This is a great behind the scenes overview of how Galaxy Audio produced their series of L. Ron Hubbard classic pulp fiction audiobooks from the Golden Age. Galaxy is a participating Pure Platinum Publisher in our Solid Gold Reviewer program. Each book is roughly two hours in length. They are a great diversion; pure entertainment; and great a great listening experience. Check out the video. It is very interesting.
Here is another trailer from Galaxy Audio. Review copies of Spy Killer are available through our Solid Gold Reviewer program, until November 15th. It is your chance to listen/experience audio drama done very well.
I got this website passed on to me by Thomas L. Evans, a regular supporter of the Jukebox. Chapter & Voice is a service for book writers. They will produce a 5-8 minute professionally recorded sample (up to 1250 words) of the author's work to be used for marketing purposes. The idea is to find a great sample from the book, have it professionally read, and leave the audience wanting more.
We already have book trailers and sound samples of audiobooks. This is an audio teaser of a written work, to market it to publishers or for self-publishers to use in their own marketing. Yet another twist in the brave new world of book publishing. --JEFF
Here is the trailer for this Galaxy Audio production. A review copy of this audiobook is available in our Solid Gold Reviewer program, through November 15th. It's your chance to experience and review very well done audio drama.
It seems that far too many who listen to audiobooks think anyone can narrate one. Perhaps, but that doesn't mean anyone would care to listen to the narration, much less pay for it. This is the first of a 2-part blog from Arielle DeLisle that is quite good for a reality check. It takes far more than a USB Mr. Microphone plugged into ones laptop. The second part of the blog gets into the time and effort, not to mention skill and talent needed to successfully narrate an audiobook.
Check out this story from SUVUDU and listen to Xe Sands perform two really nice interpretations of Poe classics for Halloween. The Tell-Tale Heart has always been my favorite from Poe, dating back to my early teens. --JEFF
We got this note from AudioGO and decided to pass it along, as it is a great deal:
Just wanted to give you a little heads up on a piece of news that could be of interest to you. We’re offering free audio downloads on Monday October 31 of our classic horror audiobook, Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale by J. Sheridan le Fanu, narrated by Megan Follows (known to many as the star of the movie adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series). The audio was named a winner of the PW Listen Up Award. From 9 am to noon Eastern Time, audiophiles can visit our website, add the audiobook to their basket, enter the code TREAT11 and download their free copy.
This is the link to the page for Carmilla and listeners can hear a clip at the site as well: http://www.audiogo.com/audiobook/80349/carmilla-a-vampyre-tale.
Thought this might be something of interest to your audience and just wanted to pass the word along.
This is a nice interview between voice actor Anne Flosnik and Speaking of Audiobooks editor Lea Hensley. At the Jukebox, we know both ladies and consider them our friends and supporters of our efforts. Check out the interview and the Giveaway here.
Audiobook samples of Stephen King's new book 11/22/63 are available on his website. 11/22/63 will be released on November 8th as a hardcover, as well as an eBook and audiobook.
Jeffrey Kafer has written an interesting and rather blunt blog titled 8 Reasons Why You’re Not Landing ACX Audiobook Gigs. If one aspires to voice act for audiobooks, they really need to read this blog. If one just does podcasts, the points about production are very useful.
Iambik Audio is turning one year old. They put out some great audiobooks. They have supported our Solid Gold Reviewer program from the start. They are having a great birthday promotion. You can find the details at here. Stop by their site and see how to enter to take advantage of their birthday giveaway!
Iambik is heating things up with it's recently released Romance Collection as reported here in Listen Up from PW. We've already featured two of the audiobooks in our Solid Gold Reviewer program and will have another title up for October selection. --JEFF
This article is obvious to my voice actor friends, but likely not so to many of the bloggers who contribute to this site. Working from a home studio requires the voice actor to wear multiple hats. Check out this article to learn what each hat involves.
It looks like audiobookland now has the attention of some of the "A-list" Hollywood actors. Perhaps this is yet another sign of audiobooks emerging into the mainstream. I'll guess that the voice actors' names will be prominently displayed on the Audible cover shots, likely more prominently than the author.
This is a great commentary from Roger Ebert and his praises for the voice acting work of Edward Herrmann; who recently recorded the audiobook version of Ebert's memoir, Life Itself.
"Listening to it, I discovered for the first time a benefit from losing my own speaking voice: If I could still speak, I suppose I would probably have recorded it myself, and I wouldn't have been able to do that anywhere as near as well as Herrmann does."