Earlier in the year I blogged about my determination to start working toward creating audiobooks of one or the other of my series. Judging by the feedback, there was a very slight preference for starting with the Two Monarchies Sequence over the Shards of a Broken Sword series; and I was fully determined to start with Spindle.
I say ‘was’, because after some deliberation and…well, cost-counting, I came to the conclusion that at this stage I can probably only afford to start with the shorter works. Which means that it’s to be Twelve Days of Faery, the first book in my Shards of a Broken Sword series. I very much want to produce my Two Monarchies Sequence as well, but I’m resigned to the fact that it will have to be a future endeavour.
All of this is by the way to say that I have been actively looking for audio narrators, have found three possibilities, and now desperately need your help in choosing which one of them I should use. In no particular order, here are the contestants:
Gordon Pelagi: this guy I picked for an audition simply because I loved the way his voice sounded for scifi, and I wanted to know how he’d sound reading my stuff, since I fully planned to call on him for my scifi series, A Time Traveller’s Best Friend. Only then his audition for Twelve Days was flamin’ amazing, even to my audiobook-deaf ears. The only slight quibble I have is that his Markon sounds too old–entirely my fault, since although I mentioned Markon’s approximate age, I didn’t mention that he is still quite adventurous.
Greg Barnett: A very solid reading, I thought. I was less enamoured of this one than the other two, but because I don’t listen to audiobooks, I really have no ear to say whether my instincts are correct or not. So I want you guys to hear this one, too.
Nick Howden-Steenstra: I’ll admit, when I heard this one (I heard it first), I thought Oh, well, this is obviously the one. I like his Althea less than I like Gordon Pelagi’s version, but his Markon is pretty spot on. I thought maybe the general narration other than direct voices was perhaps posher than I was expecting, so I wasn’t quite sure about that; but still, the biggest difficulty I’ve got in choosing is between this one and the Gordon Pelagi one.
So what do you guys think? Comment, email me–please help! I want to give Twelve Days the best chance I can give it!