Narrator: Christopher J. Dusky
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House⎮2020
Genre: Fantasy; Humor
Release date: May 26, 2020
That is, until her playboy best friend devises a perfect, if suicidal, scheme — a heist! The Covered Bridge, the largest source of income for the city, has New Metta well under hoof. In a week, TCB Corporation pulls in enough cash to buy a small country. It's the ideal target, but security is top-notch. Granu needs three things to survive this heist: a crew of specialists, impenetrable sun protection, and gallons of grog.
There’s just one thing Granu doesn’t plan for — those damn meddling billy goats.
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Sarah J Sover’s debut novel, Double-Crossing the Bridge, released in 2019 by The Parliament House, became an Amazon Best Seller in humorous fantasy. Her short fiction was published in Jordan Con’s first exclusive anthology and has been accepted for the second, releasing in 2021. Sarah was featured in September 2019’s issue of Writer’s Digest in the “Breaking In” column and subsequently wrote a guest post about leaning into your weird side for WritersDigest.com. Additionally, Sarah’s background in ecology aided her in crafting multiple articles for Dan Koboldt’s Science in Science Fiction, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Sarah lives in John’s Creek, GA with her husband, two demanding little people, seemingly immortal snake, and rescue pup Gandalf the Grey. She enjoys blues dancing and a good IPA.
Christopher is 32 years old and living just outside of Seattle, WA. By day he works in telecommunications construction, and by evening he reads to a microphone in a padded room. In his spare time he writes adventures for D&D, plays games, and paints miniatures.
Interview with Christopher Dusky
I must have been about 12 or 13, and I was listening to David Eddings 'The Belgariad' series, as narrated by Cameron Beierle. It was a hefty five volume epic fantasy, and the narrator crushed it. Brilliantly depicted characters, engaging narration… I felt closer to the story than any other book I’d read prior, and I knew it was because of Cameron Beirle’s acting. Then I found out that the book was recorded at Books in Motion Studio in Spokane, WA... only a few miles away from where I was living. That was the first time I thought "I could totally do this. I totally WANT to do this!"
2) Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
When I first started, I spent hours panicking after submitting auditions, wondering if I was good enough. I got rejected many times, but I kept plugging away at it. The most valuable skill I learned was how to get past the panic and just walk away after submitting an audition.
3) A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
I don't have a theatre background, so I'd have to say no! The closest I have is a little over a decade of acting out characters in D&D.
4) What type of training have you undergone?
There is a wonderful organization in my area called Seattle Voice Academy that offers both classes and coaching. I signed up for every class I could afford, got some personalized coaching, and dove right into work!
5) What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
My favorite part is actually reading the book. Diving into who the characters are, what they might sound like, what their emotions are in a given scene... really finding out who they are. My least favorite part is editing out mouth clicks. Mouth clicks are the worst. I hear them everywhere now; YouTube videos, podcasts, other audiobooks. Mouth clicks are the worst.
6) What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
The play on words! Reading the title and the summary, I immediately fell in love with the concept and comedy of it. Suffice to say, I was not disappointed; I had to retake a few scenes because I couldn't actually keep a straight face.
7) Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
Oh yeah. Every little bit of feedback counts. I also harass my friends to listen, and have long conversations with them about what could be improved.
8) If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
Definitely negative. I enjoy positive feedback, but I feel that I grow more from the negative.
9) Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?
Matt Colville. I had been on the fence about trying to become a narrator, until I saw a reddit comment that he may one day want his books narrated. Since then, I’ve drawn from Priest and Thief many times for practice material.
10) What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
As Shia LaBeouf says: Just Do It! DO IT!
But first get some coaching. That's honestly the most important advice I could offer; find a professional that you respect and can work with, and learn from them.
11) What’s next for you?
I'm currently narrating "They Ate the Waitress?" by D.N. Schmidt. It’s a comedy set in a dystopian future USA… and it shows that even cannibalism can be funny!