Interview with Stevie Zimmerman & Audiobook Giveaways

Hello Dear Readers,

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in traffic and as I’m not a particular fan of the radios we have nowadays I started buying audiobooks to have some distraction, and of that, I did become a fan. It started as a way to get distracted, but it proved to be a wonderful way to get to know more stories and to relive some of them in a different way. I started enjoying audiobooks so much that I no longer listen to them only in my car, now I listen to audiobooks every time I’m cooking, cleaning and even running (I couldn’t do it without audiobooks to distract me).

When my husband started to notice I was listening to books he found it strange as he had no idea this was such a common entertainment. Our discussions led me to investigate a little about audiobooks and I was surprised to discover that they are not as recent as I though going back for several decades.

I also found some interesting articles which told me that the audiobook releases are now almost always simultaneous with the publication of the printed book, and that we see around 36 000 new titles released per year. If you are curious about the growth of this industry, you can find our more in this Publishing Perspectives article about the FutureBook conference that took place in London a couple of months ago. I found it very enlightning and interesting.

As you may imagine most of the audiobook I listen to are JAFF and one of my favourite narrators is Stevie Zimmerman. When I heard she would be narrating The Courtship of Edward Gardiner this year I though it would be the perfect opportunity to interview her and get to know a little about the other side.

I’m sure some of my readers will be as curious as I am regarding audiobooks and Stevie, so today I’m sharing the interview with you. You can read it along with some author testimonials below:

 

***Interview with Stevie Zimmerman***

 

headshotCan you tell us a little about you? Who are you, what are your interests, your professional background etc?

I come from England and moved to the US when I married – my husband is an orchestral conductor and is half English half American. I have two children, both in college now. I am a theatre director and had wanted to be an actor when I was in school and college. I quickly discovered I didn’t have “it” to be a successful stage actor and when I started directing I felt really at home. For a few years I didn’t work while I had to make ‘real’ money, and then to bring up my two children. Over the last ten years I have been able to take on more work in both the theatre and the voiceover world and now it is a great balance.

 

And how and why did you start narrating audiobooks?

I stumbled into a night class on voiceovers several years ago and really enjoyed it. The teacher of the class said I could get work because of my English accent – and offered to help me for a rich fee! I decided to try it on my own. At first I was just doing short commercials and then got into some longer narrations for e-learning. Then a few years ago I found out about a website where authors and narrators could meet and produce audiobooks without going through traditional publishers who usually want to use famous names for their audiobooks – which I am not. Yet!  ; ) My very first book remains one of my best sellers and it was a regency romance so that became my main niche.  I’ve done other genres but the period romance is by far my most popular.

 

How do you prepare the narration of an audiobook?

I must be honest – I do not read the book ahead of time. The main reason for this is that I like to go on the same journey as the reader. Obviously there are certain things I need to know ahead of time so I ask authors if they have specific requirements in terms of accent and class and so on. There have been a couple of times when an author doesn’t reveal “James’ wonderful Scottish burr”  until Chapter 4 – and that is a pain! But otherwise I like to uncover the characters and story along with the reader. I don’t want to know at the outset that this person turns out to be evil, because if the characters and the readers don’t know I don’t want to put it into my characterization.

 

It’s interesting to know you don’t read the books before narrating them, I thought you did to choose which ones you would accept and which you would not.

When it comes to choosing which books to do, rather than read them ahead of time, which would probably be impractical as the audition process implies interest in a project before you get to see the full manuscript, I do some research on Amazon. I look at reviews, and sales, and I can judge the quality of the writing from the audition sample usually. There have been a couple of occasions when I’ve wished I’d been more cautious in auditioning for a title  – when I end up being a sub-editor for a book that has been badly written and lacked an editor. And sometimes reviews can be good even when the story is ridiculous. But I think I’m getting better at choosing! Certainly, Nicole, Jennifer, and Joy have well written and carefully edited books thank goodness!

