by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
I'm very proud to say that most of my books are available as audiobooks. I can't say I'm proud of ALL my books that have been produced in audio.
Sentenced To Death.)
The producers contacted me to ask for pronunciations and other tidbits, and they paid attention to such things as giving one character the English accent she spoke with.
Steven is a consummate professional. I don't have to read the manuscript word-for-word as I listen to his performance. He knows when he screws up, and he fixes any glitches before I even hear his work. So far we've worked on five projects with at least two more in the works for this summer. I hope to have Steven read the first three Jeff Resnick books in the not-too-distant future, too. (My favorite of the books he narrated is Bound By Suggestion. OMG--I couldn't believe I wrote the book, it was such a roller coaster ride, thanks to Steven's performance.)
Heather Masters. Heather reads With Baited Breath, the first Lotus Bay mystery. I slogged (and that's the word) through 36 auditions. You can't imagine how tedious it is to hear the same passage being read over and over again, and then comparing reader A with B, C, D, E and F. And EVERYBODY sounded alike. The very first woman who auditioned was the best. I compared her to everybody else. Unfortunately, her circumstances changed and she wasn't able to read the book. That's when I found Heather, who did a wonderful job.
I wish I could say that about Booktown Mysteries 6, 7, 8 and 9 produced by Tantor Media. As soon as I heard the audio sample up on their website, I knew the narrator WAS ALL WRONG for my books. Unfortunately, authors have no control over such things.
ANGELA. That's just sloppy work. Even worse, nobody caught it. I reported it to my editor, who was as appalled as me, but nothing was done about it.
I couldn't even finish listening to the book, and I'm sure as heck not going to waste 8 hours a pop listening to the others. Therefore, I can't in good conscience promote any of those books.
So, audio has had it's highs and lows for me.
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Who are some of your favorite audio narrators?