The Voice I’ve Never Heard
I know his name, I know his voice, but I’ve not listened to him. Tim Goodman is the other ‘me’. He’s the audio narrator of the Bryant & May novels. His dulcet tones recently won him another top industry award for audiobook reading when he claimed his third Audiofile Earfones award for Outstanding Narration. Everyone says he’s a perfect fit for the job.
So popular is he that my audio book team at Audible receive lots of letters demanding to know when the next book will be out. But I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to him – it’s part of an ongoing problem I have with other versions of my own stuff. I’ve never seen my movie ‘Through the Eyes of a Killer’ with Tippi Hedren, and only recently got around to listening to my play ‘The Lady Downstairs’ read by Hannah Gordon.
I did, however, watch about a dozen short student films based on my stories (I allow any film student to make them into shorts gratis provided they send me a copy) and some were brilliant.
But not Bryant & May audio. Audible kindly sent me a full set, which I’ve been steeling myself to play for ages.
Now all this may be about to change. Not only am I going to hear them, I may be about to meet Mr Goodman for the first time. Audible has come up with an idea to record our first meeting and add it as an extra to the discs, which should be interesting.
A gentleman named Gordon Griffin was the narrator for my memoir ‘Paperboy’, and one day rang me up to find out what I sounded like. ‘After all,’ he pointed out, ‘I have to be you.’ That was unnerving.
Before Audible came along my books went onto cassettes – remember those? ‘Spanky’ was narrated by comedian Rob Newman (of Newman and Baddiel). I met him at the recording session, and he was charming.
Although I spent half my working life in recording studios, I do think it’s better that authors stay out of the way of audio sessions for their books. It always surprises me when an author gives a lousy radio interview, but in the UK nobody gives you any training – and it’s needed for going into a studio live.
I’d love to write more audio plays. That can be a long-term plan, but for now I’m off to listen to Mr Goodman!