Taking a break from Regency recipes this month, I want to pick the brains of the readers of this blog who enjoy audiobooks. Now, audiobooks are something I’ve never been able to get to grips with. I’m a speed reader and the delivery speed of audiobooks is too slow for me even on double speed; my brain isn’t set up for auditory processing that way.
However, any author today really needs to be paying attention to what’s going on in the industry, and it’s fairly obvious that audiobooks are, if not the Next Big Thing, at the very least something the savvy author needs to be looking at as another avenue to get our work out there in front of readers.
Now, although I make my home in Australia, I was born and raised in the UK and I have a fairly generic English accent and a good speaking voice. I did a lot of drama and elocution at school – fun fact, I actually auditioned for RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, which is the college most British actors graduate from, but I didn’t get in because I can’t sing. True fact, and why almost all British actors turn out to have ‘hidden talents’ of being able to sing; you don’t get into RADA unless you can sing as well as act. All that training was a long time ago, but I haven’t lost the ability, and several people have said to me that I should be narrating my own audiobooks.
So… I decided to have a crack at it. And I’d love anyone reading this who enjoys an audiobook to grab my first effort, a recording of my Austenesque short story A Slip And A Trip. (You can read the test version of the story here on my website).I’ve uploaded the .mp3 audiobook version of A Slip And A Trip to Soundcloud, from where you can download it for FREE for a limited time only – at the end of December 2019 I’ll be pulling it down. It’s only around 12 minutes long, but I’d really appreciate any feedback you might have on it – you can leave feedback in the comments section here or on the Soundcloud page. And I’d also like to know about any other JAFF audiobooks; what’s your favourite, who’s your favourite narrator and what accent do they have, do you prefer an American or an English accent or do you not care, that sort of thing. Even tell me if there’s a particular JAFF book you’d just LOVE to have as an audiobook, because it’s possible I may start narrating for other authors if mine do well!
Click here or on the picture above to get your FREE short audiobook, and I hope you enjoy!