Here’s an exciting development in the publishing world. Audiobook popularity is growing at a phenomenal pace. It’s no secret that I love audiobooks. In many instances, the availability of a companion audiobook is the determining factor in my eBook purchases, especially for non-fiction. That’s my only excuse for not moving past book three in the Poldark series (unavailable in audiobook in my region, as of this writing). Listening to the audiobook edition enhances my enjoyment of a book a thousand fold.
I also love it when I discover that a book on my wish list is WhisperSync for voice-ready, which means eBook readers can switch back and forth between listening to the companion narration and reading their Kindle edition seamlessly without losing their place in the story. Another great thing about WhisperSync enabled audiobooks is their attractive prices, often as low as $1.99 as is the case with two thirds of my audiobook productions, thus far.
Amazon has a handy feature that allows its Kindle eBook readers to identify which of their purchases have WhisperSync companion narrations. Click here and discover which of your eBook purchases are eligible.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have collaborated with award winning British narrator and voice actor, Pearl Hewitt, on twenty audiobook productions, with plans to get started on number twenty-one soon.
When listening to Pearl’s narrations before signing off on production, I often find myself on the edge of my chair wondering what’s going to take place next. I marvel throughout the process at the richness she brings to her narrations—a testament to her extraordinary talents.
My favorites of all of Pearl’s characterizations are her Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet renditions. I can no longer write dialogue for either of the two ladies without imagining how Pearl might capture them. With that said, there’s little wonder that I find the following exchange in Only a Heartbeat Away so delightful.
What say you? In a verbal face-off between Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs. Bennet, which of the two ladies do you think would best carry her point? Comment below for your share in the conversation.
I have exciting news for audiobook lovers! This week I kicked off my Third Annual Spring Fling Audiobook Giveaway. Visit http://bit.ly/springflingcontest2016 and take part in the fun. In addition to daily audiobook prizes, there’s a grand prize. One lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the contest. I hope to see you there.