July 16, 2013

Episode 16: Simon Prebble, audiobook voce

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He’s been called the “audio heartthrob” and the “master of romance,” and now he’s mine. Allllll mine. At least, for the next 38 minutes or so. I speak of Simon Prebble, arguably the most in-demand voice actor in the world of audiobooks, and the man whose mesmerizing British baritone made me a fan of novels ranging from Raven’s Gate to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Thanks to one of you loyal listeners, Prebble is also the featured interview in my latest podcast, which focuses on the underhanded, low-down, seedy world of recorded books.

Actually, there isn’t anything particularly seedy or low-down about the world of recorded books. But if Prebble were to read that sentence out loud, it would sound awesome. Know what else sounds awesome? When Prebble offers a dramatic reading of a Tweet by Katy Perry.

Which he does. Just for you.

By the way, how long does it take to record an unabridged novel about fairies, anyway? And what does it pay? Or, maybe the better phrase would be, what does it not pay? Here, Prebble offers all the dish, and in the same voice he used to win his Audie Award!
Also in this episode: All about Vocaloids. If you’re Japanese, you have to know what those are, or you lose your prefecture citizenship. But, because I have listeners living outside the Harajuku District, it’s about time I explained Vocaloids to the rest of you. 

Plus! Exclusive insight from music industry insider and Nerd-Out podcast co-host Lisa Jenkins.

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  1. I loved your interview with Mr. Prebble.

  2. Really great job getting Mr. Prebble to open up about his experiences in the audiobook industry. I managed to glean quite a bit. Especially enjoyed learning about his process, and the inordinate amount of responsibilities the publishing companies are foisting upon him.

    As for the bit about Vocaloids becoming popular in America, the EDM movement seems pretty similar. Sure there's a live person present, but I imagine his only purpose is to stand behind an elaborate setup and play pre-recorded sequences of music. In the end, however, you are probably correct that it will never catch on, because....how can I put this without offending any Asians? Americans don't posses the imagination to fetishize or idolize animated characters. We require a live human being on stage to project our misguided fantasies onto. Although perhaps so long as the Vocaloid music was able to enhance the experience of certain drugs it might be embraced by the same crowd? How would you compare EDM/Vocaloids and the cultural preferences necessary to enjoy them?