Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

101. An Interview with Audiobook Narrator Renee Raudman, Part I

While at RWA, I met with Renee Raudman, audiobook narrator, and asked her some of the questions that folks asked after her first interview with the podcast.  We talk about how the audiobook world and the author world used to be separate, but are now becoming closer as authors self publish their audiobooks and pursue the unique or signature performances of a particular narrator. We discuss new audiences for audiobooks, including young readers, and what she’s working on presently.

Special note: Curran makes a brief appearance. Sort of.

Then, because we’re still talking about young reader recommendations, I share a listener email from Sally, who recommends one book, but dude. DUDE. I wanna read this book RIGHT NOW.

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

And because I said I’d link to it: the WorldCat library (US) listing for The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman.


This podcast is brought to you by Signet Eclipse, publisher of Hillbilly Rockstar—the sexy new Blacktop Cowboys novel from New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James.

Country music star Devin McClain understands there’s a downside to life in the public eye, but the laidback Wyoming cowboy has never imagined he’d attract crazed fans who would do anything to garner his attention. When veiled threats become real, he agrees to hire a discreet security detail. But Devin is shocked when that bodyguard is a hard-bodied woman. He’s even more stunned to be attracted to the steely-eyed stunner.

Former soldier Liberty Masterson’s return to civilian life has been fraught with challenges until she lands a job with a prestigious security firm. But when she agrees to provide personal protection during a cross-country tour, she doesn’t realize she has signed up to masquerade as the playboy star’s girlfriend. Though she’s more comfortable in combat boots than high heels, she has no choice but to appear to be the sexy groupie Devin prefers.

Living in close quarters causes the chemistry between them to ignite, and Devin realizes he wants to turn their charade of a romance into reality. Although Liberty surrenders to his every whim behind closed doors, she fears the sexy country star doesn’t see the real her; and Devin can’t help but worry when the tour ends that there might not be enough between them to build something that won’t fade away….

You can find Hillbilly Rockstar wherever books are sold, on sale August 5, 2014!


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    appomattoxco says:

    Great podcast. I use audio books the same way as you did with your son. they are fantastic for distraction when I know my chronic pain wont let me sleep. I can lie in the dark and doze if I do find that one comfy way to lie.

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    mel burns says:

    Great interview with Renee Raudman. I had a hell of a start this morning and listening to the two of you was very calming……very enjoyable…..thanks for the podcast.

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    library addict says:

    A very informative and entertaining interview. I wish I liked audio books more. I have tried a number of them and often find myself disagreeing with the way the narrator reads one or more of the characters. I realize they need to differentiate between characters and changing their voice is an easy way to do that. This is particularly true in series with multiple recurring and main characters. Sometimes a female narrator will make a male character sound like a surfer dude when that isn’t at all how the character is described in the book(s) as an example.

    Another issue is the narrator reading too slow. A tip I picked up from somewhere online is to listen to the book at 1.5 times speed. Some apps allow for this, some do not. There aren’t many books I have successfully listened to at 2 times speed as that often makes the book sound as if it is being narrated by chipmunks.

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    I would hate to listen to an audiobook of something I’d written. (Except that the existence of an audiobook of my writing would be, you know, a good thing.) I can barely read what I write as it is. Listening to it? Gah.

    We used to listen to audiobooks on road trips occasionally when I was a kid. But I haven’t listened to one in years. I’ve thought of trying, though. Maybe have one to listen to on my walks?

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    SB Sarah says:

    @Library Addict:

    I routinely listen to audiobooks at 1.25x or 1.5x speed. The standard narration is too slow for me and I get irritated, especially if I’m walking at a fast pace. But the increased speed doesn’t always make them sound like chipmunks on the apps I use, so it’s all good.

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    Sarah says:

    Ahh THE UNLIKELY ROMANCE OF KATE BJORKMAN! I LOVE that book! I got it out of the library many, many times, and now I have it as an e-book. Highly recommended!

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    Kilian Metcalf says:

    I love audio books, especially for long drives to neighboring states. Some books are better to listen to than to read. Example: Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Men reading the men’s voices, women reading the women’s voice, and actual music and singers for the hymns of God’s Gardeners.

    I wonder about something, though. Why do they call them narrators when what they are doing is reading a book out loud?

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    TheoLibrarian says:

    As I listened to this, I kept thinking, “why does Renee’s voice sound so very familiar?” And then I realized: I had just spent a chunk of my work day listening to an audiobook she narrated! She really is fantastic.

    I listen to audiobooks every day. I have been doing a lot of monotonous database tasks at work lately and an audiobook makes that so much more pleasant. I also listen on my commute (an hour each way) and whenever I’m cleaning or walking at home.  Audiobooks are the best.  Thanks for highlighting them with more interviews with Renee!

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