 

What’s the hardest thing about narrating an audiobook?

It’s kind of a lonely occupation. I get caught up in the books and keep narrating for as long as my voice holds up – or until my dog Charlie grumbles about being ignored. But that can mean I spend several hours, as I put it – ‘in the basement talking to myself’.

 

When did you first heard of JAFF? And when and how did you start narrating JAFF?

I’m not sure but I think I first realized there was this whole genre when I was offered my first JAFF audiobook. I had been aware that there were spinoffs of other classic books like the really well known prequel to Jane Eyre – Wide Sargasso Sea – although I’ve not read it. But I had no idea there was such a huge interest in retellings and expansions of Austen’s books.  It’s a funny thing in a way, to look at a story that is so well known and retell it even though the outcome is inevitable. But I always think about Romeo and Juliet. Even if you were in the audience at the very first performance the ending is revealed in the prologue of that play, so the fact that we know what is going to happen doesn’t have to mean the story isn’t compelling and rich and enjoyable.

 

Who’s the most challenging JAFF character you’ve ever had to interpret while narrating a book? And why?

With most of Jane Austen you’re dealing with a large number of female characters, many of whom are of similar age and class. Look at  P&P – you’ve got five Bennett daughters, two Bingley sisters, Charlotte, and then the other female characters, Mrs B, Lady Katherine, Anne, and the other townsfolk. So that’s really hard, to come up with distinguishing vocal features without making caricatures.  That’s true of the men as well, but there aren’t quite so many of them. But the most challenging one I think is Mr. Collins. Finding a way of communicating his obsequiousness and social ineptitude without making him entirely ridiculous is tough. Some JAFF authors do write him to be ridiculous and that’s fun, but after all, we love Charlotte don’t we and we don’t want her married to a complete idiot. I must admit I like the P&P variations where she ends up with someone else.

I’m intrigued more authors haven’t expanded or retold other of the novels . It’s really more P&P fan fiction than Jane Austen. It’s the most popular of course. But I love the others too. Persuasion has always been my favourite.

 

Persuasion is a favourite of mine too, my second favourite Austen novel, but I’ve got another one in my heart and that is North & South. You’ve recently narrated Northern Rain by Nicole Clarkston which is a N&S variation. Did you find it too different from P&P in terms of narration? I’m assuming the working class is a little harder to narrate, but I might be mistaken 🙂

I loved reading Nicole’s Northern Rain. I had actually listened to Juliet Stevenson reading North and South so I had her in my head a lot. It was a very different book from P&P variations as there was almost no comedy and, although it is at heart a romance, there is a lot of social history and political observation that marked the original too. The challenge with this book was to have a range of accent levels to reflect class and education, some accents very broad and others slight. And of course a large number of men to do! I hope I managed to distinguish between the various men of industry in the north, as well as the working class men and women.

 
Stevie thank you so much for your time! I really enjoyed talking to you and have only one more question: why should people listen to audiobooks?

I think the right narrator can bring a book to life like nothing else. If you’ve got multiple characters and you listen to a narrator with great acting chops you’ve got a movie in your head. I love listening to books on long drives, on walks with Charlie in the woods, when I’m tidying the house, times when I couldn’t read a book. It’s not a replacement – it’s a different experience. I hear from listeners who both read and listen to the same book and they say it gives them a new take on the book either way. Unfortunately the wrong narrator can kill a book. I’ve started several that I just couldn’t go on with because of the performance not the writing. But the right one! Wow! I listened to Dan Stevens (who was the romantic lead at the beginning of Downton Abbey) read a really long, complex historical novel that I might have struggled with on the page and he gave every single character the most wonderful, defined quality. I’d listen to almost anything he narrates.

 

Do you want to know more about Stevie? Check out her website: http://steviezim.wixsite.com/stevie-zim-voice

 

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Stevie is so well liked in the JAFF community that some of my favourite authors agreed to talk to us about their experience with her.

