NEW YORK CITY: THE HORNET’S NEST!

The title of this blog is deliberately misleading. I do not intend to slight NYC by likening it to a hornet’s nest, I simply wanted to attract your attention. The fact is that I am in New York as I write this… and, in case you missed the announcement, the audiobook of my narration of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is about to be released in the US.

Now, I’m not going to go into the details of this book here, they can be found with a simple web search if you so desire, but I do want to celebrate the fact that this is probably the biggest selling recording I have been associated with to date – and who knows when the next blockbuster will come my way. Don’t get me wrong, I love Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope as much as the next man (well, the man next to him, maybe – if he knows his classics) but they don’t set the world on fire these days as much as the final installment of a too-soon-deceased Swedish author (Stieg Larsson) whose first two novels sold millions of copies around the world. So please excuse my little thrill…

Why am I in New York, you ask? (or don’t ask, whatever, I’m going to tell you): If you’d seen the ‘Coming Events’ space on the home page and in the menu bar (honestly, I don’t know why I carefully craft these things if you don’t pay attention) then you’d have noticed that the Audio Publishers Association Conference is taking place here on Monday 24th (tomorrow, as I write) and then on Tuesday evening this year’s Audie Award winners will be announced at an event taking place at the Museum of the City of New York – and I’ll be dressing in my tuxedo and announcing a few of said awards as I have been so nicely asked to do in each of the past four years (I bought this tux 20 years ago for when I sailed across the Atlantic on the QE2 – then it went into mothballs until I attended my first Audies in 2006 – Oh, and I wear a waistcoat I bought at the Edinburgh festival in 1983… a whole other story, or stories… boy, do I ramble).

Clearly I haven’t quite got the hang of this blog thing yet. You see, I had planned to tell you what I thought about travelling and hotel rooms and all sorts of random things, but I took up most of the time telling you about the title I chose for this blog and I’m really not sure how much more I should write.

So let me just end by mentioning that I’m up for a couple of Audies myself and who knows what could happen. I’d like to be a winner, but it’s not really the reason I do what I do. After all, the important thing is not the destination, it’s the journey we take to get there and… Aw! Who am I kidding? I’d love to bag another – who wouldn’t?

Keep well!
Simon
PS. The photo at the top of this blog is the view from my hotel room…I love New York!

Took the audio out as it was getting to be a headache trying to make it work in all browsers – give me time and it will be back!

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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9 Responses to NEW YORK CITY: THE HORNET’S NEST!

  1. Lisa July 13, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Your narration of the Stieg Larsson books was tremendous! I do not speak Swedish, but I got the impression that you were correctly pronouncing the Swedish words. Do you speak Swedish or did you have a Swedish dialect coach for these books?
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers, Lisa

  2. Amy June 6, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    Welcome to New York Simon, your style of narration is the way it should be done, you set the bar for newcomers and veterans. I have only listened to two of your narrated books so far ( more to come ) and its sad but true, I will never turn the pages of my favorite book again. You blew new breath in this digital age we live in, the feeling is like a movie to my ears. I know I am not alone in saying I hope you bag another Audie, Cheers!

  3. Laurie Atwater May 26, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Boy, you could certainly tell that Audible’s servers were getting a real workout yesterday morning! Hornet’s Nest downloads were no doubt sucking up major bandwidth. It took for-ev-er to complete Part One, yet Parts Two and Three progress bars zipped right along. Signs of an eager readership! I’m just thankful it didn’t crash completely the way it did when Played With Fire was released…

    I’m several chapters in and loving it.

    Can’t wait for the Audies blog!

    Best,
    Laurie Atwater

  4. Kristin May 24, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    Fingers crossed for you, Simon!

    Technical note: I couldn’t get the audio to play on my MacBook. Hmmm….

    Bona Fortuna, k.

    • Simon May 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

      Hmm, indeed…. So, the usual questions: which operating system, which browser? – you can email me with this if you wish.

  5. Richard J. Stuckey May 24, 2010 at 4:49 am #

    Welcome to New York Simon, your style of narration is the way it should be done, you set the bar for newcomers and veterans. I have only listened to two of your narrated books so far ( more to come ) and its sad but true, I will never turn the pages of my favorite book again. You blew new breath in this digital age we live in, the feeling is like a movie to my ears. I know I am not alone in saying I hope you bag another Audie, Cheers!

    • Simon May 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks, Richard. That’s very flattering!

  6. Julie May 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Hi Simon,

    Great blog! Please post a photo of you in your tux – I just have to see that waistcoat!

    Best of luck!

    Julie

    • Simon May 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

      I imagine there’ll be a post Audie Awards blog – so I’ll see if any photos are flattering enough to publish!

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