Monthly Archives: October 2012

Guest Post: In Praise of the Professional Audio Book Narrator

This week, I have the pleasure to have a guest post about Audiobook Narration by the incomparable Jojo Jensen. A professional voice talent with seventeen years of experience in the field, Jojo is also a published authors and skilled editor and so has a unique insight into the skills that make a good audiobook narrator. To better understand how a good narrator can take a mediocre book and make it great, and how a bad one can take a great book and make it awful, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Voyagers, Ben Bova (TOR, 1981 {Blackstone Audio, Narrators: Stefan Rudnicki})

Voyagers by Ben Bova is an alien contact book set in the early-to-mid 1980’s that is somewhat spoiled by the sexist nature of much of the text. ‘Tis a pity as that it had great potential. For a full review see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Dauntless, The Lost Fleet Book 1, Jack Campbell (aka John G. Hemry) (Ace Publishers, 2006)

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is the first of six volumes in Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series. It is a straight Space Naval Military Science Fiction book that will appeal to those interested in space combat and issues of command, control and communications, but uses many archetypes and has background plot holes that strained my disbelief. For more information, please go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Planet of Exile, Book 4 in the Hainish Cycle, Ursula K. LeGuin (Ace Double, 1966 {Blackstone Audio, Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie and Steven Hove})

Planet of Exile by Ursula K. LeGuin is the stand alone fourth book in her wonderful Hainish Cycle. The flow of language in this novel is wonderful and adds to the story, which is one of her most tense and gripping. I highly recommend this to any reader, even if they may not like Science Fiction as a whole. For a more in depth review see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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