Jennifer Joy, Nicole Clarkston and J. Dawn King are my very specials guests today as they share their experience with Stevie, the narration process and the auditions.  They also bring several gifts for many of my readers as an incentive to started listening to books and share with all of us some very hot news!!!

 

authorwebJennifer Joy

There’s a reason why Stevie is so busy. It’s because she’s one of the best JAFF narrators out there! On the two occasions I’ve had the privilege of working with her, she’s always made the process easy with her timeliness and professionalism. Not to mention her narrative talents! The range of voices give each character a distinct sound— which is so important for audio listeners. We can’t have readers confusing Mr. Collins with Mr. Darcy, now, can we? With Stevie, that’s never an issue. (And she does an amazing Lady Catherine!) As an author and reader, I’m a fan!

 

 

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I first “met” Stevie through an audition she submitted to produce Rumours and Recklessness. For some reason, I was not getting notifications from ACX (Audible’s publishing platform) and I had forgotten to log in to check new auditions. Therefore, by the time I heard her sample, it was already a few days old.

I had no idea at the time what an honor it was. All I knew was that her voice was exactly what I had been hearing in my head as I wrote. She was so “light and pleasing,” to paraphrase Austen. You could hear the restrained laughter as she voiced Elizabeth, and the coiled agony in “Darcy’s” tones. No further auditions were necessary!

Stevie is a busy lady, so by the time I heard her audio sample she had already accepted some other projects. I was content to wait for her, it was well worth it. I still giggle when I hear her voicing Lydia, and Lady Catherine absolutely sent me into hysterics! No character was too small for special attention, and I was impressed that one person could so beautifully bring to life so many different people.

It was truly her take on Darcy which took my breath away. I was so impressed that her natural tones could take on a deep richness without sounding like “a woman trying to play a male part.” She is just fabulously talented in that regard. She has played Darcy in so many other JAFF books that she has a real handle on him.

When I published Northern Rain, I knew right away I wanted to see if Stevie was interested. Ana Clements had produced No Such Thing As Luck (with the same characters from North and South) for me and has done a spectacular job, but her career was taking a path away from audiobooks. I was thrilled beyond words when Stevie accepted the project, and giddy  every time she sent me a new file to preview. These characters were new to her, but she captured them beautifully. John Thornton’s voice was key, and she crafted him perfectly.

Stevie is a joy to work with. I enjoy chatting with her as she is working on a project, and she pays close attention to detail. When an author hands their baby over to a publisher or audio producer, there is a hope and a trust that the original vision will not be lost, but brought to life. I have learned I can depend on Stevie to catch the heart of the characters and create a wonderful listening experience for the “reader”.

Rita, can I make a little announcement? Stevie will be producing The Courtship of Edward Gardiner early this year!

 

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I have used three different narrators for my audiobooks and all three were excellent to work with. When I first place a book up for auditions, my nerves take over. (Yes, I become Mrs. Bennet.) I think to myself, “what if nobody wants to produce my story” and “what if nobody wants to listen to it.”

Catherine O’Brien produced ‘A Father’s Sins’, ‘One Love, Two Hearts, Three Stories’, and ‘Yes, Mr. Darcy’. Her ability to differentiate between characters by changing her voice is incredible. When our schedules didn’t work for the next project, I listened to many samples of other narrators and contacted Stevie directly. Within a few weeks, she had produced ‘Compromised’. As she posted each chapter and I listened closely to her reading, I was again reminded of how much theatrical skill a good narrator needs. Like Catherine, her characters are a pleasure to listen to. She has also produced ‘The Abominable Mr. Darcy’  which was released in Audible today!!

My latest project, ‘Love Letters from Mr. Darcy’ was narrated and produced by Jannie Meisberger. Like the others, she was an absolute delight to work with and was equally as quick.

