New Audiobook and Great Coaching
Henry David Thoreau got it right, way back in 1849, when he called out intrusive government and slavery as two of the most pernicious problems facing the then-young nation. Add to those two vexing issues the matter of the Mexican war for which Thoreau had little care to publicly finance, and you have the core of "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience."
Throughout the narration of this modest audiobook, I had the pleasure of giving a 21st century voice to a legendary curmudgeon who saw far beyond his beloved Walden. He fretted over the future of taxation without representation, continued issues of unsettled matters of race relations, and the funding of foreign wars.
Learning the Nonfiction RopesThrough Pro Coaching
Last year, I had the pleasure of being one of Sean Allen Pratt's distance-learning nonfiction audiobook students through Sean's "Nonfiction and e-Learning Coaching."
Sean's curriculum is thoughtfully crafted to guide you through the nonfiction narration and direction process, starting with modestly-challenging texts and winding up, after 12 months, with scripts that are right out of the nonfiction audio marketplace. To be honest, there were times when I wondered what the hell I'd gotten myself into--would I ever "get" the gist of the course and improve? But Sean was there every step of the way, and I found myself enjoying the challenges of coping with everything from religious texts to major corporate e-learning audio presentations.
For my last class, and probably because I am an aging smartass, Sean gave me free rein to play with my final assignment: Describe a four-circle Venn diagram about audiobook narration.
Here is the audio of my "Final Exam:"
- Vinny's Venn Diagram
- Jim Moore
All-in-all, Sean's course prepared me to take on the nonfiction audiobook and e-learning world.