Beyond the Shattered Mirror – Audiobook Edition

Now in Audiobook narrated by Jim D Johnston.

A short collection of dark poetry about the horrors of war, political folly, nature, the vagaries of life and twisted introspection.

Audio https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Shattered-Mirror-Poetry-Collection/dp/B0BFRZG457/

Amazon audio https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Shattered-Mirror-Poetry-Collection/dp/B0BFRW2YNK/

Audible.Com

Audible.co.uk

Summertime Blues #Audiobook Event 7-9th July #Giveaway

A select group of authors has joined forces with me

To bring you amazing stories, beautifully narrated.

Looking for your new favorite story? 

Come listen to our audiobooks 

And join us as a GOING guest for a chance to win it:

https://www.facebook.com/events/3226923984292472

N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Celebrate Audiobook Month

Are you an audiobook addict? June is audiobook month and there’s a huge event going on at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Celebrate Audiobook Month. 31 audiobooks featured plus a chance to win a $75 Amazon US or CA gift card.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My audiobook, The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, will be featured on 7th June. Wait until you listen to my audiobook clip. My narrator nails the characters and I’m so proud of it. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

Bookmark this festival and tell your friends:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/celebrate-audiobook-month

Home for the Holidays – Audiobook Event

Check out this awesome Facebook Event – Home for the Holidays – and the chance to win a fantastic audiobook starting on 19th November 2021. Sign up here and take part https://www.facebook.com/events/395867058678198/

A select group of authors joined forces with me to bring you amazing audiobooks narrated by great voice actors. Here’s what you can win as a GOING guest: http://uviart.blogspot.com/2021/10/home-for-holidays.html

Celebrate #Audiobook Month and Giveaway

NN Light Book Heaven presents #Audiobook Month

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/celebrate-audiobook-month

Check out audiobooks from the authors listed.

June Schedule –

Note: Date is for Eastern Standard Timezone (East Coast US/Canada)

1- Karen Michelle Nutt (Collided)

2- Jo A. Hiestand (Unfolding), Zola Blue (Four)

3- Willa Blair (Rose)

4- Mark Rosendorf, Aubrey Wynne (Earl)

7- Mona Sedrak (Gravity)

8- Tena Stetler (Hidden), Jane Lewis (Flyer)

9- Lucinda Race (Blends)

10- Veronica Blake, Laura M. Baird

11- Judith Sterling, Becky Villareal

14- Virginia Barlow, N. Jade Gray (Raider)

15- Jo A Hiestand (Known)

16- Karen Michelle Nutt (End), A.L. Butcher

17- Dalia Dupris

18- Jana Richards, Zola Blue (Bound)

21- Lucinda Race (Breathe)

22- Helen C. Johannes, Pamela S. Thibodeaux

23- Tena Stetler (Chocolate), Cecilia Corona

24- Jane Lewis (Wylder), N. Jade Gray (Cowboy)

25- Jo A. Hiestand (Unwilling), Aubrey Wynne (Dante)

28- Karen Michelle Nutt (Heart)

29- Mona Sedrak (Six)

30- Willa Blair (HHH)

Giveaway Information 

One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

One lucky reader will win a $15 Amazon Gift Card

One lucky reader will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Direct Link:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db7750113

Open internationally

Runs June 1 – June 30.

Drawing will be held on July 1.

Review – Farenheit 451 – audio edition

https://amzn.to/3pVh0HT

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future, narrated here by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family”. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

Farenheit 451 is one of the classic dystopian sci-fi books, and with good reason. It’s awesome. It’s dark, but there is hope. The audiobook is narrated by Tim Robbins and from the start he draws the listener in. The action is fast-paced, does not hold back with the darkness and violence but yet Robbins holds the listener. 

