My first audiobook production with Amazon, Audible and iTunes, was this book Lincoln and the Dragon. The story involves time travel, back in time, to the time of dragons, knights and kings. Mr. Lincoln finds himself in the middle of a conflict, how to deal with a dragon living in the region.
I spent an enormous amount of time creating voices for the various characters. If my count was correct, I had 13 character voices in this book. Some were easier than others to repeat throughout the book. Mr. Speed, a friend of Abraham Lincoln’s, came naturally at the beginning, as I imagined what he would look like. Mr. Speed doesn’t appear again until the end of the book. Thinking to myself, this will be easy to re-create his voice. I was wrong. I tried several times to create that voice and failed miserably. A few days later, I listened to Mr. Speed again, repeating what he had spoken near the beginning of the story. Finally, success, I was able to capture that voice!
Now, regarding voices, I always imagine Lincoln with a slightly deep tone, perhaps a bit monotone at times. So, that’s how I created his voice for this story. It was about two weeks after the book went on sale, a news story appeared on the internet, talking about Abraham’s voice. It was one of those interesting stories you just have to open and read. I don’t know how the experts know this, but the story claims Lincoln did NOT have a deep voice, rather, a higher-pitched voice that at times may have been a bit squeaky. A voice that would have been difficult to listen to for long periods of time. I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with my imagination on this one. Try as I might, I just can’t picture him with a high-pitched voice.
If you enjoy stories with dragons, the dragon in this story has a deep rumbling voice, a single eye and is able to overpower the thoughts of most of the characters in the story.
Author William McKiddy approached me requesting an audition for his book – “Dawn: The Birth of Evil”. I must admit, when it comes to the Bible, I hesitate at doing a fictional work. God’s Word is not to be taken lightly or altered.
As I began reviewing the book, a couple of things caught my attention:
1) Mr. McKiddy noted in the forward of the book, the story was fictional and contained some fictional characters, but the story was based upon the Genesis account of Creation and how it unfolded. He admitted there were verse interpretations he made, they are limited because of the limits of human understanding.
2) I found as I proof-read the book, he was indeed following the accounts of Genesis. He wasn’t trying to twist a day of God’s Creation into 1,000 or even 1 billion years of time. God gave us the account in Genesis, that was enough said.
The rest as they say, IS HISTORY.
There are a number of character voices in this work, some scheming going on by (Well, you know who!) and of course the complete unfolding of Creation.
Here is a sample clip: