Welcome to the Audiobook Speakeasy!
The Audiobook Speakeasy is my podcast, where I chat with audiobook professionals and listeners about all things related to audiobooks. You'll hear from narrators, narration coaches, engineers, editors, audiobook publishing company representatives, casting directors, and power listeners.
So come on in, pull up a chair, and share a cocktail with us as we delve into audiobook narration, production, casting, and all aspects of audiobook creation.
You can find the Audiobook Speakeasy on iTunes here, and on Stitcher here. You can also search in your favorite podcast app that pulls from iTunes.
If you find the podcast educational, enlightening, enjoyable, or entertaining, and you have a spare buck or two, I'd greatly appreciate your financial support at my Patreon page. And if podcast support isn't in the budget right now, I completely understand; please just enjoy the podcast!
Episode 0: Welcome!
In the introductory episode of The Audiobook Speakeasy, I share my vision for the podcast over an Asian Martini.
Episode 4: Andi Arndt
Tonight I'm joined in the Speakeasy by the amazingly talented Andi Arndt!
Andi and I discuss the evolution of her career as an educator and a narrator, and the multiple awards she garnered in 2017. In addition, you'll hear a riveting live narration from a book that Andi's currently working on, and all about Andi's approach to audiobook narration coaching. All this over some post-recording-session hot water (keep those vocal cords happy!) and an Italian martini!
Andi can be found online at http://www.andiarndt.com.
Episode 3: Philip Miller
Joining me tonight in the e Speakeasy is Pre-production and Casting Director at Deyan Audio, Philip Miller!
Philip and I discuss how he got into audio engineering, the various positions he's held at Deyan Audio in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Tucson, and his love of the classics (and anything related to pirates). He also talks about what you should do -- and NOT do -- when interacting with casting directors at major audiobook publishing companies. All of this over a classic vodka tonic and some American single malt whiskey made right here in Tucson, Arizona!
Philip can be found at email@example.com and at http://www.socraticengineering.com.
Episode 2: Amanda Rose Smith
Joining me in the Speakeasy tonight is audio engineer extraordinaire Amanda Rose Smith!
Amanda and I discuss her transition from small town girl to Big Apple resident, work life as a woman in an extremely male-dominated industry, and how one should go about choosing an audiobook editor. You'll also hear Amanda's thoughts on best practices when editing and mastering audiobooks, and how budget constraints don't necessarily mean you can't improve your audiobook quality by hiring a professional engineer. All of this over some lemon-ginger tea and the Speakeasy twist on a classic Manhattan!
You can find Amanda at https://www.amandarosesmith.com, on Facebook as Amanda Rose Smith, on Twitter at @LadySoundSmith, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 1: Sean Allen Pratt
Tonight I'm joined by prolific narrator and narration coach Sean Allen Pratt!
Sean and I discuss his early days as an actor in Santa Fe and New York, his transition into audiobooks in the 1990s, and how he came to be the preeminent non-fiction narrator and narration coach in the industry today. You'll also get to hear Sean's take on a particularly challenging selection from the classic Moby Dick, as well as his thoughts on the business side of audiobook narration and on different approaches to coaching. All of this over bourbons and beer!
You can find Sean by email at email@example.com, on Facebook at Sean Pratt Presents, and on Twitter at @SPPresents.