It’s rather reminiscent of Orwell, but with more hope. The story builds – from Montag’s meeting of the young Clarisse and her questioning of the world, to the mundanity of a life he has never questioned. There is fear, from a terrifying cyborg dog which hunts down criminals to the burning of people as well as books. The Fireman captain is a fascinating character – he recites lines from books and he is obviously intelligent yet he burns the knowledge contained in the books, and tries to warn Montag of the dangerous path he’s on. He’s cynical, but methodical. He is not wicked, as such, he doesn’t take joy in what he does but he also doesn’t care about the lives and the books he destroys.

The final part is action-filled, paced and desperate, and the ending was actually a surprise to me. There is a lot of death, but there is also hope, and the continuity of knowledge. 

Bradbury was ahead of his time with this – the almost slavish reliance of TV/media,  the cyborg dog and (it could be argued) the turning away from books and knowledge. The characters are well written and the prose keeps the reader/listener engaged. I listened to this in one sitting and I could easily find myself engrossed in the book. 

5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Forest – Audio Edition

The Last Forest is now available in Audio format, narrated by Lesley Dessalles.

When humans come to fell the last forest, they are in for a nasty surprise.

A short dark fantasy tale of the wrath of nature.

Last Forest – Audible.Com

Last Forest – Audible.Co.UK

Last Forest – Audible.Fr

Last Forest – Audible.de

Narrator Interview – Lesley Dessalles

*Name: Lesley Dessalles

*Tell us a bit about yourself:

How did you become involved with audiobook narration and production? That is a long story…but I have an Actor friend who has always said I should use my voice, eventually I reached a time in my life when I could investigate that option. I approached a voice artist local to me, Andy Turvey who is somewhat of a guru and whose advice I have valued and continue to appreciate. Audible told me to contact ACX and here I am, just over 18 months later, 16 books through ACX and various voiceover jobs completed.

Tell us about some of the titles you’ve narrated. Do you have a favourite amongst these? Titles have varied from Thrillers, the paranormal, Ghost stories, the story of Joan of Arc, and Children’s books.

Do you have a preferred genre?  Do you have a genre you do not produce? Why is this? I seem to work on a number of Ghost stories. I am not sure why. My first commission was Veiled by Kat Green, which was pretty gruesome.  I have now completed 3 books for Kat and numerous other ghost stories, including a phantom caper in Las Vegas, the sad tale of a Mistletoe Bride, and of course The story of Blossom Rise.

If you could meet anyone from history or literature for dinner who would it be and what would you eat? I think it would have to be Joan of Arc, having narrated a book about her life. I have had connection with France for over thirty years, I would be interested to see what she would have eaten with the Men that supported her quest, although not in battle when she simply had bread and wine, to see if there are dishes that are still recognised on a French menu today. I expect so!

What are you working on at present/just finished? I have just completed a children’s book and I am about to work on a new genre for me, it feels very like a ‘chick flick’, in style.

*Tell us about your process for narrating?  (Be as elaborate as you like.) First thing, is to read the book carefully and think about the tone and the accents of the characters. I like to know the author’s take on characters too. It is important that the author recognises their work! I then work through chapter by chapter, usually working with the author to ensure that they are happy every step of the way.

What aspects do you find most enjoyable? I enjoy finding the voices and accents for each character. It is not always easy, and if it is a long book I make sure I know in which chapter the characters appear, so that I can ensure the voice is right later on in the book.

What do you find least enjoyable? The editing side. The ironing out the lumps and bumps within the sound file. I don’t think listeners necessarily appreciate how long this takes for a humble narrator in their own studio or sound booth. They are used to seeing clips of famous actors in a studio with a sound engineer on the other side of the glass who will ultimately edit and clean the files.

Do you consider royalty share when looking for books to narrate? If not why is this? Do you think this a fair split for your time? It is a good way for a beginner to gain experience. I am hoping that one day I get to have a sound engineer on the other side of the glass!

Why do you think audiobooks are becoming so popular? My friend, who has been shielding over Lockdown says that audiobooks stop her feeling lonely. I guess, in our busy lives, audiobooks can be absorbed whilst doing something else such as driving or exercising.

