Some, like the young lady on the right, prefer reading a physical book. In the case of mine, holding it upside down seems to help.
Others, like the young lady on the left, clearly have mixed emotions. Or maybe they just haven’t discovered the upside down trick.
For her, and maybe you, good news!
…is now available for pre-order. The actual release is June 27, 2017.
Personally, I’m not an audio book kinda guy mostly I think because I rarely drive the long distances that seem the ideal time to listen to audio books. Which may be why it has taken a year since the the print/kindle publication date of June 18, 2016 to get this done.
(Happy Birthday, Book!!)
But, based on the number of requests for an audio version, many of you have long drives or just prefer listening. So we listened!
Last fall my crack agent, Anna, began to shop the audio book rights around. This was about the same time she launched her own agency, Write View.
By January 2017 we had inked a deal with Audible. Then, to my amazement, they asked me to personally narrate it. Listeners, they said, like listening to audio books in the author’s own voice.
I confess this both appealed to, and terrified, me. Appealed because it sounded fun and I had never done such a thing. Plus, I can see how listeners would like it. Terrified because I had never done such a thing and I am keenly aware that good voice over is a skill the pros take years to hone. Plus, if we were going to do an audio version of my book, I wanted it to be the very best it could be.
In the end, the good folks at Audible convinced me that any shortcomings in my narration skills would be outweighed by the advantage of it being in my voice.
They also found…
…for me here in the wilds of New Hampshire to handle the recording. So after our return from Asia, in April I spent three consecutive days reading into a microphone and, let me tell you, this author wrote some phrases that look fine on paper but twist the tongue something fierce.
The Rocking Horse guys were a pleasure to deal with. Brian, the owner, made me feel welcome and Josh, the engineer, kept it fun, on track and provided guidance and patience. He also introduced me to Throat Coat tea, nothing short of magic for getting thru this process.
As with my video, if this book sounds great as I’m sure it will, the credit goes to Josh and the Audible editors. Indeed, I recorded numerous “takes” of almost every line to be sure they had enough to work with.
Even so, last week I was back in studio re-recording some lines for the final touches.
But now it is done (Whew!) and available by clicking here:
So, if audio is your thing, there you go. If not, the print and kindle versions are still available on Amazon.
Thanks to all of you who have read it so far, especially those of you who have taken the time to post 5-Star reviews on Amazon. Very, very much appreciated!
In the comments below, some listeners have report various issues with their audio books. As I have nothing to do with the sales and production of the book, I reached out to Audible.
They tell me Audible’s tech support customer service team can resolve these issues if you have them. They are available by chat, email, and phone (https://www.audible.com/mt/contactus)