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2014-06-06 08:16:59 PM  
Greetings Fark!

This is a bit of an experiment for me, but I hope it goes well. I'm a full-time professional audiobook narrator, and June is "Audiobook Month" in the industry (look for the hashtags #audiomonth and #JIAM on Twitter!)

I thought it would be fun to give a bunch of free audiobooks to any Farkers who want them.

I have about ten books to choose from, with multiple copies of each one. All you have to do to get one is ask and get me your email address so I can send you a gifted audiobook via Audible.com. You can send me email at my handle at gmail com or to corey at voxman dot net.

You will need an Audible account to access the book and you'll need to tell me your email address (which I won't use to do anything but send the gift), but it's easy and free to make one. These books are  free as in beer. There is no obligation on your part to receive one.

I would  appreciate it if you would be so kind as to leave a rating or a review when you've listened to the book, but there is absolutely no requirement that you do so.

If you're interested in the rest of my audiobooks, you can find them all (including the ones I can't give away today) here.

Without further ado, here's the list of books to choose from. Only one per Farker, please. I'm happy to answer any questions I can about these books, and I hope you enjoy them!

First, the DeChance ChroniclesAn Urban Fantasy Series

Similar to  Dresden Files, the DeChance Chronicles are a fun urban fantasy series about the eponymous Donovan DeChance. There's four books in the series:

Heart of a Dragon by David Niall Wilson-Urban Fantasy. When Anya Cabrera, a Voodoo Houngan in San Valencez California's Barrio, tampers with the ceremony that draws the Loa to possess the faithful, Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, and private investigator is contacted immediately. Donovan helps to maintain the balance of supernatural forces in the city - and that balance is in serious danger. The Dragons, a local motorcycle gang, live under a shaky truce with a neighboring Hispanic gang, Los Escorpiones, who are now aligned with Anya. The two groups face off in a battle that becomes more than the Dragons expected.

Vintage Soul by David Niall Wilson -Urban Fantasy. Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. When, despite the finest in natural and supernatural security, a sexy and well-loved 300-year-old lady vampire is kidnapped right out from under her lover's nose, Donovan is called in to investigate.

My Soul to Keep by David Niall Wilson -Urban Fantasy. Donovan DeChance is a collector of ancient manuscripts and books, a practicing mage, and a private investigator. He is also a very private man, and he is in love. When he invites his partner and lover, Amethyst, for a quiet dinner, she has no idea of his true intention. Donovan has planned a sharing - a vision that will give her the keys to his early life - the origins of his power - and a lot more than she bargained for. The story leads to the town of Rookwood in 1842.

Kali's Tale by David Niall Wilson -Urban Fantasy.
When asked to follow in secret as a hot-headed group of young vampires set out on a 'blood quest' to kill the ancient who created the young vampire Kali against her will, Donovan DeChance learns that - as usual - there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye.

Single Books

Half Past Midnight by Jeff Brackett- Post-apocalyptic survival thriller.
The Doomsday Clock gauges the threat of nuclear war. Currently, the clock is set at six minutes before midnight. What happens after the hands reach midnight? Survivalist Leeland Dawcett finds out when he and his family are plunged into the nightmare of their country returned to a third-world state. No phones. No computers. No television. At first, Leeland thinks basic survival is the answer. Until he crosses the path of the wrong guy...Someone who wants to do more than just survive...

Montana Dawn by Caroline Fyffe - Sweet, non-erotic Western romance.
When Luke McCutcheon finds Faith Brown about to give birth in her rickety wagon, his first instincts are to ride for help. Instead, he stays and delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unable to leave the pretty young widow and her little son and newborn unprotected in the Montana wilderness, he brings them along on his family's cattle drive, to the absolute delight of the other friendly cowboys.