Rita, these women are true professionals. They edit their own work carefully before returning the files to me. The challenge for an author is to wiggle our projects into their already tight schedules. All three of them are in high demand so it is a privilege and honor to be accepted by them.

My next audiobook I will be posting for auditions is ‘Mr. Darcy’s Mail-Order Bride’. This will be my first audiobook where the narrator needs an American accent. I’m considering a male voice and have two in particular I’d like to pursue to produce the project.

I’m always excited to hear my stories come to life at the hands of a capable narrator. The first time I listen, I follow along with the manuscript to check for errors. I find few. Then I listen to it again with my eyes closed to see how closely the character voices fit. The last time, my eyes still closed, I listen solely for enjoyment.

The demands for audiobooks has grown so I cannot imagine not having my Jane Austen fan fiction stories produced in this format. With the help of Catherine, Stevie, and Jannie, I truly believe these become the best they can possibly be.

 

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These authors are so generous they decided to start the year by bringing lots of goodies to my readers!

Jennifer Joy would like to offer a copy of Love Never Fails (one of my favourites from 2016) and Accusing Elizabeth.

Nicole Clarkston would like to offer a copy of Rumours & Recklessness and Northern Rain (yes, another favourite).

And J. Dawn King would like to offer two copies of Compromised and two copies of the just released The Abominable Mr. Darcy’

Let us know if like me you are a fan of audiobooks, and when/where do you listen to them, or if you are not yet convinced with audiobooks, and why not?

Every opinion is accepted and we would love to hear your yours 🙂

Let us know in your comments which audiobooks you would like to receive. If you are uncertain as to which you would like, you can always visit the authors Amazon Page and check the description of each book:

Jennifer Joy

Nicole Clarkston

J. Dawn King

The giveaway is international and is open until the 22nd of January, to be eligible all you have to do is participate in the audiobook discussion by commenting this post.

Good luck everyone!

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72 responses to “Interview with Stevie Zimmerman & Audiobook Giveaways

  1. Wonderful interview, Rita! I enjoyed learning more about Stevie and hope others can enjoy her narrations as much as I have! Thank you. I LOVE audiobooks 🙂

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  2. Mary

    Rita,I love to listen to audiobooks when I’m driving. They shorten the journey and definitely make it more interesting.

    Must confess I’ve never hear of Stevie. However the great accolades she’s received from these wonderful authors leave me in no doubt that she’s an amazing talent.

    I agree,a great narrator can make a book and add certain nuances to a story that weren’t previously apparent to you.

    Would love to win an audiobook of either of Nicole’s books.

    Thanks to all concerned for the opportunity to do so.

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  3. I love the freedom an audiobook gives. I can accomplish a multitude of tasks while listening. I do have a propensity to talk back to the characters on occasion, or even yell at them. My husband listens to them as well, though he does so quietly. Thank you for letting us get to know Stevie better. She rocks!!!

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  4. Marie jones

    I enjoy audio books at anytime but especially in the car and at night. I go to sleep listening to them. I’m very picky about the narrater and all 3 are top knotch I choose Nichole as I have all of Jennifer and joys books

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  5. So good to see Stevie getting some print time! She is one hard-working lady. I love reading Jennifer’s and Joy’s experiences. Thank you, Rita, for introducing Stevie!

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  6. Carol

    I love to listen to my audio books while I drive, especially when I drive to Florida twice a year. Breaks up the 21 hour drive.

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  7. Elizabeth Ehinger

    I find that listening to audio books when I walk makes exercise actually fun. Often I have to keep listening when I get home because I get so engrossed in a story. I will certainly look for Stevie’s books. And I’d love to win Love Never Fails, Northern Rain or The Abominable Mr. Darcy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    • The same thing happens to me Elizabeth! Usually when I get home I want to continue listening and then I remember I better save the audiobook to when I really need its company and I eventually stop listening 🙂

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  8. kneyda

    Thank you for this wonderful give-away. I love audiobooks. The book I would love to win is Northern Rain. I have been looking forward to reading it. 🙂

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  9. What a fantastic interview, Rita. I totally adore audiobooks and have a huge collection of them. Most are JAFF, of course, but I have a good number from other genres, too. They liven up my commutes enormously and on more than one occasion, I’ve not wanted to get out of my car when I got to work!