Do you prefer a spoken book, or reading? For you how do they differ? Reading, every time I am afraid!

Can you remember the first audiobook you owned? To Kill a Mocking Bird, Narrated by Sissy Spacek, she is perfect.

If you are an author, do you produce your own audiobooks or do you prefer to look for an independent narrator? Why have you made this choice? Maybe I’ll write something one day…

What is the best piece of advice you’ve had? I was told to be persistent and patient.

If you could narrate any book you wanted which would it be and why? A book that went on to be an unexpected bestseller would be nice…especially if I was able to narrate it with a sound engineer behind the glass!

Please tell us a silly fact about yourself. I sneeze when I eat mints and good quality chocolate! I am the same height as Dolly Parton!

Where can we learn more about you?

Social Media links:https://www.facebook.com/LezDezVoice/

Facebook Lesley Dessalles – Voice

Lesley has narrated the Secret of Blossom Rise

Audible.Com

Amazon.com audio https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Blossom-Rise-Ghost-Story/dp/B08CNCBNJC/

Audible UK

Amazon UK audio https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Blossom-Rise-Ghost-Story/dp/B08CNF6KJP/

Audible France

Audible Germany

Stolen Tower – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book III – Audio Edition

What stalks the land cannot be but is.

Where magic is outlawed a troll Shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra vows to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails, there will be no tribe to lead.

Amazon US Audio https://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Tower-Light-Beyond-Chronicles/dp/B08K4G75VB/

Amz UK audio https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08K3SDVBS/

Audible.com https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Stolen-Tower-Audiobook/B08K3SQFCB

Audible.co.uk https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Stolen-Tower-Audiobook/B08K3RND8F

Celebrate Audiobook Month 5th-29th June – NN Light’s Book Heaven – Cross Promo

Are you an audiobook addict? June is audiobook month and there’s a huge event going on at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Celebrate Audiobook Month. 41 audiobooks featured plus a chance to win one of the following:

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My audiobook, Echoes of a Song, will be featured on 16th June. Wait until you listen to my audiobook clip. My narrator nails the characters and I’m so proud of it. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

Bookmark this festival and tell your friends:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/bookpromos/categories/celebrate-audiobook-month

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

 

Celebrate Audiobook Month Giveaway

June Schedule –

Note: Date is for Eastern Standard Timezone (East Coast US/Canada)

 Authors involved are

5- Mona Sedrak, Helen C. Johannes

6- Becky Villareal

7- (none)

8- Pamela S. Thibodeaux (Hearts), Ilona Fridl

9- Kayla Krantz, Ashley Capes

10- Gini Rifkin (Delivery), Barbara Whitaker

11- Marie Tuhart (Passionate), Kimberly Beckett (Dressage)

12- Lyn Cote, D.E. Haggerty

13- Kat Green (Second), Charlotte O’Shay

14- Karen Michelle Nutt (Lost)

15- Pamela S. Thibodeaux (Dreams)

16- Joe Hiestand, A.L. Butcher

17- Judith Sterling (Cauldron)

18- Gini Rifkin (Cowboy)

19- Kimberly Beckett (Racing), Amanda Uhl

20- Lin Wilder, Elsie Davis

21- Donna Simonetta

22- Karilyn Bentley

23- Pamela S. Thibodeaux (Fire), Daniel Greene

24- Kat Green (First), Kathryn Knight

25- Susan McCormick, M.L. Erdahl, Charlotte Stuart

26- Mary Morgan, Karen Michelle Nutt (Magic)

27- Kimberly Beckett (Lionel)

28- Marie Tuhart (Red Club)

29- Judith Sterling (Stone)

30- (none)

Giveaway Information –

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775060

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

 Open internationally

 

Runs June 5 – June 30.

 

Drawing will be held on July 1.

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