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Review: Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

BookList just came out with a great review of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, by Will Hermes, a book I recorded for Blackstone Audio a while ago:

"Music critic and New York native Hermes’ survey of New York City (from South Bronx and East Harlem to Midtown and the Lower East Side) musical doings during the 1970s features a cast of characters as diverse as the city. Bruce Springsteen rubs shoulders with salsa music giant Willie Colón and hip-hop founders Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Verner voices the incredibly varied personalities with feeling and exhibits a credible mastery of accents and vernaculars. The account relates historical and biographical details of musicians Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Philip Glass, among others, paying particular attention to cross-genre interaction and mutual pollination of ideas. The “loft jazz scene” is viewed as a vital component to New York music, and the many unexpected crossovers and influences between widely divergent music categories and styles come across as a natural process in Verner’s precise rendition. A gloriously twisted musical history presented in a highly entertaining manner."

— Mike Tribby (July 2012)


You Deserve Nothing Review

Just got a great review in for You Deserve Nothing, a wonderful fiction title I narrated a while back for Tantor audio, the narration team included the spectacularly talented Cassandra Campbell and Dan John Miller.

 You Deserve Nothing.
Alexander Maksik (author)
Jan. 2012. 8hr. Tantor, CD, $71.99 (9781452635477).
REVIEW. First published June 15, 2012 (Booklist Online).

Will Silver is a popular teacher at an international school in France, but when he begins an affair with student Marie, it’s only a matter of time before he falls from grace. The story is read by three actors. Campbell portrays insecure Marie in tones that show the teen’s alternating feelings of desperation and happiness. Adam Verner reads the part of shy Gilad, shifting his tones to show the lonely and socially unaware lad gaining confidence and friends and eventually losing respect for his teacher. When Gilad confronts his abusive father, Verner’s intense reading makes us want to stand up and cheer. Dan John Miller reveals Silver as a conflicted, depressed, and directionless man. He captures Silver’s pleasure in his students’ admiration as well as his lack of emotion during his affair with Marie. All three narrators do exceptional jobs with a variety of accents (French, Irish, Middle Eastern, and more) and some French text. A thoughtful debut novel.

— Laurie Hartshorn


Crater - Audio Book Review

And the review is in!  Check out the new review by Audio File Magazine for Crater, a great young-adult science fiction book by Homer Hickam.  Produced by Oasis Audio.

Homer Hickam
Read by Adam Verner

Adam Verner delivers an adventure story set in the 22nd century, when humankind moves into the final frontier. Fossil fuels are depleted, so corporations are surface mining the moon, specifically for Helium-3. Sixteen-year-old miner and tinkerer Crater Trueblood is an orphan who works in the Moontown mining camp. Verner nimbly uses his voice to make Crater and those involved in his escapades instantly recognizable. In particular, Crater has a complex relationship with his sidekick, a gillie—a synthetic, semi-sentient life-form and smartphone rolled into one. Through his varied tone Verner consistently maintains the aura of uneasiness that is part of living in an environment in which one must constantly think about life-support systems. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]

Young Adult Young Adult • 8 hrs. • Unabridged • ©2012


The Voice of SpotOn

Recently I was hired to voice the introductory video for SpotOn.com, a new rewards service.  I love this kind of job because I really get to bring "myself" to the work, there are a few embellishments that fit the style :)

Check it out:


The New Site Arrives!

Finally the new site, business cards, and brand arrives!  Natural Voice best describes my niche and what I do best, from commercials to audio books.  This new site runs on the SquareSpace platform, which I've been wanting to try out for a while.  It managed to import this blog pretty seamlessly from WordPress, though the categories are not perfect yet.  All the images came through perfectly though!

The main aspect I want to tinker with is the audio players.  Right now I'm using JW Player, which, while quite flexible, comes across a little clunky right now.  It may be as simple as finding the right skin.