    Stevie just happens to be one of my favourite JAFF narrators and I’ve already listened to Rumours and Recklessness. Northern Rain is on my TBL list for this year. Juliet Stevenson’s narration of North and South was amazing and I’m so looking forward to Stevie reading Northern Rain. She’s so right about how narrators can kill a book – I’ve heard some horrors in my time who’ve totally spoiled an otherwise well written book. Surely any JAFF narrator should know how Longbourn and Rosings are pronounced? It completely jars and takes you out of the story when a wrong pronunciation comes at you out of the speakers. Not so with Stevie, she’s spot on every time, all of the time.

    If I’m lucky enough to be one of the winners, then I’d choose either of Jennifer’s or Joy’s books, as you’ll have realised I already have both of Nicole’s. Great news, by the way, about Nicole’s latest coming out on audio.

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    • Thank you Anji! I’ve listen to several audiobooks now to understand how important the narration is. One of the things that annoys me the most is having to mentally repeat scenes in my head because the narrator portrays a character in a way I would never imagine. Sometimes Darcy sounds too angry or Elizabeth to weepy and I need to repeat the sentences they are saying in the way I think they would say it. I’ve now learned to differentiate the narration from the book, but sometimes it’s still tricky, a bad narration may kill a good book.
      Fortunately I think l Stevie is very good, so these authors are in good hands 🙂
      Good luck in the giveaway 🙂

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  10. Maureen C

    I love listening to audio books while commuting to and from work. I just recently finished listening to Juliet Stevenson reading North & South, and it was excellent! I loved N&S before i listened to the audiobook, but the audio version really brought the story to life.
    I like that for many of the Kindle books I already own, I can purchase the audio to go with it for just a few dollars more. I would love to win an audio book of Love Never Fails or The Abominable Mr. Darcy. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  11. I love audiobooks as I have quite a long commute and it helps make the trip go faster and helps me not to get so frustrated by all the aggressive driving around me.

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  12. Eliza

    Great interview! I adore audiobooks and listen to at least 10-12 a year (though, honestly, probably more than that). Kate Reading’s version of Pride and Prejudice and Greta Scacchi’s version of Persuasion are frequent re-listens for me.

    I mostly listen in the car driving to/from work or while I’m on the trail/treadmill…though I’ve been known to tell my husband to “shush” while I listen to the last hour of one in the house, because I just can’t stand to wait. I own the audiobook of Rumours & Recklessness, and it was great! I’ve listened to it at least twice. I’d love to add any of the others to my collection.

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  13. Jeannineinsd

    Thank you for this interview with Stevie Zimmerman. I have become hooked on audiobooks, and I enjoy hearing from an narrator and authors about the process of making an audiobook.

    I listen to the books when driving, when walking for exercise, and when doing housework.

    I have listened to and enjoyed Ms. Zimmerman’s narration of Rumours and Recklessness. I have recently purchased the audiobook Northern Rain. If I were to win the drawing, I would like to receive the audiobook of The Abdominable Mr. Darcy.

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  14. BeckyC

    Wonderful interview. I have finally found the benefits of audiobooks. Workouts, long trips and especially those long home projects. Makes them all fly by. Thank you for the giveaway. I already have Rumors and Recklessness on audio book. Would be thrilled to win any of the others!

