Once upon a time, admitting to hearing voices could get you into all sorts of trouble. If your name was Joan of Arc, it could even get you burned at the stake.
My own version of hearing voices, though, was a lot more entertaining. Once I got over the surprise, that was.
I know it’s the nature of a surprise to be…well… surprising. But as I get older, fewer and fewer things appear truly unexpected. Maybe it’s a sign of how much control we have – or try to exert – over our lives, maybe it’s just the way things work. Or maybe I’m getting jaded as well as old. The fact remains that when something happens that you haven’t even considered an option… it makes for an amazing day!
So when I got an email telling me that Job Hunt was being turned into an audiobook and could I please review the attached auditions and choose my favourite narrator… I was left properly speechless.
Once I recovered from that, and had picked my jaw up off the floor, I was faced with a tricky question: does it matter for an audiobook what Jack sounds like? Clearly, it matters to me. The dratted man is in my head more often than not and I know when it’s his voice I’m hearing. The same goes for Gareth and – strangely enough, Skylar and Aidan.
Of the whole Power of Zero ‘verse, those four have the most distinctive voices. And they mean something to me. But now that Job Hunt is out there, and everyone who reads it sees and hears their version of Jack and not mine… does it matter more that the narrator has the right voice and a British accent or that he uses inflections the same way Jack would? Or does it matter more that his voice draws the listener into the story and keeps them there?
I had fourteen audition clips to listen to. And it took me almost a week to decide on my favourite three. I’m told that my first choice narrator has agreed to read Job Hunt for the audiobook version and I’m looking forward to November, when it’s due to be released.
One of the stranger things I had to do since getting published, I’m sure. Exciting. And a little bit scary…