The Independent (UK) May 8th, 2014

Here’s an interesting article from one of the major UK national daily newspapers – The Independent.  It’s based on an interview with Don Katz, the founder of but Simon Usbourne also interviewed me and a few lines get quoted later on.

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“…The process starts before recording with thorough reading. “Mantel makes reference later in the book to Henry VIII’s slightly high-pitched voice,” Vance, who’s 58, says. “I have to take that into account from the start because in my mind he had the voice of Richard Burton.” Some writers try to read their own works. “John le Carré is one of the great narrators,” Katz says. “Others try it and say, get me a pro!” Vance says great satisfaction comes with a good review by an author. “I’ve heard them say listening to their own book, it’s like someone else wrote it – they hear it in a different way,” he says…”

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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One Response to The Independent (UK) May 8th, 2014

  1. Virginia May 13, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Thank you for sharing this article. It was super interesting, and so nice to see in writing that abridging audiobooks is now a thing of the past. I love this medium, and largely I have you to thank due to your AMAZING performance of ‘David Copperfield’ in all of it’s 27 CD glory!! I’ve enjoyed Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels, and just finished ‘Bring Up The Bodies’. I hope you will be the artist to perform the final book in that trilogy. Thank you for your artistry!

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