Finally! A new video…

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it.
With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator.
Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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5 Responses to Finally! A new video…

  1. Ketlian January 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Hello Simon,
    Please do not apologize for not video blogging regularly, we all have crazy lives too! Thank you for the wonderful work you do with narration. People, as myself, with wickedly long commutes, love and appreciate good narrators, and you are definitely one of those!
    I can only hope your life will be one of many feasts, and few famines!
    Keep the words flowing!
    K

  2. John November 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi, Simon.

    I really enjoyed your narration of “Bring Up the Bodies,” as well as your superb readings of “David Copperfield” and “Dance to the Music of Time” (which I read several years ago; your version was a great way to experience it anew). I have a couple of your Trollope narrations queued up to listen to soon.

    Question: is there someone to whom you could suggest getting the rights to record Hilary Mantel’s “A Place of Greater Safety” (about the French Revolution)? It’s a great book, and as far as I know it has not been recorded. I’m sure you would do a fantastic job with it, though it would be a bit of a marathon for you.

    All best,
    John

    • Simon December 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks for the positive comments, John. Much appreciated and I’m glad you enjoy my narration.

      As to who to press to have an audiobook done of that earlier Mantel piece, I’m really not sure who would have the decision making power. But if they had any idea that it would make money they’d be on it like a shot! I imagine the author could make a request, if she so felt, and then it would be up to the bean counters at the publishing house… but I’m afraid I can’t give you any names (I don’t know anyone in power there!).

      If there’s somewhere like Goodreads.com where you could start a campaign that might be a beginning.

      In the meantime I hope you continue to be happy with what’s currently out there!
      🙂

  3. Alison September 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi, Simon! Those peaches look about a hundred times better than the ones I could buy at Publix.. I’m jealous!

    I just wanted to say, I just finished The Blinding Knife, and I can’t even tell you how incredibly AWESOME it was. I mean, I listened to the first book, The Black Prism, because a friend said it was really good and I was out of things to listen to anyway. I suffered through the poor narration for about half the book, considered giving it up because the narrator was so distracting, but then I saw the sequel had just come out and YOU were the narrator. I think I whooped out loud when I saw. So I made it through the rest of the first one and then just tore through the sequel. The narration was about a million bazillion times better, as I knew it would be, but I have to say, I think the author improved a ton as well. Which is rare, in my experience, for a sequel. Now I have to get a text copy of the first one because I don’t think I gave it enough credit the first time around. Not sure if you had to listen to any of it, but the guy made Gavin sound like a stoner surfer dude. GAVIN. For the WHOLE BOOK. And Kip was this whiny falsetto.. thing.. The way you read kids’ and women’s voices is just excellent, and it’s a skill that few others I’ve heard really manage to nail.

    So, this got longer than intended, but I wanted to say thank you for saving an author for me. Also, you should see if they’d pay you to redo the first one because it needs you..

    I hope the next wave of jobs starts flowing in soon, because I’m running out of books again. Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • Simon September 25, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      I think you show tremendous staying power to stick out the rest of the narration in the first book :). Thanks so much for this very flattering post – it really is a pleasure to have one’s work recognized. I’m only sorry it comes at the expense of a failed narration of the author’s first book in this series.

      I’m afraid it’s probably very unlikely if not impossible that the publisher will consider revisiting the first book for a fresh narration – but your words here will go some way to cementing my claim to future books by Brent (and I know he agrees with you here).
      All the best
      – S.

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