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June Is Audiobook Month!

June Is Audiobook Month!

It’s hard to believe, but June is almost over again!  Summertime is a wonderful time to enjoy great listens, what with all the road trips and long flights going on.  Perhaps that’s why we celebrate audiobooks each June.

This year, I was delighted to participate in a wonderful project called “Going Public…In Shorts.”  The project, conceived and developed by the excellent audiobook narrator Xe Sands, and produced by Blackstone Audio, is a collection of public domain short stories across a variety of genres.  Best of all, proceeds from the sale of “Going Public…In Shorts” benefit a great cause, Reach Out and Read – a literacy advocacy group.
In addition to narrating a story for the project, I had the opportunity to partner with one of the many terrific audiobook blogs, Narrator Reviews and Audiobooks.  You can read Jennie’s thoughts about the project, and audiobooks in general, there at her blog.
For full information about the Going Public…In Shorts project, click here
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Thanks, Dog-eared copy!

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New York is full of books!

Here I am in NYC, the sun came back out, and I’ve met a lot of amazing people at the Audio Publishers Association Conference and Book Expo America this week!  One word that seems to be a central theme is “content.”  Everyone is looking for the best way to deliver content of all kinds to consumers.  Printed books are alive and well, of course.  The other major categories are eBooks and audiobooks.  Guess which one is my favorite?

But seriously, I was quite surprised by some of innovative ways that content will be delivered in the future.  It seems like every other person on the convention floor has an iPad!  
One thing that will never change, however, is that all of this “content” is really just all about the ancient art of storytelling.  Any narrator that can skillfully lift an author’s vision off the page and tell a good story will always be in demand.
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Don’t read…act!

Actors of all kinds would do well to remember this important reminder from the great Paul Alan Ruben.  Whether performing commercial copy, corporate narration, or narrating an audiobook, this lesson is dead-on.  It’s one of the major differences between a reader and an actor.  Thanks, Paul!