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Black Ships Audiobook and Update

I was just listening to the brand new Black Ships audiobook, which is out in the UK. Clare Corbett reads Black Ships beautifully, but it's a somewhat surreal experience for me! I have always heard Gull speaking with my voice, and to suddenly hear her speaking with a British accent throws me entirely! Of course I know in reality Gull isn't "speaking" English at all, and therefore it doesn't matter what her accent is, but I am used to Gull sounding like me! It's a lovely performance, and you can hear it here: http://www.wfhowes.co.uk/catalogue/titles.php?&t=3613 If you scroll down the page there's an MP3 clip you can sample.

The other thing that struck me about it is how much better Black Ships lends itself to an audio format than many books -- I am an auditory learner, and I read to myself out loud when I'm writing, so I suppose I am more conscious than most people of the sound of the words, thinking of them as though they were meant to be said on stage, as though my first person narrator were intending to perform them. It really, truly works listening to it read as though Gull were telling the story. Go listen! It's very neat!

In other things, Hand of Isis comes out in less than two months! I'm very excited that that there have already been a couple of good reviews. Right now I'm working on the revisions for Stealing Fire, the one after Hand of Isis that will be published in 2010. It was interesting to take a little break from the death of Alexander the Great and go all the way back to the Bronze Age with Gull.


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Jan. 30th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
It's official. Am smitten. I started reading HOI on Wednesday evening but then realised that I don't want to stop-start-read it, it has to be one loooooooooooooooong read, so I'm saving it for this weekend. I love the atmosphere you create at the beginning of the novel - it completely sets the scene. Please be aware that I will be bugging you for an interview after the fact!
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it! And I would love to do an interview for you when you get done.
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
But everyone knows English was spoken in Britain before it was spoken in America. And whatever Gull spoke was spoken before that. Therefore a British accent is closer to how Gull spoke. QED. (Am now picturing Gull played by Patrick Stewart, which is just wrong in so many ways.)

PS My HOI arrived last week, but I'm saving it until I can ENJOY it properly. The way work is going, that might not be for a while...
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I can't quite see Gull played by Patrick Stewart! Lydias, maybe.... Though I think PS would make a better Ptolemy. I visualize Gull as looking like a very young Olivia Hussey, or perhaps Helena Bonham Carter. Charmian is a different type entirely. Miranda Otto, maybe. But I'm not sure who I would cast for Lydias.

I hope you enjoy Hand of Isis, and I'll look forward to hearing what you think!
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Well, The Illiad does come from a verbal transmission:)
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
It does indeed! And I very much had that in mind when I started Gull's story -- that this should read as though she were telling it in an oral tradition. I'm very, very happy with the way the UK audiobook came out! The end bit, when she reads the author's note in an American accent, is the strangest, because this is literally my voice, not Gull's, but it's not at all my accent. I have a very definite Southern accent myself, a long way from flat Midwestern broadcast standard of American tv.
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
It sounds great! I'm not clear on whether US folks can buy it, though, what with it being listed for pounds.
Feb. 5th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know? There's probably a way to do it...
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, Jo, that looks great! :-) Downloading the audio as I type this, looking forward to hearing the entire reading. :-) Will have the review up soon! :-)
Feb. 5th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think it sounds wonderful too!

You did get your review copy of Hand of Isis, right? I asked my publisher to send you one in early December.
Feb. 5th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to lie - I didn't get it, but not due to anything that went wrong from the publisher's side. :-( The post offices here in SA couldn't spell 'proceedure' if it crept up behind them and... They never notified me that it had arrived, and even though I was there every weekend, they told me nothing had arrived - because none of them filled the details in where they were supposed to so that I would know. We call this 'Africa Rules'. I also didn't get the signed copy of Peter F Hamilton's The Temporal Void that I won. :-( But on the bright side, Liz de Jager arranged with Little Brown to send me a copy, so I'm waiting patiently. :-) Thank you for sending the copy, Jo; they said they sent it back, so maybe it'll pop up at the publishers soon.
Feb. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! I hope it gets to you soon! And I hope you enjoy it.

Feb. 7th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I will; I know that Liz is incredibly impressed with it! I absolutely love your writing style and voice, so it's a no-brainer. :-)
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