I just finished recording the audio version of my short story “The Wise Ones,” from A Consternation of Monsters. Unlike most of my audio efforts, this was a particularly annoying recording session because my stomach refused to stop gurgling throughout it.
I’m certain a gurgle or two will try to sneak through into the final version, but hopefully most will be excised in the upcoming editing process.
This audio version of “The Wise Ones” is not, however, for the Consternation of Monsters Podcast, though an excerpt from it may be used there yet. Instead, I’m recording and in many cases re-recording straight up, big boy, audio book versions of all of the stories from Consternation for a forthcoming audio book project.
Thus far, I’ve recorded “The Hocco Makes the Echo,” “Nigh,” “Old Country,” “…to a Flame,” “Wolves Among Stones at Dusk,” “The Ones That Aren’t Crows,” “The Wise Ones,” and “Limited Edition.” The two that remain are the longer stories “The King’s Last Nacho” and “Puppet Legacy.” After they’re in the can, I can start in on the editing and mastering of the whole project.
These are not the radio drama/audio book hybrid adaptations I’ve done with the podcast. (Love them, though I do.) Instead, they’re standard audio-book narration for the forthcoming, first quarter 2016 (um, er… 2017) audio book version of A Consternation of Monsters, to appear on Audible.com and iTunes. I figured with my recent toe-dip into the realm of audio book narration, why the heck should I not do my own audio book? And, gurgles be damned, I’m having a blast doing it.
And speaking of my inaugural sojourn into audio book narration, The Black Star of Kingston is now on sale at Audible.com, iTunes, and at the publisher’s website, StoryWarren.net. If you have young folks in your life, or just a two-hour car ride ahead of you, it’s a good `un, if I do say so, thanks to the story and characters provided by Sam Smith. The characters and story were already there, I just tried to do vocal justice to them.