QUARTERLY BLOG: THE WORLD OF AUDIO, AND THE AUDIO OF THE WORLD

The past few months have been some of our busiest in recent memory, with both of our studios being put to use on almost every day of 2017 so far. Recently we have completed one of our most complex productions, that of the masterful Istanbul: A Tale Of Three Cities, written and read by Bettany Hughes. Bettany’s book, published by Orion, is full of digressive nuggets of detail, and possesses a truly global scope spreading out from the crossroads of the world.

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ANDREW SACHS INTERVIEW

The late Andrew Sachs (1930–2016) is best known to the general public as Manuel, but he was a key player of the audiobook industry over thirty or more years. In January 2010, after he recorded Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s monumental Jerusalem, he stayed on in the studio to talk to Nicholas Jones about his work. The interview was recorded in anticipation of an audio industry website that never happened, so this interview was filed away in the archives and has never been heard. We rediscovered it recently, and release it now in honour of the memory of this brilliant performer and delightful, gentle man.

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AUTHORS ON AUDIO

During the past week we have been recording The Gilded Cage, the first title in Vic James' Dark Gifts trilogy. In addition to our reader, Avita Jay, and producer, Leo Whetter, Vic herself was able to join us for two of the studio days, drawing upon her experiences to pen a thoughtful blog post about the process. 

Alongside Vic's insight into the pronunciations, directions, and the spine-tingling feeling of hearing words brought to life which all comprise a good audiobook recording, we've compiled some other pieces from our archives of authors blogging about hearing their words performed back to them.

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QUARTERLY BLOG: THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT

Having the freedom to decide a book’s setting in space and time sometimes requires giving voice to languages which, due to their age, are typically read rather than spoken. In the case of Joanna Harris’ latest book Runemarks, this is Old Norse. Joanna herself has been on hand to offer help with articulating the language to our producer Richard Hughes, and our reader, Rosie Jones.

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