UPDATE: Narrator D is out because he has too many commitments and was forced to withdraw. However, there are now two more new candidates, and a prospective third one who will be sending in an audition soon.
It belatedly occurred to me that I’ve been going about this audiobook process all wrong. Leaping into an area in which I have zero experience – I don’t even listen to audiobooks myself – and doing so with a mammoth project that is larger than most audiobooks out there is a recipe for not only failure, but disaster.
So, I decided to retreat, rethink, and reassess my approach to producing the Selenoth audiobooks. Since Amazon/Audible’s ACX is an attempt to be the standard offering, I thought I had better check that out. And since I have a set of much shorter works set in Selenoth, I have the luxury of trying out several different approaches before settling on one narrator and distribution system for the main series. This is important, because A Throne of Bones alone will make for a 36-hour audiobook.
In the interest of experimentation, Marcher Lord signed up A Magic Broken exclusively for ACX and two narrators have already auditioned. I’ve also included a non-ACX audition that was sent to me earlier. As I’ve mentioned previously, my ideal narrator would be Charles Dance, but then, I’m not the one who will be listening to the audiobooks so my opinion concerning the matter is not decisive.
If you’re someone who might be interested in the Selenoth audiobooks, I’d be interested to get your impression of the potential narrators. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments here. I’ll post more here as they are submitted until Marcher Lord decides upon one. As for ACX, my thought is to do AMB through their system and one of the stories from TWC through open distribution, then compare the results.