As audio enthusiasts we often wonder about routine decisions made by production companies. How are audiobooks and narrators chosen? What are the considerations when matching a narrator to a particular book? Do they take listeners’ requests seriously? What is a general production schedule? Why is notification of upcoming releases often such a mystery?
Over the next few months, Speaking of Audiobooks will feature a number of columns to address those questions and more. First in line is Tantor today, followed by Harlequin and Audible in May, Penguin in July, and a Narrators’ Forum in August. There’s more to follow in the fall but we’ll get to that later. Right now, it’s time to talk about the most exciting news of the day.
Slave to Sensation Giveaway and Group Listen
If you’ve been hanging around Speaking of Audiobooks lately, you know we’re excited about Tantor’s decision to release all ten of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling Series (over a period of 4-5 months) starting with the release of the first the series, Slave to Sensation, on April 25th. In our last column, we announced that Slave to Sensation is our next Group Listen (see more details below) and to celebrate it all, we’re giving away ten audiobook copies of Slave to Sensation courtesy of Tantor.
Place your name in the hat by commenting on this column by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, April 22nd. Due to the cost of postage, the giveaway is open only to listeners in the U.S. and Canada. We encourage multiple comments, but you will only be entered in the contest once. If you review for another Web site or blog, please refrain from entering. The winners will be notified by email on Saturday morning and will have 24 hours to respond. Another winner will be selected on Sunday morning if a winner has not responded. Audiobooks will be mailed to winners on Slave to Sensation’s release date.
Moving on to our narrator discussion, I’ll start by explaining that it includes two segments and both focus on the process of choosing a narrator. The first is an interview with Karen White about the narrator’s side of the process, as well as insights into the audio industry in general. The second segment features a look from the production side as Tantor comments on their efforts to select the right narrator.