Crossing Savage, the debut Peter Savage thriller, is being made into an audio book! A huge thank you to the good people at Light Messages Publishing for making this happen.
This is my first experience with the production of an audio book, and I have to say it is very exciting. A professional actor was selected to perform the reading–and I do mean perform! His name is Jonathan Horvath, and he has quite the resume as you’ll see by following the link. That’s Jonathan hard at work in the sound booth (right). He is also very personable, and we have had many conversations about the key characters in the novel, as well as accents and other voice characteristics.
What I’ve come to appreciate is that Jonathan has to convey all the emotion using only his voice. Bear in mind that when you read a novel you have clues (such as punctuation, paragraph and section breaks, and different fonts) to help you understand the emotions in whatever passage you’re reading. All of these visual clues are absent in an audio book, so the voice actor must communicate this audibly to the listener. Plus, Jonathan has several different national accents and a few regional accents to convey in the character voices as well, not to mention both male and female characters. To say he has a challenge is an understatement!
I’ve listened to several samples that Jonathan has prepared and the outcome is nothing short of fantastic. I am so anxious to listen to the final product–but there is still much work to be done. The reading alone is estimated to take about 14 hours, and then the sound engineer gets to do his/her magic. I think late Spring or early Summer the audio book will be available–stay tuned for updates!