Reading the Audiobook
So on Monday I began the three-day task of reading the manuscript for my audiobook, which should be coming in the second week of October to coincide with the general book’s launch.Just like nearly everything else in this process, it was my first time ever doing a read I was pretty apprehensive on Sunday night. That night before the read, I sat behind my computer with headphones on, flicking between two different (and very well read) audiobooks. The first – Barack Obama’s, Dreams of My Father was read incredibly well, but had a tone that was more solemn than I could treat my material with. Plus, there might be something a little presumptuous with trying to copy the President’s speaking cadences just because you haven’t developed any good ones of your own.
The professional reader (Patrick Lawler) for my second book, Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortensen, was much easier on the ears than Obama and so I tried to imitate his more laid back – but still fairly dynamic style. I don’t know if you reading this dig audio books, but at the very least I can promise you the following if you buy one:
1.) I get to say “cornucopia of male genitalia” out loud, which is honestly one of the most entertaining phrases out there to say.
2.) I try to impersonate an the notifying sound for an instant messaging service
3.) I try (poorly) to imitate the sound of the shutter click on my camera
4.) I get to impersonate a fictitious – and quite pompous – ski instructor named, “Hans.”
5.) And finally, I get to impersonate my indignant father at a couple of points early on in the text. There’s something childishly fun about getting to shout curse words in a studio booth…
SO! If you would like to see me crash and burn trying to make my voice do the things listed above, then you should definitely check out the audio book.
Aside from that, everything has been going quite well, if not incredibly slow. I’ve been spending a ton of time trying go out and enjoying the dregs of Summer in Montana while prepping for the chaos that will be the book launch.
I’ll be throwing a post in here later this week about some new camera gear I just purchased and what it means about my next project…
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