I have listened to a few audiobooks in my life and some of them were just down right awful. Why? Because of the narrator and their story telling ability or lack of. They spoke in a dull monotone and when dialogue took place it sounded like the professor on Ferris Buellor.
I am character at heart so I thought, hey, I can do this. Well, I had no idea how difficult it truly was going to be. It took several weekends at the studio at Highland Pictures to start off and each time I could feel my voice and attention diminishing as the hours of the day progressed. All I can say is drink lots of water for those traveling into this new realm for their book.
The hardest part of the entire process was getting the character voices down. I literally had to come up with a dozen different voices and I really wanted to bring the essence of The Orb of Truth out through the voices. I worked with Adrian Collins, the producer at Highland Pictures, to get several of the voices with enhancements to the vocals which truly brings the book to life. When you listen to it you will know what I'm talking about...WOW!
I brought in a special guest for the female voices (as I clearly would not be able to pull that one off) and this just brought a new element to storytelling. Manna Ko blew me away. She flew in special just for this and surprised me when I picked her up at the hotel and she greeted me in full costume of the beloved character named Raina...the Sheldeen Mystic Elf. (see pics below) Manna is Raina!
I also had another guest come along for a small but important part. Tom Modifica, Jr is my step-son and he plays the voice of a special character that I wanted to introduce everyone to in the sequel, The Dragon God. The character is a gnome named Trillius and should be a fan favorite so we added in a special introduction to this character at the very end for the coming soon segment. Tom also played a character in The Orb as I was having difficulty with a voice and having him on the set was great so we recorded that section while he was there and it turned out beautiful.
I truly believe The Orb of Truth is something special in the way of audiobooks and Adrian Collins, Producer at Highland Pictures, did an incredible job. Thank you Adrian!
Special thanks to Manna Ko for her insight, her love, and her amazing support on this crazy adventure of mine. Thank you!