Audiobook Experiences

Today I had the great privilege to spend the afternoon with my good friends Elliot and Jamie as we recorded the majority of the audio version of Oranges and Lemons, the short story I wrote last autumn and released on Kindle (project page here)

Oranges and Lemons recording session

We got nearly the entirety of the story down, with a few things left to pick up but that should be no problem when we recommence for a second session.

I’ve collaborated with Elliot and Jamie before on an audiobook of the three readied chapters of The Last of the Steamers which you can find embedded on its project page; it was certainly different to work with them on a short story that was totally different to Steamers; there were numerous comments made about the improvements in the concise nature of my writing and certainly a lot of fun was had giving each of the characters a good voice.

As a writer, it’s always a ton of fun to see one’s writing really come to life as even something like an audio reading can do. Oranges and Lemons is a dark story but numerous times it was described as “captivating” by Elliot who read it; he actually hadn’t read the ending and will be doing so extremely shortly now he’s gotten into it!

As a team, we’ve now pretty much nailed down a workflow that works for us – I’d hazard to guess that Jamie will explain more in a future blog post.

I’ll be making the Oranges and Lemons audiobook available for free once it’s completed and put together. Jamie did a grand job producing the previous one and I look forward to recording more auditory versions of my writing with the guys in the future.

Next up? Quigley Hubb!

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