Poachers Were My Prey
by R.T. Stewart and W.H. "Chip" Gross -Biography/Memoir.
Poachers Were My Prey chronicles R. T. Stewart's many exciting undercover adventures, detailing the techniques he used in putting poachers behind bars. It also reveals, for the first time, the secrets employed by undercover wildlife officers in catching the bad guys.

Spinning Webs and Telling Lies
by David Niall Wilson and Brian A. Hopkins -Short Western-themed horror stories.
This book collects Western-themed stories of horror and fantasy by Bram Stoker Award-winning authors David Niall Wilson and Brian A. Hopkins. This updated digital edition includes all previous errata and the last of the One-Eyed Jack stories, bringing all three into one book for the first time.

Rock 'n Roll Heaven
 by Shawn Inmon -Short fantasy story about rock and roll history. Jimmy "Guitar" Velvet isn't even a has-been; he's a never-was. After a short trip to the bottom of a river, Jimmy is about to undertake the adventure of a lifetime. The celestial bureaucracy ships him to Rock 'n Roll Heaven, where he meets the true icons of rock 'n roll - and learns that even "heaven" is relative. But, what impact can a small-timer like Jimmy make on the biggest stage in the universe?

The Road to Rejas
by Jeff Brackett -short prequel to  Half Past Midnight, post-apocalyptic survival thriller. In the post-apocalyptic world of Half Past Midnight, Mark Roesch was the quiet guy - the gentle giant. The people of Rejas learned to count on him during the hard times after D-day. But every survivor had a story from before... and most of those stories dealt with the deaths of friends and loved ones.Mark is no exception. Pain, loss, friendship, and wonder await him along The Road to Rejas.

Einstein Must Die!
by Chris Kohout -Alternate history steampunk featuring Einstein and Nikola Tesla on opposite sides of a world war. 1910 AD - Impending war with England has given Nikola Tesla the chance to build his dream: a weapon to end all wars. The American steam-powered Beowulf tank is larger than a house, and carries enough firepower to face an army. Beowulf also has a mechanical brain, embedded with the consciousness of Colonel Browning, America's best military strategist.
 
2014-06-06 08:18:19 PM  
My undying thanks to the Fark modmins for allowing me to do this. I hope you enjoy these! :)
 
2014-06-06 08:19:23 PM  
The main link goes to my full catalog on Audible, by the way- all the titles listed above are there, plus more that I'm not allowed to give away (more's the pity!).
 
2014-06-06 08:32:41 PM  
By the way, it may take a little while for Audible to get around to emailing your gift code to you. If you don't see it, be sure to check your spam filters!
 
2014-06-06 08:34:03 PM  
Hey, Cyclometh, did you see that Barnes and Noble is no longer supporting audiobooks through their online store? They sent out notices last week advising people to download their library now, because they're closing the BN audiobooks shop. What's that about?
 
2014-06-06 08:36:41 PM  

Satan's Chocolate Starfish: Hey, Cyclometh, did you see that Barnes and Noble is no longer supporting audiobooks through their online store? They sent out notices last week advising people to download their library now, because they're closing the BN audiobooks shop. What's that about?


B&N was doing their audiobooks through Overdrive, a good enough service, but it was confusing to customers. I read yesterday (don't recall where) that Barnes and Noble did say they'll be re-entering the audiobook market with their own platform, but I don't know when or how much credence to put in it.

They'd be foolish to get out of audiobooks completely though. The market's exploding- more than twice as many made in 2013 as in 2012, and the rate is only going up.

For now, though- definitely get your audio books off of B&N so you can have them when they close their current service.
 
2014-06-06 08:37:21 PM  
Thanks I will send you an email later. Which book was your favorite?
 
2014-06-06 08:37:22 PM  
Already given out a few! I hope those who got them enjoy them. :)
 
2014-06-06 08:40:04 PM  

NickelP: Thanks I will send you an email later. Which book was your favorite?


