Whether narrating an important non-fiction title of international strategy, or engaging in some verbal gymnastics with multiple characters and accents in a sweeping political thriller, or giving voice to corporate advisers who teach executives how to better their games, I enjoy the challenges of audiobook production. I take great pleasure in sitting down in the Dungeon studio here in Northern Virginia and launching into a voice-actor's journey accompanied by many accents, in varied locales, across the long distance of centuries of story-telling by some of the world's great authors. Here are a few samples of my non-fiction and fiction narration.
Great Powers -- International Politics
Voice: Authoritative, Knowledgeable, Engaging
In an era of high technology and instant communication, the role of geography in the formation of strategy and politics in international relations can be undervalued. Here, political scientist Jakub J. Grygiel brings to light the importance of incorporating geography into grand strategy.
Step Up -- Business Self-Help
Voice: Executive, Helpful, Encouraging
No matter what your title or place on the organization chart, you have the potential to be a leader—or more precisely, the potential to exercise leadership in the moments that matter most. Leadership is not a job title or position, but rather an action. In certain moments and situations, anyone can rise to the occasion to act as a leader. But how can you recognize these moments where leadership is required, and then know what to do?
The Worst Hard Time: Dust Bowl -- History
Voice: Storyteller, Journalist, Serious
The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. The Worst Hard Times follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out
Faiths of the Founding Fathers -- History
Voice: Knowledgeable, Engaging, Thoughtful
It is not uncommon to hear Christians argue that America was founded as a Christian nation. But how true is this claim? David L. Holmes begins with an informative account of the religious culture of the late colonial era, surveying the religious groups in each colony. In particular, he sheds light on the various forms of deism that flourished in America, highlighting the profound influence this intellectual movement had on the founding generation.
The 480 -- Political Novel, Thriller
Voice: Multiple Nationalities, Edgy Political, Male and Female
The 480, written in 1964 by novelist Eugene Burdick, foreshadowed the rise of social media and datal analytics as tools for Presidential campaigns and the ruthless operatives who fund them. It is also a profound love story between a beautiful but shy former WW II Japanese prisoner of war interned in the Philippines and the kind, brilliant American engineer whose political future hovers over their marriage. A novel way ahead of its time.
Tales of the Jazz Age -- American Literature
Voice: Southern Funny, NY Skeptical, Mid-American Storyteller
Tales of the Jazz Age is a delightful, sobering, thought-provoking, and downright curious collection of 11 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories, published after his first two novels - This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Beautiful and Damned (1922) - but before The Great Gatsby (1925).
The Virginian -- Western
Voice: Many Accents, Western, Gruff and Soft
Written first as a series of stories in the late 19th century and published later as the quintessential Western novel in the early years of the 20th century, The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister contains elements of breathtaking adventure, courage, grit, conflict, humor, and heartfelt emotions that continue to resonate in the 21st century.
The Sensitive Man -- Science Fiction
Voice: Action-Packed, Edgy, Breezy
In Poul Anderson's 1954 science-fiction thriller, Simon Dalghetty is on the trail of men who kidnapped the keeper of the keys to the fate of world order. Anderson’s tight plot, breezy dialogue, fascinating scene-setting, political foreshadowing, and well-woven characters, both good and bad, make for a fun, exciting, and future-forward glance at what may lie in store for the world in the century ahead.