The Podcast for People who love Audiobooks
In the past few years, I've recorded over a hundred Audiobooks.
I thought it would be great to talk to some of the authors whose books I've narrated, to find out what they thought about the whole process.
We talk about characters, voices, accents, the writing process, the recording process, in fact, all things audiobook related. As well as some things not!
If you're a fan of audiobooks and want to find out a bit more about how it all works, then this podcast is for you.
“The life of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. But at least there are audiobooks.”
*He didn't actually say the last bit. Obvs. And I should know.
I recorded Leviathan.
Every. Last. Word.
TALKING BOOKS 1 - MIKE HOLLOW - THE BLITZ DETECTIVE
Mike talks about the inspiration behind his best selling crime series set in London during the Blitz. We chat about his characters, the war, his process, his love of West Ham and his dislike of anachronisms!
TALKING BOOKS 2 - SUSI HOLLIDAY - THE DEATHS OF DECEMBER
Susi talks about her hugely popular novel (reissued in time for Christmas!) and gives us an insight into her writing process as she attempts to meet the deadline for the sequel she's currently writing!
TALKING BOOKS 3 - DAMIEN BOYD - THE DI NICK DIXON CRIME SERIES
In this podcast we go out into the big wide world and explore the Somerset Levels where a number of Damien's novels are set. We chat all things Nick Dixon and end with a well-earned pint in a local pub!
TALKING BOOKS 4 - ALICE CAVANAGH - THE HOUSE THAT MADE US
Alice has written 26 books under her previous pen names but in this podcast we focus on her forthcoming novel; a wonderful family saga that brought a tear to my eye while I was recording it.
TALKING BOOKS 5 - LOUISE VOSS - THE BLISSFULLY DEAD, THE LAST STAGE
Where it all started for me. I talk to talented author and my good friend Louise Voss, who kindly persuaded her audiobook publishers to use me to record The Blissfully Dead back in 2015.
TALKING BOOKS 6 - MARK EDWARDS - THE LUCKY ONES, THE RETREAT, THE BLISSFULLY DEAD
Mark talks about his journey to becoming a bestselling author, his writing process, the importance of marketing and how to speak like a modern teen. Bruv/Mate/Innit. Oh and there's some karaoke too.
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TALKING BOOKS 7 - STEVE McHUGH - HELLEQUIN CHRONICLES
Hugely successful Urban Fantasy author Steve talks about his writing journey and what drew him to fantasy fiction. He talks about favourite characters, connecting with some of his author heroes and his latest novel, Blessed Odds.
TALKING BOOKS 8 - CATHERINE THOMPSON - AUDIO MANAGER ISIS AUDIO
This week I get back in my car and travel to Oxford, home of Isis Audio, to chat with Catherine, head of all things audiobook related and the lovely lady who gives me work. We take a behind the scenes look at the birth of an audiobook and meet 'Barry' the most in demand narrator working today.
TALKING BOOKS 9 - T. A. WILLIAMS - ARMSTRONG AND OSCAR COZY MURDER MYSTERIES
Author TA Williams talks about his bestselling 'Cozy Murder Mystery' series set in Tuscany, featuring ex Met Police Detective Dan Armstrong and his faithful labrador, Oscar.
Everyone's a Critic
Some reviews on Audible
The Pimlico Murder - FrancesH
I really enjoy these books and especially the performance; an incredible range of voices create a picture better than any UHD TV.
Blackout - Louise C
Thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the characters were excellent. I loved the narrator he made the story interesting and the tension built all the way through.
Dying Inside - Anonymous
Good storyline I enjoyed it. Narration was brilliant.
The Lucky Ones - Robert
It's a hard to stop listening as you are pulled into this excellent thriller, and to to add to this you have wonderful narration from the brilliant Simon Mattacks.
Thanks Julie Lennox on Audible!
Gripping from start to finish. Simon Mattacks is one of my favourite narrators and didn’t disappoint.
But. You can't please everyone ....
I was very disappointed to find that the Narrator had been swapped !! after listening to the first 5 books this one was just not the same Nat has lost all of his wit and sarcastic personality.
Ps I do like Simon Mattacks very much but he just didn’t capture Nat’s personality.
"When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes."