Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Audio Version

In response to the plethora of emails and twitter questions (ok 2 emails and 1 twitter question) I can inform the world (ok ok 3 people) that Gerard Doyle told me that he's reading In The Morning I'll Be Gone this week and will be recording the book in the next fortnight for Blackstone Audio. As usual Doyle had lots of whinging complaints polite queries about how to pronounce various things in the book, queries that I was occasionally able to answer. 
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If you're a fan of audiobooks, and I for one am a huge fan, I hope you already know about Audible.com. I've been on Audible as a listener for several years now and I have the plan whereby I get one credit a month to download any audiobook I want. This works well for me as it usually takes me 3 weeks - 1 month to listen to an audiobook. I think there are 4 criteria that go towards making a good audiobook: 1) you need a good text to begin with 2) you need a reader whose voice is clear but which also exudes a lot of character 3) the book should ideally last more than 6 hours so you get your money or credit's worth 4) it must never ever be abridged or substantially different from the original text.
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My books have been on Audible since the beginning of the service and I was surprised and delighted last Friday to get a check from Audible as part of their honorarium programme. With absolutely no obligation to do so Audible decided to give all the authors on Audible in a certain quarter period (I think it was the last two quarters of 2012) a honorarium of 1 dollar per book. My check came at a time when the post Christmas bank balance was looking decidedly dodgy and while not a King's ransom it was free money and there's few things in this life that beat free out-of-the-blue-cash. So thank you Mr Doyle for recording In The Morning I'll Be Gone and thank you Audible for providing a great service and for the lovely honorarium check. 

24 comments:

Alan said...

Adrian,Humor in the early hours coupled with good news for your audiophiles.Are you allowed to say the name of your stand alone book and the projected release date?Best Alan

speedskater42k said...

I've been an Audible subscriber for over ten years. They provide a great service, and are my go-to source for your books!

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

I dont know if I am allowed to same the name of the standalone...The title is bound to change.

Oh well, the working title is The Sun Is God which are the reputed last words of JMW Turner, the painter, although its got nothing to do with painting or Turner.

adrian mckinty said...

Speedskater

Very hassle free service too, esp for a computer illiterate guy like me.

seana graham said...

I'm glad you got the honorarium. I know you like the company, but the terms haven't exactly seemed altogether to your benefit.

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

My one problem with Audible is discovering that some of its books arent available in Australia for copyright reasons - the system knows where I'm downloading from and occasionally a book I want wont be available in my market - just as Hulu never is.

stina leicht said...

Yayayayayay! At last! [throws confetti] (I've the same sort of membership. I love Audible.) Don't know if I ever told you, but I first discovered your books on Audible. I wouldn't know your work without it, I suspect.

adrian mckinty said...

Stina

I reckon without the income from Audible I would have packed in this writing lark 5 years ago.

Regan West said...

Hi Adrian,
This is great news, as I don't have as much time to read books as I'd like, but audiobooks are wonderful on the commute to and from work.

I've thoroughly enjoyed all audiobooks of your titles, and I wholeheartedly agree that the narrator has to have an excellent voice with lots of character. My personal favourite is John Lee, whom has done great readings of many of Dan Simmons' books ('The Terror' and 'Drood' in particular) and China Mieville (The City and The City, which actually got me into him in the first place), and is a big reason why I continue to lookout for anything he reads, as I continue to do with your titles

I must also say that I really enjoy your blog and frequent almost daily for your interesting posts

Regan

John Halbrook said...

Love your audiobooks and I am looking forward to the next one with great anticipation. Glad to hear they actually make your extraordinary efforts worthwhile.

adrian mckinty said...

Regan

Yes they are great for me on my bike (yes I know you're not supposed to do that) and on public transport.

adrian mckinty said...

John

Definitely would have jacked it in if it hadnt been for the income from Blackstone Audio and from the nice supporting letters from people who've listened to the books on audible. Most bookstores, even mystery bookstores, just dont carry my stuff so I'd never have made any sales at all if it wasnt for a convenient audiobook service.

People complain that the internet is killing print media and maybe it is but I for one cd not have continued to write novels but for the vector provided by services like audible.

Steve said...

I work in theatre so often when I get home people are asleep or soon to be asleep. I sit outside with my iPod (and often a cigar and glass of wine)and listen to a book. It is usually my favorite time of the day as it's dark and quiet and I can just listen. Audible is a great service and your blog has recommended many good audiobooks (The Worst Journey in the World is a perfect audiobook, I think). Anyway, thanks for your writing - both as audiobooks and this blog.

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swooperman said...

Wouldn't worry about on the bike, mate, I do it in my truck!The trick is flesh coloured headphones! The radio is broken in my defence, which has at least saved me from the cricket debacle in the early hours of motorway pounding. I listen to a lot on Audible, having 2 credits a month & quite often find myself buying an extra one every now & again. I think the choice of narrator is enormous, & I've given up on a couple due to the irritation.Deon Meyer's 'Trackers' was the latest to lose me but I'm committed to trying it again. Gerard is excellent & I've listened to most of yours at least twice. I find that occasionally I find myself drifting into my own plots just by the words being spoken, generally not yours in particular, normally totally unconnected to the subject. My credits are topping up somewhat as my current choice is Stephen King's 'The Stand' clocking in at 47 hours! Hitler lost the Eastern Front in less. Matterhorn next

Unknown said...

I literally just logged in to send you an email to ask when it was coming on Audible. I have all your other Audible books, and I am sure I'll finish this one in a matter of days. Looking forward to it!

adrian mckinty said...

Steve

Sometimes I put the ipod on the sink and listen in the bath. It's very relaxing (with the right book).

adrian mckinty said...

Swooper

I think the longest one I listened to was Tony Judt's Post War which I think came at 40 something hours.

The narrator had a voice of quite melancholy which was quite appropriate.

One of the best audios I ever listened to incidentally.

adrian mckinty said...

Swooper

I think the longest one I listened to was Tony Judt's Post War which I think came at 40 something hours.

The narrator had a voice of quite melancholy which was quite appropriate.

One of the best audios I ever listened to incidentally.

adrian mckinty said...

Unknown

Still dont the actual release date yet but doubtless Doyle will tell me.

Jill said...

I love Audible. I too discovered your books through Audible and am so glad that I did. You are a terrific writer. I work in a public library and recommend your books as often as I can. Your books inspired me to learn the history of Northern Ireland.

Di said...

I also found your books on Audible. I wouldn't be able to enjoy any book without them. I listen mainly when mucking out and feeding my 3 donkeys and horse, and while driving. I wish more authors would push their publishers to do so. Thank you for showing me more of the world. Di

Di said...

I also found your books on Audible. I wouldn't be able to enjoy any book without them. I listen mainly when mucking out and feeding my 3 donkeys and horse, and while driving. I wish more authors would push their publishers to do so. Thank you for showing me more of the world. Di

Di said...

I also found your books on Audible. I wouldn't be able to enjoy any book without them. I listen mainly when mucking out and feeding my 3 donkeys and horse, and while driving. I wish more authors would push their publishers to do so. Thank you for showing me more of the world. Di