The Narrator and Audiobooks – Our Interview with Narrator Joel Leslie (Audiobooks Part II)
Last Sunday, I started our conversation about the fast-rising audiobook industry with my blog Are You Listening Now? The Popularity of Audiobooks. This Sunday, that conversation continues with The Narrator and Audiobooks – Our Interview with Narrator Joel Leslie (Audiobooks Part II).
As I have said before, and as reviewers/listeners we have noted many times in our reviews, a good or great narrator makes or breaks an audiobook. It doesn’t matter that you have read it before. Listening to a book makes it fresh once more. It gives a reader a new and different perspective. Often times I hear things I missed in the story, or catch things from a narrator’s inflection that highlights a previously hidden element. I love that about this format.
Also the opposite is true. A narrator you don’t connect with, or one with a flat delivery, or monotone voice…well, that can sink a terrific story faster than a lead anchor. So what’s the key? How to get some insight into those people behind the voices we love to listen to?
Well I was so lucky to hook up with the very talented Joel Leslie who agreed to answer some questions for me. A favorite narrator for both Barb, our Zany Old Lady and Ali, I was delighted to have this chance to talk audiobooks, voices and favorite genres. Here is my interview with Theatrical Director, Designer, and Audiobook Narrator Joel Froomkin , known to most of the LGBTQIA listeners of audiobooks as Narrator Joel Leslie. For you authors out there thinking of putting your story out on audio? Hmmm, I think you might find this as enlightening as our readers.
Welcome, Joel, to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. We love our audiobooks here, including several you have narrated including Dinner at Fiorello’s by Rick R. Reed and Ali’s Audiobook Review of Desert Heat and Native Tongue by Lucy Felthouse. I have so many questions for you but these were the first ones that came to mind.
My Interview with Joel Leslie
- How did you get started with narrating audiobooks?
- Do you listen to audiobooks yourself and was that an element in your career or just a plus?
- What is the hardest part of narrating a story?
- And the easiest?
- I can remember listening to books being read to me as a child. How they were read had a huge impact on me. Using different voices, no matter how silly it might have seen to the adult (bears, rabbits…you know…childrens books). The same carries over here. In some stories, you play many characters where there are different pov. Or do you only narrate stories with a singular pov?
- I would imagine, being a narrator lets you go into any genre you want…am I correct in that? Or do you have a particular favorite
- What’s your favorite types of stories to read or listen to?
- What current projects are you working on that you want to share with our readers?
Absolution, the first in the protectors series by Sloane Kennedy just came out, as did Fame and Fortune by TM Smith. Upcoming things I’m really excited about are the sequel to Black Balled called Hard Edit by Andrea Smith and Eva Lenoir, the second book in the Red Dirt Heart series by NR Walker and The Naked Prince and Other Fairy Tales by Joe Cosentino.
- If you were an bard of old….how would you start your story of your life and what would it be called?
Thank you, Joel, that was a wonderful interview. I’m sure there are many more questions rumbling about inside my head. I hope you will stop back by Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for another conversation about narration and audiobooks and any future projects you want to share with us.
To listen to Joel, here are three different excerpts:
- Desert Foxe by Haley Walsh: https://soundcloud.com/jojofro-1/desert-foxe-by-haley-walsh
- Treasure by Kim Fielding: https://soundcloud.com/jojofro-1/treasure-by-kim-fielding
- Absolution by Sloane Kennedy: https://soundcloud.com/jojofro-1/absolution-by-sloane-kennedy
If you want to reach out to Joel, we have listed his contacts below. We also have a giveaway today for our readers brought to you by Joel who is giving away 10 copies, yes 10 winners… the winners could choose the first book in any of my series they wanted to try (Skyler Foxe, The Protectors, Jimmy McSwain Mysteries, All Cocks, or Black Balled)!
About Joel Froomkin
Joel is a UK transplant, growing up with an American parents in a British commonwealth. He is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of both American and British sounds. His wit and comedic timing also appeal to producers. He has developed a strong body of work for young audience, historical, fantasy, new-adult, romance and m/m fiction.
His author’s have praised him as “a narrator among narrators, a man whose ability to create different characters rests on the power of his voice and his impeccable delivery”, and a “true delight…” “legendary, and his professionalism, good humor, and charm make him a dream to work with”, “Anyone else would only be second best”.
Joel records under two names, for mainstream and children’s fiction as Joel Froomkin, and for m/m and adult material under Joel Leslie and has consistent access to home studio for all production needs.
- www.joelfroomkin.com/audiobook-narration is my website…
- Even better is my Facebook page “Joel Leslie Narration”
- Or they can follow me on twitter at joellesliefro @joelfroomkin
This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, September 18:
- The Narrator and Audiobooks – Our Interview with Narrator Joel Froomkin (also known as Joel Leslie)(Audiobooks Part II)
- This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
- A Paul B Audiobook Review: The Autumn Lands by J Scott Coatsworth
Monday, September 19:
- Riptide Tour and Giveaway ~ Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Dad’s Nerdy New Boyfriend by JM Snyder
- An Alisa Release Day Review: Power Bottom by Rowan McAllister
- A Lila Release Day Review: Safe House (Buchanan House #4) by Charley Descoteaux
- A Paul Review: Orion’s Circle (Sirius Wolves # 1) byVictoria Sue
Tuesday, September 20:
- Release Blitz & Tour – Sweet Summer Sweat by Clare London
- An Alisa Review: Broke by Amanda Young
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Pill Bugs of Time (Offbeat Crimes #2) by Angel Martinez
- An Ali Review: Looking for Group by Alexis Hall
- A Stella Review: Three More Wishes by Sean Michael
Wednesday, September 21:
- Its Release Day for Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest Anthology (QSF Flash Fiction #2) by J. Scott Coatsworth , Angel Martinez , et al.
- Series Recap Tour – Guns n’ Boys by KA Merikan
- A Stella Review: Resistance (Village Love #1) by Lillian Francis
- A MelanieM Release Day Review: Taming the Wyld by Lucie Archer
- A Ali Review: David, Renewed by Diana Copland
Thursday, September 22:
- Riptide Tour and Giveaway: Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt
- A Stella Review: Gambling on Love by by Jane Davitt
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Run for it All by Carolyn Levine Topol
- An Alisa Audiobook Review: The Queen & the Homo Jock King (At First Sight #2) by T.J. Klune and Michael Lesley (Narrator)
Friday, September 23:
- Keep Me In Mind tour: Deanna Wadsworth ‘Too Good To Be True‘ (Excerpt and Giveaway)
- In the Spotlight: Immortal Watch by Olivia Helling (blitz, excerpt and giveaway)
- An Alisa Audiobook Review: Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)
- An Ali Releases Day Review: Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne
- An Alisa Audiobook Review: Model Citizen (Haven Investigations #1) by Lissa Kasey and Mike Pohlable (Narrator)
Saturday, September 24:
- A MelanieM Review: Wriggle & Sparkle by Megan Derr