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  15. What a fascinating interview! Audio books are my favourite medium but I haven’t found many JAFF ones so this has really interested me. I’ve had an audible account for a few years and always Google the narrators that I love to try and find out a bit about them and see what else they’ve narrated (I Google the ones I don’t like too but not with the same enthusiasm 😀 )

    Thanks so much for making this giveaway International, many can’t/don’t. If I’m lucky enough to be picked I’d love to listen to Love Never Fails. Fingers are crossed here.

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    • Thank you! Like you, I believe there are not enough JAFF books being narrated. Hopefully the number will start to grow and we will have more books to listen to 🙂
      Good luck in the giveaway.

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  16. Hi Rita! What a great interview! About audiobooks, even though I don’t have many, I love them. It is a very enjoyable way to “read” a story. 🙂 I would love to have a copy of Love Never Fails, Accusing Elizabeth or Rumours and Recklessness. Thank you for the giveaways! 🙂

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  17. I really enjoyed this interview! I don’t really listen to audiobooks, so I don’t know much about the process, so I found this interview especially fascinating. My husband likes audiobooks for long trips, but I have a problem if the narrator’s voice doesn’t sound right to me, and my mind tends to wander while I read. But I’m always willing to give them a chance; I just haven’t found one I *loved* yet.

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    • Anna, you might want to listen to a sample of Rosamund Pike (Jane Bennet) read Pride and Prejudice. It’s AMAZING!!! However, my favorite is Richard Armitage reading Love poems. Oh, my!!! It’s called Classic Love Poems and is only $3.95 US. 100% SWOONWORTHY!!!

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    • Thank you Anna! I understand what you say about narrators, sometimes they don’t read the lines, especially the dialogues as I would imagine and that may be a bit distracting, but luckily that never happens when I listen to Stevie’s narration 🙂

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  18. Dung

    I love audio books and have been listening to them for a while now. Not so many JAFF ones but I truly believe the narrator has a lot to do with if I enjoy listening to it. I recently listen to a P&P audio book and was disappointed in the narration. One of my favorite story but didn’t enjoy it as much as would of. I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to any of Stevie Zimmerman’s audio books yet but look forward to it.

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    • Yes, the same thing happens to me sometimes Dung. The worst for me is to hear Mr. Darcy almost shouting. I never imagine him to be so angry when speaking and some narrators do it, but I didn’t feel any of that with Stevie. If you do hear one of her narrations, please let me know what you thought 🙂

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  19. Barbara Thompson

    My first experience with an audio book was Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I kept stumbling over the names while trying to read it so sought out the audio. One try and I was hooked. I listen sometimes in the car, but more often while doing something with my hands, like crafting or cleaning. As a librarian I found it a great way to keep up on my reading for work. Although I love listening to JAFF, my favorite audio book is read by Colin Firth. It is After the Affair by Graham Greene. If you love audio books and Colin Fifth, this is a great listen. What’s not to love about having him softly speaking in your ear for several hours? But, seriously, it was so good I actually forgot it was him and became totally absorbed in the story.

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    • Thank you for the recommendation, Barbara. Your comment sold it to me and I ran all the way to audible and threw it in my cart! 😀 Can’t wait to get started!

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    • Thank you for the suggestion Barbara! Actually this weekend I listened to a few minutes of Colin’s narration and it had a strange effect in me. I could either focus on the story or the voice! The voice was so wonderfull that I just wanted to keep listening to it, but then I would not focus on the story…I think that’s a book I’ll have to listen to twice: one to concentrate on the voice, and another to concentrate on the story 🙂

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  20. Great interviews, ladies. I loved learning about this process from a few different perspectives. I love audiobooks and wish everyone much success with their audiobooks too. No need to enter me in a giveaway, but thank you!!

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    • Claudine, have you listened to Rosamund Pike’s Pride and Prejudice? I feel like I’m promoting her, but really, she does a fantastic job. I adore Stevie’s narration and Juliet Stevenson’s North and South as well. Still, if only I could coerce Mr. Armitage to do one of my projects. Sigh and dream!

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      • Can I sigh and dream along with you Joy? Pretty please?