Excellent! If you mean of the ones I'm giving away, I'd have to say either  Heart of a Dragon or maybe  My Soul to Keep. I really enjoy doing the DeChance books because I'm usually narrating nonfiction (which is great, but I love SF and fantasy personally).  Heart of a Dragon was my first book, so it's got a special place in my heart (no pun intended). I've improved since it was published, but I think it's still pretty good.

As to the other titles that I'm not able to give away, I'd have to say  Thunder Below! was probably the most fun to narrate. I got to make all kinds of noises and scream DIVE! DIVE! and re-create the atmosphere of a WWII submarine. It was like being in a movie (I even had to say "aaa-OOOH-GAH!").
 
2014-06-06 08:40:42 PM  
Keeping my petals crossed
 
2014-06-06 08:42:12 PM  

Purelilac: Keeping my petals crossed


Confirming I sent it, it's showing in my account. Typically it seems to take a while- up to an hour or two, I've noticed- for Audible to send the email.
 
2014-06-06 08:43:13 PM  
Overdrive is horrid. I gave up on BN because of it. I buy from iTunes now. Just finished A Discovery of Witches, which was narrated by a really talented woman.

Thanks for the offer of a free book, but none of them are my style of read. I will take a look at your other works to see if there's anything I'd like to buy.
 
2014-06-06 08:43:57 PM  

Cyclometh: Purelilac: Keeping my petals crossed

Confirming I sent it, it's showing in my account. Typically it seems to take a while- up to an hour or two, I've noticed- for Audible to send the email.


Yay! Thank you!
 
2014-06-06 08:49:13 PM  

Satan's Chocolate Starfish: Overdrive is horrid. I gave up on BN because of it. I buy from iTunes now. Just finished A Discovery of Witches, which was narrated by a really talented woman.

Thanks for the offer of a free book, but none of them are my style of read. I will take a look at your other works to see if there's anything I'd like to buy.


Understood! :)
 
2014-06-06 09:21:14 PM  
Narrate this.

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2014-06-06 09:23:38 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Narrate this.

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Oh, I just wish. :D

It's been narrated by the incredibly talented Simon Vance:  http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/The-Tao-of-Pooh-Audiobook/B006WR E 30S/ (he's amazing).
 
2014-06-06 10:28:54 PM  
I've gotten a couple of messages from Audible saying that the ones I've sent out will be delivered by tomorrow. I apologize for the delay, but sadly I can't make Audible go any faster. :)
 
2014-06-06 10:29:57 PM  
I got mine. Thanks!
 
2014-06-06 10:30:48 PM  

mrswood: I got mine. Thanks!


Hooray! I guess that it means that it's June 7 somewhere. Maybe Audible's servers use UTC or something. Glad you got your copy. :)
 
2014-06-06 10:52:26 PM  
I've got plenty of books to give away, so if you're at all interested in audiobooks this is a great opportunity to see what they're all about!
 
2014-06-07 02:04:45 AM  
Just got mine, thank you!
 
2014-06-07 02:14:07 AM  

Big Merl: Just got mine, thank you!


Enjoy, and thanks! :)
 
2014-06-07 05:56:23 AM  
How generous!! I LOVE Audible and am a huge fan of audio books in general. Takes tremendous talent to narrate these - many kudos from a mere writer. :-)
 
2014-06-07 07:41:47 AM  
How does someone become an audiobook narrator?  Home setup?  Close to studio in city?  Which contacts do you need?  I used to do radio and have been poking around for a side job...
 
2014-06-07 01:08:10 PM  

ShutYerBeak: How generous!! I LOVE Audible and am a huge fan of audio books in general. Takes tremendous talent to narrate these - many kudos from a mere writer. :-)


Very kind of you to say, thank you. I hope you enjoy the book!
 
2014-06-07 01:15:02 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: How does someone become an audiobook narrator?  Home setup?  Close to studio in city?  Which contacts do you need?  I used to do radio and have been poking around for a side job...


