Episode 43: Jocqueline Protho

February 10, 2019

Tonight I'm joined by the founder of the audiobook production company The Audio Flow, Jocqueline Protho!

Joc and I discuss how she became an audiobook fanatic as soon as she listened to her first audiobook -- which won the Audie for erotica in 2016 -- and the audiobook-centric podcasts that she started producing shortly thereafter. Joc also talks about how she came to found an audiobook production company, The Audio Flow, and her plans for the company going forward. All this over a Chelsea Sidecar and a Speakeasy, the non-alcoholic drink that Joc came up with in honor of her visit!

You can find Joc at http://www.theaudioflow.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @theaudioflow, and via email at jocquelinep@theaudioflow.com


Episode 42: Josh Horowitz and Maximilian Gray

January 27, 2019

Tonight I'm joined by narrator Josh Horowitz and author Maximilian Gray to discuss their experience working together to create an audiobook.

Josh and Max knew each other back in high school. When Max finished his novel, Alvin Baylor Lives!, he contacted Josh about narrating the audiobook. We discuss why Max chose to have more of a radio drama feel to the audiobook, how and why Josh approached this book a little differently than he's approached other audiobook narration projects, and how they collaborated during the process. All this over a Wyder's Pear Cider, a Kentucky Mule, and a Gin and Sin!

You can find Josh at http://joshhorowitz.com, and on Twitter at @uclafalcon.

You can find Max at https://maximiliangray.com.

Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by The Audiobook Reviewer. https://audiobookreviewer.com.  


Episode 41: Anneliese Rennie

January 13, 2019

My guest tonight in the Speakeasy is audiobook narrator and founder of Spectrum Audiobooks Anneliese Rennie!

Anneliese talks about her experiences on stage and behind the scenes in the opera world, her transition to computer programming and providing content to sports networks, and how she finally found the audiobook industry. We also discuss the importance of high-quality coaching, and how she came to found Spectrum Audiobooks. All this over a boilermaker and a ginger-infused martini!

You can find Anneliese on Twitter at @arreadsbooks, and Spectrum Audiobooks at https://spectrumaudiobooks.com.

Tonight's episode is brought to you by The Audiobook Reviewer: https://audiobookreviewer.com.


Episode 40: Happy Thanksmas!

December 23, 2018

Tonight's episode is a bit different. Just me and you! A chance for me to express my gratitude to my guests, my patrons, and most importantly, my listeners. I'm having a Scofflaw, I hope you'll join me. Cheers!


Episode 39: Robin Miles

December 9, 2018

My guest tonight in the Speakeasy is Audie and Earphone award-winning producer, director, and narrator Robin Miles!

Robin and I talk about her theatrical training at Yale, and how she got into audiobook narration. Robin also describes the frustrating experience of contracting an autoimmune disease that went undiagnosed for over two years, and that changed the direction of her career. All this over some French hard cider and some 18-year-old single malt Scotch!

You can find Robin online at http://www.voxpertise.com, and on Twitter at @rmilesvox. 


Episode 38: Paul Alan Ruben

November 4, 2018

Tonight's guest in the Speakeasy is author, audiobook director, and narration coach Paul Alan Ruben!

Fresh from his recent appearance as a presenter at Johnny Heller's New England Narrator Retreat, Paul and I discuss his theatrical roots and how he went from performer to director and on to audiobook director, as well as his latest creative endeavor, his new book "Terms Of Engagement." Paul also talks about how a "nice voice" can work against a narrator, and shares a wealth of information about connecting with listeners. All this over a tiny glass of wine and a Tom Collins!

You can find Paul online at http://www.tribecaaudio.com and http://www.paulalanruben.com, and you can find him on Twitter at @paul_alan_ruben.

Tonight's episode of The Audiobook Speakeasy is brought to you by https://audiobookreviewer.com and https://audiobookwormpromotions.com


Episode 37: Robin Whitten

October 28, 2018

My guest in the Speakeasy tonight is the founder and editor of Audiofile Magazine, Robin Whitten!

Robin describes how she started Audiofile Magazine back in 1992 as a newsletter sent to library patrons with 25 audiobook reviews a month, and how it's grown into a magazine with 80,000 subscribers and 50 reviews a week. Robin and I also discuss how the audiobook industry has changed over the past 26 years, how to submit an audiobook to Audiofile for review, and the new Audiofile Magazine podcast, Behind The Mic. All this and more over some Dewar's Scotch and a rum margarita!

You can find Audiofile Magazine online at https://www.audiofilemagazine.com, and on Twitter at @AudioFileMag.


Episode 36: Dori Scholer

October 21, 2018

My guest tonight is Dori Scholer, a Clinical Instructor in the University of Arizona Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinics!

Dori describes her shift from a career as a music scholar and performer to a career helping people with vocal problems (and helping to prevent those problems from occurring!). Dori shares helpful information for warming up the vocal apparatus, how to care for it when illness strikes, and proper breathing technique. All this over some herbal tea and a rusty nail!

You can find the University of Arizona Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinics at http://slhs.arizona.edu/speech-and-language-clinics; Dori's page can be found at http://slhs.arizona.edu/people/dori-scholer-dma-ms-cf-slp.

You can also find Dori on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dori-M-Scholer-Soprano-358150814931/. If you'd like to contact Dori about vocal issues or performance coaching, you can send her an email at dorimariesmith@gmail.com.

Tonight's episode of The Audiobook Speakeasy is brought to you by The Audiobook Reviewer (https://audiobookreviewer.com) and The Audiobookworm (https://audiobookwormpromotions.com).


Episode 35: Caitlin Garing

October 11, 2018

My guest in the Speakeasy tonight is Caitlin Garing, Executive Producer at Harper Audio!

Caitlin and I talk about how her education in journalism accidentally led to a career in audiobooks instead, and the different roles she's had at Harper Audio. Caitlin also talks about the production process at Harper, and shares some words of wisdom for narrators from her years dealing with us. All this over a virgin Sriracha Mule and a Thanksgiving Manhattan!

You can find Caitlin on Twitter at @CaitlinGaring. And you can find Harper Audio at http://www.harperaudio.com/.



Episode 34: James Anderson Foster

September 16, 2018

My guest tonight is narrator, narration coach, and fellow podcast host James Anderson Foster!

James talks about the various jobs that he's had over the years (he was a monk!) and how he got his narration business off the ground quickly through a combination of talent and luck. James and I also discuss his podcast, Sorcerous, and his approach to coaching narrators in the art of creating characters. All this and more over a Bloody Mary and an Italian-Indian Martini!

You can find James online at https://jamesnarrates.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @jamesnarrates. For James's coaching, visit https://fosteringcharacters.com.

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