Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Listening to Books

I've always been a big fan of audiobooks, all the way back to when they were called books-on-tape. My day job involved a long commute and listening to stories saved my sanity. Most of the time, I wished I could keep right on trucking past my place of employment until the book ended.

So I was major disappointed when none of my books were offered in audio. And since the publisher held all rights, I couldn't DIY (or is it DIM?)

While traveling with the  Fatal Four (Maggie Sefton, Jenn McKinley, Wendy Watson, and moi) through Texas, a state with more pavement than any other, where Texans have long hauls between cities and jobs, I heard a lot of requests for audiobooks.

But my hands were tied (or handcuffed). Until the day when my books went out of print and rights reverted back to me. Hurray! I started hunting for a narrator for the Gertie Johnson series. Gertie lives in the Michigan Upper Peninsula, where locals has a very distinctive accent, one that might become challenging to listen to for seven hours. But wait, Gertie wasn't born and raised there. She's a transplant. So never mind an accent.

That's when I found Carol Herman and we started collaborating on the audio version of Murder Passes the Buck. I LOL every time I hear her imitate Grandma Johnson. Carol is a wonderfully talented narrator.

You can listen to the first chapter at Amazon's Audible (the sample button is right below the cover image) or at Apple's iTunes, if you're interested.

I just wish I had taken contact information from those Texans who were so hungry for something to listen to. If you run into any of them, please spread the word.

Any other audiobook lovers out there?