In my case, I was a software developer for close to 25 years when I burned out. Flamed out might be a better way to describe it (it wasn't pretty).

When I was younger I'd wanted to be a DJ or radio personality, so I started working on doing commercials and such, but that's an extremely competitive and cutthroat business. I wasn't seeing much success there, when I stumbled into audiobooks through a fellow VO who is also a narrator. Turned out I had the relatively rare combination of the skill and the will. Audiobooks are  hard, because they're so long. If commercials are a sprint, audiobooks are a marathon, and the community of long-term narrators is fairly small because it really is a difficult job. But it's incredibly rewarding if you like it, which thankfully I do.

Some narrators work in big studios in New York, LA or Newark, but in my case I work from a home studio. I have a little office in my basement that's quiet and I've treated acoustically. Always working on improving it, but it works well enough for close to 50 books so far! :)

As to contacts, that's hard to say. If you're serious, I would start with some training or coaching. Pat Fraley offers some well-regarded coaching for audiobook narrators and new narrators. Alternatively you can set up some gear and record part of a book you like, then listen to it and see what you think. Share it with friends and ask for honest feedback, then iterate. Check out Librivox.org, which records free public-domain works as audiobooks. Anyone can record for them if they have basic gear, and it's a great way to get your feet wet and learn what it actually takes to do a long book.
 
2014-06-07 01:43:31 PM  

Cyclometh: As to contacts, that's hard to say. If you're serious, I would start with some training or coaching. Pat Fraley offers some well-regarded coaching for audiobook narrators and new narrators.


Ah, I was going to ask if they were worthwhile.  We sometimes have a group show up in Richmond and does lectures and activities for something like $300 for the day.
 
2014-06-07 01:48:51 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Ah, I was going to ask if they were worthwhile.  We sometimes have a group show up in Richmond and does lectures and activities for something like $300 for the day.


Do a little research. That's a typical price, but the quality of these programs runs the gamut. Here's a tip that serves as a great litmus test: If the description of the session includes the production of a demo reel, it's almost certainly not worth your time or money. Many people prey on the earnest newbies who love being told they're going to be the next Scott Brick or Simon Vance, but in point of fact, you're not ready to make a demo until you *know* you're ready to make one (tautological, but true). That's something that you and your coach should decide. Don't go to a "master class" that charges huge bucks and promises a professionally produced demo reel at the end of it because you a) won't get much actual training out of it, and b) whatever they give you will either not reflect your abilities or will just suck.

Some names with good reputations: Pat Fraley, Paul Reuben, Scott Brick (he does stuff with Pat Fraley sometimes). You can also get one on one coaching. Depending on where you are there are probably VOs or narrators who can point you to the reputable locals who will work with you as a coach.
 
2014-06-07 01:49:57 PM  
Still got plenty of copies to give away, so if you're interested, let me know! :)
 
2014-06-07 10:05:43 PM  
I have an interest in reading Thunder Blow; because World War 2 and junk. My main concern is: Is it a snooze fest?
 
2014-06-07 10:07:02 PM  

iheartscotch: I have an interest in reading Thunder Blow; because World War 2 and junk. My main concern is: Is it a snooze fest?


Damn auto correct to hell !

Ment "Thunder Below"
 
2014-06-07 10:55:52 PM  

iheartscotch: iheartscotch: I have an interest in reading Thunder Blow; because World War 2 and junk. My main concern is: Is it a snooze fest?

Damn auto correct to hell !

Ment "Thunder Below"


It's absolutely not a snooze fest. :) it's actually a very biographical account in a very authentic voice (meaning the author's voice, not mine).

It has little technical details but a lot of personal anecdotes, and was a lot of fun to narrate.
 
2014-06-07 10:56:49 PM  

iheartscotch: I have an interest in reading Thunder Blow; because World War 2 and junk. My main concern is: Is it a snooze fest?


I should add that sadly that's not one of the titles I'm able to give away at the moment.
 
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