        I’ve got Rosamund Pike’s P&P on my TBL list – got it really cheap from Audible as I had a compatible ebook on my Kindle. Problem is choosing what to listen to next! I’m in the middle of A Father’s Sins by someone I know (!) but have had to break off to listen to a time-limited BBC dramatisation of Northanger Abbey on the BBC iPlayer. Promise I’ll go back to AFS afterwards. Then what? Northern Rain, The Houseguest or P&P with Ms. Pike?

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      • Oh, yes! We can both sigh and dream, Anji.

        I’d certainly bail on AFS and go with any of the other three. Of course, I’ve heard A Father’s Sins way too many times. Whichever you choose, please enjoy!

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      • Yes, Joy, I love her narration. She actually was part of the inspiration for my “We Still Need Her” posts. Her words describe how women are still looking for their way in the world, which is part of why we are so drawn to Elizabeth Bennet. She says that’s part of why we still need her and why I think we still need Austen too.

        Thank you for sharing your recommendation with me and good luck with the audiobook!

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    • Thank you for the support Claudine 🙂

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  21. Jessica Washer

    I LOVE audiobooks. I’ve listened to some form of an audiobook every night since I was 18 months old and my parents got me a tape player and children’s stories to keep me in my room. My favorite are the Jim Dale narrated Harry Potter novels because his voice is so amazing, although I also love Rosamund Pike’s Pride and Prejudice (its like Jane is reading her story to me!).

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  22. Lynn Bischoff

    I love audiobooks. I listen to them every night when going to sleep. I also listen when quilting. It seems to make the stitching time fly by.

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  23. Betty Campbell Madden

    I, too, like to listen as I quilt or clean. Quite honestly, l’d rather read a book because listening slows me down, but, supposedly, one must do more than curl up in a recliner, pets, and a session with Elizabeth and Darcy. Who’da think?

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  24. Sophia Rose

    Fascinating to learn how she became an audio book narrator and what this is like and fun that you also caught the authors’ perspective on having a narrator for their books.

    Listening to audio books seemed a natural transition for me from listening to books on record years ago. I used to work for a small newspaper and had the job of bundling the amounts needed for each business delivery location so that was when I started listening to audio stories. After that job was gone, I kept listening while I did chores, went on my walks, and on long travel trips.

    I already had the pleasure of listening to her narrate Nicole Clarkston’s Rumours & Recklessness. I would love to win any of the other books as I’m a fan of all those authors.

    Great post and I appreciate the generosity of your guests with their responses and prizes.

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  25. This was such an interesting post, thank you. I had heard of Stevie but haven’t heard one of her books yet (I am new to audio books, but enjoying them on my commute). I look forward to hearing her at some point. I am sure I will, as she is a popular reader in the JAFF genre. Thank you all for the post!

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  26. I love listening to audio books and am constantly “reading” that way. I’m able to cover more ground by continuing the story in audio form. My daughter has a long commute and is much happier when she gets home if she’s listened to an audio book on the way. Of course our tastes are vastly different lol. Thanks for this look inside, I really enjoyed it!

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  27. me

    I love audio books because I have fibromyalgia and reading a physical book gives me muscle spasms. When I’m not feeling well I can keep myself entertained with an audio book. I listen to audio books on audible and on youtube.

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  30. Sheila L. Majczan

    I found audio books to buy or borrow from the library an aid when traveling with children but also a way to allow them to look at the word and/or photos while listening and then turning the pages independently while I was busy with chores or other children. I also did a lot of traveling while working so audio books served me well when I was alone in a car. I also have fond memories of one little girl who was undergoing visits to a pre-adoptive home asking me to play “When you give a Mouse a Cookie” again for her second visit. Naturally I had to buy the book and cassette tape for her. I don’t listen to audios as much as I used to as I am retired so only take very short trips to church or the store usually. But I still treasure the experience with those.

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