June Is Audiobook Month: The Narrators Part 1

Reprinted with permission: By Any Other Nerd Lance Eaton In my last post in this series on June Is Audiobook Month, I took time to celebrate the author as the foundation for any and all audiobooks. In this entry and the next entry, we are going to talk about the narrator–the life of the audiobook. I should warn you, this post is pretty much a fanboy rant about how wonderful narrators are. It will be filled with praise. The second post (next week) on narrators will have some critiques, but this post–not so much. Narrators are wonderful. They are. They take static words on a page and breathe life into …

Talking With… Josh Kornbluth

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 Audible.com. 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 1

FOR THE HELL OF IT VOL. 7 NO. 1 by Johnny Heller ON THE YEAR 2014 Many important things happened during the year. Sadly, I can’t remember a single thing without going to the internet and looking stuff up. A whole year and I’m not certain what happened without Google. Is that just me or are we all so used to learning about the world around us in social media sound bites that we’ve lost the facility of recall? I dunno. I do know that I can – and will – look up a few “news highlights of 2014″ and then I will go “Oh Yeah! I remember that!” And …

FOR THE HELL OF IT VOL. 6 NO. 5

July 14, 2014    by Johnny Heller ON JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER We try, most of us, not to make snap judgments. We like to believe that we are open-minded and willing to give our attention to an idea or notion that – on its face – seems suspicious.  We may not be open to stupid ideas like selling automatic weapons to psychos without a background check, but most ideas we are willing to hear out. Unless we hear that the idea, story, book, movie, notion comes from the brain of someone society has branded as politically incorrect or plain evil. I recently auditioned to narrate a wonderful book …