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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You've got to hear it to believe it!

Like expectant parents, Christopher Hopper and I waited to hear the audio version of our first book together: Curse of the Spider King. OK, maybe not quite like parents, but still…you get the idea. We were very curious and a little worried. Would Oasis Audio hire serious voice talent? Would the voice actor/actress get it right? Would it be overly dramatic or too plain? Just as an actor or actress can absolutely make (see Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men) or break (see Natalie Portman* in Star Wars Prequels) a movie, the voice actor is everything to an audio book. But then, it arrived:



Christopher and I were thrilled. No, that's understatement. The narrator, Greg Whalen did a terrific job with all 104 speaking characters. How does he come up with so many voices? I have no idea. The thing is, he got it right. The voices in my head somehow turned out to be the voices he spoke. Looking for something new to listen to? Click the link above or the link in my sidebar. If you'd like to hear a sample, click below:


* To be fair to Ms. Portman, Hayden Christensen shared the worst dialog in cinematic history! "I love you." "No, I love you more." Blech! Eaccchh! Hack! Cough! Of course, it was Lucas who presumably wrote the dialogue. And to be fair, Revenge of the Sith was actually the best of the Star Wars prequels. At least Jar Jar Binks didn't have a staring role. 'Nuff said.

12 comments:

Jake said...

I admit, I was a bit apprehensive when I clicked on the link. A lot of other audiobook readers sound bland and tasteless. But wow! Greg Whalen's voice has a lot more character than some of the other audiobook readers I've heard. Sounds amazing! It actually sounds like he's ENJOYING reading the book aloud, a quality hard to find in audiobooks.

I wish I had enough money to buy it. :D If it comes to my library, then my sister is sure to get it; she's an audiobook person. :D

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I want it!!!!! I loved the book and i've always been a fan of audio books!!!! God bless you

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Coolness :) I've yet to listen to an audio book all the way through lol. This is pretty cool :)

Anonymous said...

ooohhh!! i can't wait to hear it!!!!

By the way I agree about Natalie Portman in that role.

Elizabeth:)
Never Alone!!

Hannah said...

I agree with you on the star wars prequels! :P
As for the voice on the audio, it sounds great! The voice actor is very talented with the different voices in the sample I played. :)

BleachTune said...

Not bad I liked it ^-^

and I agree with the star wars thing.

Millardthemk said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!! *is ecstatic and immediately hits link*

Cloe said...

That's so great, Mr. Batson!

Eldra said...

The only thing I'm not so fond of in autiobooks is when women are played by men. If you listen to the audiobooks of Chuck Black's Kingdom Series, they're read by a man unless a woman is speaking. They're by far my favorite audiobooks, but this one already sounds pretty good.

~Never Alone~

Anonymous said...

Wow i just heard the sample and man, can that guy make so many voises. When i heard Elle i just laghed.

Araken said...

Oh woah...

Anonymous said...

That is so good! :) Haha, Elle...

I totally agree with the Star Wars thing. :|