Recordings for ACX
I have now completed four commercial recordings for ACX, which is the production arm of Audible.com. They are a very mixed bunch, and unsurprisingly have had mixed success in the marketplace. If anyone is interested, the audiobooks are available on Audible (US), Audible UK, Audible Australia and also, I believe, on the equivalent Amazon and iTunes sites.
The first book is a shortish interpretation of the plans of the United Nations for the 21st century. I don’t know about you, but before recording this I had never even heard of the UN’s “Agenda 21”. It is a plan for global sustainable development and is the product of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. As the original document is 700 pages and written very much in the expected quasi-governmental jargon, it is not likely to be popular bedtime reading for anyone, I think. Julian Chitta’s book is more digestible, and I found it very interesting. I learned a lot, but one must be aware that it is, of course, written from one man’s perspective.
The second book I recorded was a rather delightful children’s book called Daisy Weal, written by Robert A. V. Jacobs. It may not be the most original of concepts, but I thought it was a lot of fun. It’s about a little girl with extraordinary powers, and her adventures in the world (and beyond!).
The third book was quite the tour de force. Running to over 25 hours, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors is a collection of essays on many aspects of British history, and is not only informative but in my view highly entertaining. The essays were originally published as blog posts on the English Historical Fiction Authors blog. From the recording point of view, it was very demanding indeed, as it was important to make it really listenable. Also, of course, there were countless pronunciations to find (and then get my mouth round!) from medieval Welsh and Scots to even further afield.
It really is a treasure trove and is one of the recordings of which I am most proud. So if you want to hear about subjects ranging from the Dark Ages to the Second World War, by way of cunning courtesans, Tudor torture, Elizabethan gardening, the flush toilet, masked balls and countless other fascinating tidbits, this one’s for you.
The fourth release is a small collection of gentle cat-themed stories. I have some complimentary codes for review copies, so drop me a line if you would like one – please specify whether you use the US or UK Audible site.
I have also just embarked on another novel, which is going to be quite a daring departure for me, but more about that later!