My audiobook narration of Maggie Cassidy (Devault-Graves, 2016) by Jack Kerouac has just gone live.
This is, some say, Kerouac’s most accessible work. A plaintive tale of young love and all its complications in a hard-bitten New England manufacturing town of 1939, it’s actually autobiographical, thinly-veiled. Kerouac had a keen memory for details, which allowed him to recreate the characters, situations, and the settings in Lowell, Massachusetts with such clarity.
This is not only the first time this novel has appeared in audiobook form, but it’s also the first time it’s appeared anywhere in its full, uncensored form. Kerouac used some profanity in spots, which publishers at the time were reluctant to include in the final version. The original text was used for the preparation of this edition and this audiobook.
While narrating this book, I was able to catch the flashes of Kerouac’s genius as a writer. I’m sure you’ll be able to do the same. Check it out on Amazon, Audible, or iTunes.
Today, Simon & Schuster released my audiobook narration of Mickey Spillane’s I, The Jury. This was the very first Mike Hammer novel and in fact, was the first and bestselling novel of Spillane’s sixty-year career.
My journey began about a year ago when I noticed the book had no modern downloadable audiobook attached to it. After an extremely tedious process of running down blind alleys and pursuing phantom contacts, I was finally chosen to narrate this iconic novel, and now, here it is in the digital flesh. This is the first time ever the book has been available in unabridged audio form. Many years ago, there was a heavily-abridged audiocassette narrated by Stacy Keach, who played Mike Hammer on television for years.
My version is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. So go buy it now, okay?
I’m positively thrilled to have landed the opportunity to narrate and produce Mickey Spillane’s iconic novel I, The Jury. This was Spillane’s first Mike Hammer novel and his biggest-selling book of his entire career, which spanned nearly 60 years. Most of the other Hammer audiobooks have been read by Stacy Keach, so I’ve got big shoes to fill on this one. I started work on it last night, but I’ll let you know when it comes out.
Cold querying works!
My latest narration, Matanzas Bay by Parker Francis, is now available in audiobook form. It’s a contemporary private eye tale set in St Augustine, Florida. Anyone who likes a well-written crime fiction tale should check it out. Go here and listen to the audio sample, then buy it, for cryin’ out loud!
This one was very different for me. It’s Heaven’s Gun, by Harambee K Grey-Sun. A sort of sci-fi/horror mix set in the not-too-distant future, it’s a short story of a society verging on a police state, and a criminal organization that operates within it. There’s a certain intelligence to this story that spoke to me, a certain immutable malevolence that had permeated deep inside each character, making me wonder if this is where we’re all headed.
Check out the audio sample here and then buy it on Audible.com. Hey, it’s only $6.95. How can you refuse? Besides, it’s got a killer cover.
I just had the pleasure of narrating Panama Takedown, written by bestselling author Mike Pettit. It’s the first entry in his new Damian Wolf, Assassin series, and let me tell you, if the rest of the series is like this book, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.
Set in the sweatiest locales of Panama City (that’s Panama, not Florida), this tense action thriller follows Damian Wolf, highly-paid assassin for a supsersecret government agency, through his paces as he sets out to liquidate his latest target. He’s been doing this a long time, and he’s starting to show the wear. When things don’t go exactly according to script in the early stages of the job, he smells a rat. Can a double-cross be far behind?
Pettit, veteran writer of the hugely popular Jack Marsh/Key West series, keeps things moving through terse dialogue and breakneck pacing, both necessary elements in thriller writing. He allows the listener/reader to catch a breath here and there, but for the most part, you’re advised to keep your seat belt fastened.
Panama Takedown will be available very soon. I’ll let you know when it hits the stores.