This week's commercial note: The audiobook contest for a free copy of FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS, A FAREWELL TO LEGS or AS DOG IS MY WITNESS from Books In Motion ends this Friday, so get your entry in now (here's how). And on to business:
Last week, I began an interview with Damon Abdallah, the terrific actor who reads the Aaron Tucker novels for the new Books In Motion audiobook editions (more on that later). But Damon's insights into how audiobooks are recorded and his process as an actor was too fascinating to cut down for one week's post, so here's part 2 of the interview:
Jeff Cohen: How do you get "assigned" a book? Is there an audition process, or does the audio publisher simply call and make the offer?
Sometimes I need a younger, hipper voice, sort of like for your books, and sometimes I need an older, grizzled guy for the main character in a hard boiled mystery or such.----so most of it just comes down to casting, the way you would cast a play or movie. Except in our business, you can look like Steve Buscemi in Con Air, and still play Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy. In fact, just last week I told Damon that he definitely has a face for radio. Now that I think of it, I haven't heard from him since then. Hmm. Just kidding, he's a great guy and funny as heck. We spend much studio time in stitches when we should be laying audio.
Now, most of the above applies to readers that have their own studios and work remotely.