with those. But I have to admit that a one week project does have some advantages over the typical 1-month book, so if I can find some of those to do, I will.

As always, I don’t want to comment on the content of the book itself. I have no control over the content other than the ability to refuse the option to produce it, and the way ACX is set up I have to agree to produce it before I get to see the full manuscript. But as far as the narration and production go, I’m pretty proud of this first effort and the new Audio Technica 2020 mic I had to get to replace my dying Blue Spark. I don’t have it 100% dialed in to where I want it yet, but it’s not too bad at all so far.

NARRATION: Rolling Through Life: Camp HandiCan

Rolling Through Life: Camp HandiCan

Rolling Through Life: Camp HandiCan

I’m now up to four audiobook narrations for Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) with a fifth on the way in a week or so. The book is called Rolling Through Life: Camp HandiCan and it’s probably my proudest project to date. My pride isn’t because I sing in it (though I do—sorry), or because the writing is perfect (though it may be the best of the books I’ve narrated so far), but because the subject matter is touching to me and because it’s told by an author who obviously poured his heart into it.

It’s fiction—I’m told by the author that his actual life is spread across a couple of the characters—but it reads like a memoir. It’s about a guy that ends up being a counselor at a camp for handicapped children by accident. Personally, having spent a summer and a couple winters working at Camp Variety for Spina Bifida, some aspects of the story may have touched me a bit more than some. But I think the triumphs and the love story are pretty universally accessible (ironic remark intended), and you could do worse than to give it a read or listen or both.

As I said, the writing’s not perfect; I think there are some parts that could be fleshed out more. But it’s a solid first writing effort, you’ll enjoy it, and the author could use your encouragement so that he keeps writing and developing.

It’s safe to say that if I can find more books like this to work on (though perhaps with less singing on my part), this will continue to be a very fun second job/hobby/side hustle for me

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NARRATION: Holocaust Survivor Accounts and Holocaust Rescuers: Surviving The Holocaust Stories

Holocaust Survivor Accounts and Holocaust Rescuers: Surviving The Holocaust StoriesThis makes two audiobook narrations for Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) under my belt. It’s called Holocaust Survivor Accounts and Holocaust Rescuers: Surviving The Holocaust Stories.

As before, it’s not for me to comment on the content of the book itself. As the narrator I have no control over the content other than the ability to refuse the option to produce it. I’m proud of this as a longer project. There were some things I could have/should have done better, some that I thought I would have a chance to fix later and didn’t. But altogether, I think it’s a solid second effort, and of a topic that was more interesting to me personally. The price is high and I wish I had some control over that to help saleshttp://www.audible.com/pd/History/Holocaust-Survivor-Accounts-and-Holocaust-Rescuers-Audiobook/B06XY8MBWV/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1491311242&sr=1-1. I’ll tell interested friends to check it out on sale.

NARRATION: Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports of the World’s Craziest True Ghost Stories and Hauntings

Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports of the World's Craziest True Ghost Stories and HauntingsMy first official audiobook narration for Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) has hit the Amazon store and I’m excited to see how it goes. The book is called Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports of the World’s Craziest True Ghost Stories and Hauntings.

I don’t want to comment on the content of the book itself. As the narrator I have no control over the content other than the ability to refuse the option to produce it. But as far as the narration and production go, I’m pretty proud of this first effort and I can honestly say I learned some new things while working on it, which is not something you say often when you’ve been dabbling in audio projects of various kinds for over a decade. Or two.

Regardless, the thing about these kinds of projects (and most things in our world) is that ambition trumps quality. It doesn’t matter if you have the best product in the world, if you’re not motivated to promote it, it’ll never sell. In this case, I get the distinct impression that the author is motivated, and that he’s in a niche that is notoriously hungry for input. So, I’m hoping that we can get some sales out if it. The long-term idea is to get enough active audiobooks that even scattered sales from a lot of sources can add up to some kind of income. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve talked with other ACX Narrator/Producers that have enough irons in the fire to make a steady, livable income from the earnings. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that stage, but having some play money to put into the kids’ college funds and such would be nice. Cross your fingers!

RELEASED: Mr. Hill’s Death on Pseudopod

Man, it seems like forever since I’ve done a narration for Pseudopod, and it’s always such a pleasure.

If you’ve got 20ish minutes and can stomach a modern tale that would make Bradbury smile, this is a good one to check out. And if you do, be sure to join and visit their Facebook group and give it a LIKE or pop into the forum and express your thoughts to other audience members.

PseudoPod 474: Mr. Hill’s Death

RELEASED: To the Knife Cold Stars

To the Knife Cold Stars author A. Merc Rustad

To the Knife Cold Stars author A. Merc Rustad

I am very proud of Escape Pod’s editors’ choice to run this beautiful story as the first in our month-long tribute to female and non-binary gendered authors, and I’m honored to have been able to narrate it.

It’s a stirring story set in a post-apocalyptic, machine-driven, 1984-ish world. The main character is saved from a death sentence for loving without permission, and his fortune leads him to make a similar sacrifice to save someone else. In the end, the simple beauty of the night sky is the most important.

It’s a bit of a tear-jerker, but well worth the ride in my opinion. I also count it in the top 10 of my narrations easily; maybe top 5. I’m quite proud if it.

http://escapepod.org/2015/02/07/ep480-knife-cold-stars/

RELEASED: narration of Checkmate on Escape Pod

I got this one on short notice when the narrator I had originally booked suffered a family tragedy. I would never hope to get work that way, but I have a soft spot in my heart for steampunk, so this one was a pleasure to cover.

It’s steampunk; it posits war-by-proxy; there’s action and a twist – it’s well worth your time for a listen.

http://escapepod.org/2014/10/24/ep466-checkmate/

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RELEASED: my narration of Way of the Needle on Escape Pod

I didn’t plan to be narrating this one, but the audio I received from the original narrator was unusable, so I rushed to knock tis one out. I’m almost sad to say it because I don’t want to belittle the original narrator’s effort (it really was well done, I just couldn’t use the file), but I’m very proud of how this one came out. It’s probably in my top 5 narrations to date.

The story itself is brilliant — probably the most original sci-fi I’ve heard in a while. I can’t do justice describing it, so either just listen or pop over to the Escape Pod page for the episode and read it until you’re sure it’s something you want to listen to. You’re going to want to. Think: a feudal Japanese story, with all of the characters played by silicon-based alien insects.

http://escapepod.org/2014/05/11/ep446-way-needle/

RELEASED: my reading of Eater of Bone on Escape Pod

Eater of Bone by Robert Reed

Eater of Bone by Robert Reed

Escape Pod has never done a novella that I can recall, but it was a pleasure trying out some super-long-form reading on Robert Reed‘s Eater of Bone. It’s kind of what Planet of the Apes might have been if it followed Nova instead of Taylor, and instead of meeting astronauts recently arrived from the past, Nova met an astronaut that had been there for thousands of years.

Okay, my analogy may be more confusing than the actual plot, so how ’bout you just take my word for it that it’s a good one and you go check out both parts of the four hour audio novella linked here:

PART 1: http://escapepod.org/2014/04/05/ep442a-eater-bone/

PART 2: to release 4/10/2014

RELEASED: My reading of The Little Black Bag on Escape Pod

We always talk about traveling to the future or at least glimpsing it. But imagine if the future mistakenly sent something back to the past and it fell into the right hands, who shared it with the wrong person, who then found themselves the object of a Hitchcock-worthy end.

If it sounds intriguing, give a listen to this little bit of golden-age sci-fi from Escape Pod. It’s not my best reading, but I’d put it in the upper 50%, and in my opinion the fun of the story makes up for my lacking.

http://escapepod.org/2014/01/05/ep429-little-black-bag/

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