I just bought The Search in audio format, and I wanted to encourage all of you to do the same. Why? Well, because it’s my voice reading the book. It took me a long time, and it’s very, very hard to do – the engineers are sticklers for pacing, inflection, pronunciation, and the like. I thought it would be easy – after all, I did play Nathan Detroit in my high school’s production of Guys and Dolls – but I was in that damn studio for the better part of two weeks. It was hard work, yet I really wanted to do it – the idea of having a record of my work, in my own voice, where my inflections and nuances were preserved, well, that struck me as a neat idea.
This audio book has been available for some time – in fact, I’m told it’s already a best seller for Audible (it don’t take much, folks) – but I have not pushed it here because I was waiting for Audible to make a special landing page for Searchblog readers (yes, I get a small cut, like with Amazon). They’ve finally done it, and you can buy it here. If you become an Audible member ($9.95 a year), you get the book free. That’s pretty cool. (You can also get the book on iTunes, if that’s your method of choice.)
Many will ask why I went with Audible instead of streaming a home brewed podcast. In a word, professionalism. I don’t have the time, money, or inclination to figure out how to execute the quality of work the engineers and producers did on this product. By the next product, I hope that will no longer be the case.
If you get the book and listen to it, please by all means tell me what you think. I’m working on a new chapter for the paperback now, stay tuned for more on that.