Author: Nick Sullivan
Narrator: Nick Sullivan
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes
Publisher: Wild Yonder Press⎮2018
Series: Caribbean Dive Adventure, Volume 1
Release date: May 1, 2018
Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Diver’s Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.
From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.
"The age-old adage of ‘write what you know’ becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this." - Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of "Fallen Out".
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Nick Sullivan has woven a suspenseful and thrilling tale in Deep Shadow. Having never been to the ABC Islands or scuba diving, I felt like I was right there experiencing it all. Sullivan must be very knowledgeable of both because his story came off flawlessly. If you are a fan of crime novels you will love Deep Shadows.
Who better to narrated your story than well, yourself. Since Sullivan wrote the book, he knew exactly what he wanted to convey in the narration. I felt that this made the story even more compelling.
Nick Sullivan was fantastic on both sides!
Born in East Tennessee, NICK SULLIVAN has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. Nick has been an avid scuba diver for many years and his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired this series. His first novel, “Zombie Bigfoot”, hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.
NICK SULLIVAN has been narrating audiobooks for over twenty years, recording over four hundred titles and receiving numerous AudioFile Earphones and Audie nominations and awards. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at many U.S. theaters. His TV credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
~~~Interview with Nick Sullivan~~~
- When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator? Listening to Dick Estell’s “Radio Reader” in the 70’s. And my father recorded for the blind when I grew up. Then, driving 12 hours between Tennessee, various regional theaters, and New York, I listened to audiobooks constantly. It was during one of those drives that I thought “Yeah… I want to do this.”
- How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance? I was at an audition and saw a notice on a cork board, asking from actors to narrate books for the blind for charity, for the Jewish Braille Institute. I put the number in my pocket. The next week I was shooting an NYU film, and the actress who was playing my wife said she recorded for Talking Books. I took their number. On lunch break I went to this device that used to exist, a “pay phone” and made two calls. First, to Jewish Braille, offering to narrate that week. Then to Talking Books… letting them know I “had experience narrating audiobooks… although I wasn’t available until the following week. I taught voice and speech at Rutgers and was good at accents, so I was able to convince them to see me. By the end of that next week, I’d made my first money as a narrator, with “A Day No Pigs Would Die”.
- A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career? I used to think that, but I’ve met some VERY skilled narrators that didn’t start as actors. And a few went the other way, getting into theater, tv/film AFTER starting in narration.
- Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it? No to the first, yes to the second. I really enjoy narrating across all genres, and it seems like every company I work for has me in a different niche so I get to do that! I have occasionally gotten an offer and told them they really should get a female narrator… or a native Brit… and in once case, the main character had a LOT of dialogue and was from Chicago. That accent is my kryptonite… I just sound like the SNL “Da Bears” sketch, so I turned it down. Why use me when Johnny Heller is FROM there?
- How did you decide how each character should sound in this title? I create a “VoiceScape” for everyone in the book, noting every single thing the author gives me about where a character is from, their physical appearance, personality, speech quirks. Then I just let the information form the voice… though I always go through and make sure I don’t have characters that are going to be too similar side by side.
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go? Where did THIS question come from? Umm… I’d probably need to confer with scientists and philosophers before doing that. Left to my own devices, I’d probably go back and try to buy Apple stock at $5, pick up a Hell’s Kitchen Apartment in my name for $30,000, try to stop 9/11… but then I’d step on a bug or something and kill us all.
- Do you read reviews for your audiobooks? Sometimes. It’s interesting, I know so many narrators who have declared “I stopped reading reviews”; and then I narrated a book by a mindfulness guru who sited a psychological study that a “negative occurrence” has about four times the weight as a positive one. And I think that’s true! We all want to be liked… so when you see a negative review, you want to say “Why don’t they like me?” One of the biggest names in the biz (I won’t say who) got all wound up by this incredibly tiny amount of bad reviews. It’s really like everywhere else in life, you can’t please everyone. I just do my best to please the author! I always appreciate “author approval” auditions for title assignment. It’s a good start to know that they chose your voice and performance.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? I feel like I hear that less and less every year. It IS a different experience, I’ll give you that. The narrator IS going to influence how you experience the book… and that’s not always going to be a good thing.
- What’s next for you? Nick the Writer is 30,000 words into “Zombie Bigfoot” sequel… but first I have to narrate a space opera sci-fi, three short romance double headers, and Wayne Stinnett’s upcoming thriller, “Enduring Charity”!
- Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio? The engineers at Talking Books made a “mix tape”: they collected years of actors laughing uncontrollably, narrating extremely steamy sentences, belching impressively, going on a rant about run on sentences. We had no idea they were saving these snippets and it was HYSTERICAL.