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Come on in and get to know your favorite audiobook professionals over a couple of cocktails!

The Audiobook Speakeasy Podcast Rich Voice Productions

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 27 Ratings

Come on in and get to know your favorite audiobook professionals over a couple of cocktails!

    Episode 75: Lauren Blakely

    Episode 75: Lauren Blakely

    My guest tonight is NYT, WSJ, and Audible #1 best-selling author Lauren Blakely!
    Lauren tells me how she ended up in a career in journalism after majoring in art history, and how that eventually morphed into being a full-time author. Lauren goes on to describe her experiences getting almost all of her books (over 50 of them!) into audio, and the importance of being able to give a voice to characters who don't share your gender. All this and much more over some green tea and a Blue Moon!
    You can find Lauren at https://laurenblakely.com, and on Twitter at @LaurenBlakely3.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.  

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 74: Kenny Pappaconstantinou

    Episode 74: Kenny Pappaconstantinou

    My guest tonight is the founder of Elephant Audiobooks, Kenny Pappaconstantinou!
    Kenny tells me how an education in music production at Berklee College of Music eventually led him into audiobook production, and how he came to found Elephant Audiobooks. Kenny also describes the importance of getting your home studio set up correctly, and not rushing the audition process. All this and more over A Terrible Idea (that's an IPA, not a poorly constructed cocktail) and a Spiced Rum Coco Martini!
    You can find Elephant Audiobooks at https://elephantaudiobooks.com, and you can reach Kenny there at info@elephantaudiobooks.com. He's also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kennypmusic.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is being brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.  

    • 57 min
    Episode 73: Ann Richardson

    Episode 73: Ann Richardson

    My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and mentor Ann Richardson!
    Ann describes the culture shock of moving from idyllic farm country in Nebraska to the San Francisco Bay Area, and how the economic crisis of 2008 led to a career re-evaluation and a move into voiceover. Ann also tells me about the classes she teaches at Voice One in San Francisco, the mentoring she does with new narrators, and the importance of investing in training and equipment. All this over some Amarula and a Toronto Cocktail!
    You can find Ann at https://hersmoothvoice.com, on Twitter at @hersmoothvoice, and on Instagram (with Herbie!) at @ann_richardson_narrator. You can find information about her Voice One classes at https://www.voiceone.com.
    Tonight's Audiobook Speakeasy episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 72: Chrissy Farrell

    Episode 72: Chrissy Farrell

    My guest tonight is audiobook post-production engineer Chrissy Farrell!
    Chrissy tells me how stage fright may have scuttled her on-air radio career aspirations, but the audio production skills she'd learned while pursuing her goals ended up landing her a job recording an audiobook. Chrissy then describes how that experience helped her land jobs at Audible Studios and then Hachette Book Group, what life is now like as an entrepreneur, and how she feels about some of the more "prickly" aspects of post-production, like breaths and pacing. All this and more over a Tart Deco Mangotango Sour IPA and a Brown Derby!
    You can find Chrissy on Twitter and Instagram at @nycradiogirl, and by email at chrissy.farrell@gmail.com.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 71: Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray

    Episode 71: Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray

    My guests tonight are partners in narration (and life!) Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray!
    Ralph and Kendra tell me how they both eventually wound up in Petaluma, California, working on radio plays, and how their love of theater led to a very unique wedding experience. We also discuss their approach to dual and duet narration, and how technology has changed the dual/duet/full-cast narration landscape. All this and more over a Hemingway Special and a couple of Buzzers!
    You can find Ralph and Kendra, the sponsors of tonight's episode, at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com, on Twitter at @SQUEAKYCHEESEVO, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/squeakycheeseproductions.  

    • 56 min
    Episode 70: Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt

    Episode 70: Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt

    My guests tonight are Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt from Penguin Random House!
    Julie and Dan discuss the genesis and evolution of AHAB, one of the tools that PRH audiobook producers use for casting. They also discuss some of the changes to AHAB that were recently implemented, and talk about their vision for AHAB going forward. All this over a virgin Mojito, some Basil Hayden's bourbon, and a Soleil!
    You can find Julie on Twitter and Instagram at @JuliannaNWilson, and you can find Dan at http://www.danzitt.com and on Twitter at @RealDanZitt.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

LenDVO ,

Well Rounded VO Podcast

Have been listening on my way to work and on long trips. It is a wonderfully diverse PC. Different from all others. A cocktail, a lil bio convo and then the main topic. Just like a regular conversation. Love it. Rich obviously knows his topics cocktails and VO. Up my ally. Thanks for adding value to the community and my process! Cheers!

StefKB ,

Must-Listen for Anyone in Audio!

I can’t express the value I get from listening to this podcast and how much I love it!! A) Rich simply does a fantastic job of finding great guests, learning about them as a person, and delving into their audiobook-related career with precision and grace. B) The guests are top-notch full of experience, fun stories, and infinite wisdom. C) Because I feel like there needs to be a “C”, there are always fun and interesting facts about alcohol :)

Earl Sewell ,

Thank you for creating this podcast

I love listening to this podcast. I have learned a great deal from the show and look forward to more awesome shows.

Earl Sewell

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