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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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