Slate.com – March 17th, 2014

Here’s a link to a great article on Slate.com that I worked on with the author of A Burnable Book, Bruce Holsinger.  The book is available for download on Audible.com.

The article is titled The Voice of the Poets: The life and work of an audiobook narrator. Click on that title to bring up the article.

There’s even a recording on the page of Bruce and me giving voice to the article!

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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2 Responses to Slate.com – March 17th, 2014

  1. STEVE KISS May 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi Simon
    Got to know you when I downloaded all 3 of Larsson’s “Girl” books and enjoyed the lot on my walks using an mp3 player. Found Deon Meyer by chance, and further chance found they were read by you as well. I’ve read most of them in the same manner.
    Ran into a cd by Daniel Silva that I had not heard.Was impressed by the fact that you were going to read. Had read other Silva books the same way. But, I am sorry to say, you flunked this one, by plenty. Hard to tell who is talking except when you go American for Mr. Carter.
    Stuart woods and Robert B parker had established readers, as does Kellerman, but when the character is read by someone else it falls flat. your great capability seems to work with foreign authors the best. Tell me if I am wrong.

    laguna woods, CA 5-9-2014

    • Simon May 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      I wouldn’t presume to tell anyone that their opinion of my narration is wrong! 🙂
      The Silva novel was an interesting case as his books had already been narrated by more than one other narrator before me and joining an already established series is hard – I listened over some of those books in preparation and allowed them to influence my choices – perhaps something was lost by doing so. Whatever the reason it is not in doubt that I failed your ‘ear test’.
      If, by ‘foreign’ authors, you include British writers then I certainly have had some measure of success, it’s true – but there are also plenty of American authors in my collection – so I don’t think the nationality of the author comes into play here.
      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed at least some of my readings and hope you don’t find too many more ‘stinkers’!

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