Musings, Amusings, and Audio Bites

Josh Kornbluth is a comedic monologuist, operating out of the San Francisco area. He was also the co-writer, co-director, and star of Haiku Tunnel (2003)—the office comedy that seems to bridge the gap from the film, Office Space to the TV series, The Office. This past fall, Josh Kornbluth released, Ben Franklin: Unplugged: … And Other Comic Monologues on I finally had an opportunity to listen to it and was so entertained, I had to stalk—I mean hunt down—I mean talk to Josh Kornbluth about his audiobook experiences. Eaton: Can you talk about your method for developing your monologues? Kornbluth: I developed them all through improvisations. I found when …


FOR THE HELL OF IT VOL. 7 NO. 4 by Johnny Heller ON REVIEWS AND SUCH…. It’s always nice to get a wonderful review in Audiofile Magazine or Publishers Weekly. It feels good. Good reviews tend to validate your choice to become an actor who does audiobooks. It says: “I am being recognized and my work is being commended. I am good.” But does it? Does it really? I am certain that a good review does say that the reviewer who said nice things thinks you did a good job. But what is the relationship between good reviews in an industry magazine or blog and the sales of the audiobook? …


Reprinted with permission: By Any Other Nerd by Lance Eaton In the last post, I gushed an awful lot about narrators. I couldn’t help it. They have changed my life in profound ways. This week, we’ll explore a few other elements around narrators that aren’t necessarily as positive. Author as Narrator It needs to be said: most authors do not make good narrators, even when it comes to telling personal stories such as memoirs. There are definitely exceptions to the rule but usually when an author delivers a good narration, they have experience in radio or acting, thus transferring previously established skills. I root for authors as narrators but they …


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2015 AUDIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OUT!  Johnny Heller is nominated in Sci Fi for his work narrating The Beam by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant from Podium with RCBray, Jeffrey Kafer, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan, Ralph Lister, Eric Martin, Chris Patton, Ray Chase, Rachel Fulginiti, Brian Holsopple, Emily Woo Zeller and Steven Bowlby.

Johnny is also nominated in the Inspirational Faith Based Non-Fiction category for Steel Will by Shilo Harris for EChristian.

The Audies will be presented May 28! And the Naudies are the same night! So come join us at one or the other.

Johnny will be teaching an audio book workshop with Scott Brick, Jeffrey Kafer, Carol Monda and others on May 26 from 10-4:30 at the Beacon Hotel.  Send us a note for information or check out his Face Book page.

May 27th is APAC at the Javits. Come on down! Meet Johnny and Jo Anna and all our narrator friends.  Go to the APA site for information -

CLASSES/COACHING:  Watch this space for new AudioBook Narration and Commercial VO Course listings from Backstage University and taught by Johnny  at DuArt Studios! Go to to sign up.  You can also work with Johnny via in Manhattan or via skype.  Or – just contact Johnny for more info.


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Abbreviated Audio is proud to present  The Tomb That Ruth Built  written by Troy Soos, and narrated by Johnny Heller.  A Common Mode – Abbreviated Audio production.

Mickey Rawlings is back! The Roaring Twenties: America is dancing to jazz, gangsters are selling bootleg liquor, and the New York Yankees are building a baseball dynasty. In 1923, Yankee Stadium opens and Babe Ruth is about to lead the team to its first world’s championship. But the promising season gets off to an ominous start when the body of a murdered bootlegger is found buried in the new ballpark.

The Tomb That Ruth Built is a fantastic listen. Johnny Heller is Mickey Rawlings…” - Rockinbear Reviews

“Rawlings turns double plays and solves murders with equal grace.” – Publishers Weekly