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MY YEAR IN AUDIOS 2022

BACK TO THE FUTURE

I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be if I could retain all the information I read about when I am recording a book. Early in the year I recorded Cathy Senker’s KINGS AND QUEENS OF BRITAIN and later The Repair Shop’s Dominic Chinea’s fascinating HISTORY OF TOOLS. But ask me now who preceded Alfred the Great or what a spud wrench is, I’d not be able to tell you. When Dominic was writing about “his favourite vice’, he meant his favourite workbench vice!
Economist Hamish McRae’s THE WORLD IN 2050 is a fascinating book predicting the future especially (but not exclusively) from an economic point of view. Will his predictions come true? I won’t be around to tell you but I did enjoy recording this book.

NORMAN CONQUEST

I remember so well the scandal of the Liberal “poster boy” Jeremy Thorpe where he hired a hitman to kill Norman Scott with whom he’d had an affair. The trials were such a disgrace because the Establishment rallied around Thorpe, and Norman Scott, although the victim in the affair, was humiliated in the courts and in the Press. At last Norman, who has survived all the main players in the sage, has written his electrifying account. I was thrilled to tell his story and also to meet the man himself. The book is called  appropriately AN ACCIDENTAL ICON.

SIX OF THE BEST – PLUS ONE

I have recorded around 15 of Kate Ellis’ books, mostly her series about Wesley Peterson. I recorded yet another earlier in the year but was surprised and delighted to discover that there were six titles I’d not recorded in the series. I was thrilled to recorded those six more or less back-to-back. Kate’s plots are fiendishly clever and they are a joy to record – such rich and real characters. Recording these books kept me busy throughout November What a smashing job that was.

MOVED TO TEARS

I can get so involved recording books that I get a lump in my throat and occasionally have to stop recording. I have recorded two previous books by the heart surgeon Stephen Westerby. His lates THE TRAUMA CHRONICLES is as moving as the previous two. His description of the various operations is graphic and not for the faint hearted but  how fascinating and very moving these books are. Tim Leach’s novel THE IRON WAY, set in the second century AD, I also found very moving. It’s the second in his Sarmation Trilogy. The first A WINTER WAR, I also recorded. But the two books I have recorded this past year that had the most ‘wiping away a tear’ moments were INTERLUDE by Rupert Smith (recorded with Hollie Hayes) about hidden love set between the two World Wars. And finally one of the greatest books ever written in the English language: THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE that many regard as Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece. What a privilege it was to record this classic novel of power and passion. 

 

WORKSHOPS

Audiobook narration workshop series – More dates added!

After the success of our trial Audiobook Workshops and due to popular demand, we’re pleased to announce more sessions. These will be in early 2023. I’ll post details when I know them.

Led by award winning narrator Gordon Griffin, each workshop offers 6 participants the opportunity to spend a day immersed in the audiobook process. Gordon is one of the most prolific audiobook narrators in the world, with over 900 recordings to his credit. In 2017 he received an MBE from the Queen in the Birthday Honours List for his audiobook work. He is among ID AUDIO’s most prized narrators. 

The workshops take place at the our studio in Queen’s Park and include: 

– Detailed instruction from Gordon on both the audiobook industry and how to narrate an award winning audiobook. 

– Tour of the studio and insight into the production process by an ID Audio producer

– Script preparation workshop

– The opportunity to get behind the mic and receive notes from Gordon.

– Complimentary teas, coffees and snacks throughout the day

Participants will leave with a professional standard audiobook sample to submit to castings and voice agents and these will also go into ID AUDIO’s casting database for consideration in future projects. 

To find out more and register your interest please click here. We will be in touch to confirm your place in one of our upcoming workshops. If you are unable to make any of the scheduled dates please tick ‘Other’ in the relevant box so we can contact you when further workshops are programmed. 

Course fee: £170 

 

Here’s what our recent workshop participants say:

Spent a fabulous immersive day on the art of narration & audiobooks with the legend @GordonGriffin MBE at @id_audio studios. Thanks also to producer Alex & to all the other participants! I learnt so much!  Highly recommended.

Jumoke

This workshop was superb! I would highly recommend anyone interested in the art of making audio books to look out for the next one and go for it!

April

Had fantastic day at  @id_audio in the company of legend that is @GordonGriffin for the 1st workshop. Insightful and inspiring. Alex Rayment too. And 4 brill actors. What could be better.

Olivia

Thank you to each and every beautiful person I met, learnt from & connected with today. It was a fantastic, magical day.

Ella