First Negative Review for Audio Version of ‘Echoes’.

From America, I’ve had my first negative review for the Audio version of ‘Echoes’. I have to say its a little bit harsh. Although, after looking at his other reviews he does seem to be harsh with everyone.

 
My response to Alpha20’s review is the following.

 
I am sorry that you did not enjoy the Audio version of ‘Echoes of a Storm’, and as a paying customer you have every right to have your say. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write and post a review. Something I wish other people would do more often; although I would hope for a more positive reaction.

 
However, I feel your review is overly harsh (although it is in keeping with your other reviews) and I of course totally disagree with all your comments especially about the narrator.

 
I fully support my choice of voice actress and I think she had done a wonderful job of bringing the book alive. From the many positive comments and posts I have received, I can say with confidence that the vast majority of my Readers and Listeners agree with me.

 
As for my story being boring, that is your point of view and I respect that.

 
I hope you find something more to your taste

 
Kind regards
Alan.

Reviews are really important Ladies and Gentleman, please (yes I know I sound like a broken record) if you enjoy any of my novels in any format, leave a review. I do read them all.

 
If you want to read Alpha20’s review the link is below
https://www.audible.com/…/B073GC…/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl…

Cheers
Alan

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How to get the Fantasy Novel “Echoes of a Storm” in both Kindle and Audio Format in the USA or UK From Amazon For Less Than a Price of a decent Cup of Coffee

I want people to read “Echoes”, and hopefully the rest of the Storm Series, and you really do need to hear the highly talented, American voice actress Cari Scholtens, who voices the Audio edition.
So when I discovered three cheap way for you to buy both or either I thought I would share . Please note this only works in the USA and UK.
The first way – You already have ‘Echoes’ on Kindle
If you have already bought the Kindle edition of ‘Echoes of a Storm’ then because of the Whispersync from Amazon you can buy the Audio version for only £2.99. that’s a huge saving of £16.40 on the audio version. Simply go to ‘Echoes page’ and click on Audio book.
The second way – You own neither.
If you own neither, then simply buy the Kindle edition first (remember you can download the Kindle app onto most devices) in the USA this will cost you $1.29 in the UK it will cost £0.99.
Then once you have down loaded the Kindle version. Simply go back and buy the audio for the reduced price. In the UK this means that you can get both for £3.98.
The third way – you just want the Audio version.
If you have never used Audible before then you can sign up for a 30 day free trail and use one of your two free books choices to pick “Echoes of a Storm”. But don’t forget to cancel before the 30 free days are up.
So, grab a copy of ‘Echoes’ now. sit back with a coffee and a muffin and either read or listen to a fantastic story.
I hope you enjoy
Alan

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QA Gave Us 3 Small Technical Errors – Which is a Good Thing.

I recieved an email from ACX Quality Assurance (QA) saying that they have given us 3 small technial errors which we need to correct before procceding

This is a good thing for 2 reasons, and before you start thinking I’m mad let me explain.

1. QA is a good thing. Both Cari and myself want to create the best Audio book possiable, so having a QA proccess is just like having a proof reader or an editor when writing a book.

Also knowing that the finished product will have pasted a QA process can only be good for the customer.

2. We only got 3 small technical error, which lets face it, is not bad at all for the first time.

Anyway, we have fixed the errors, well I say we have fixed the errors, what I mean is Cari has fixed all the errors and re submitted the audio book to ACX QA.

Fingers Crossed

Alan

The Narrator of the Audio Book – Echoes of a Storm

I thought you might like to know a bit more about the narrator of the Audio Book.  So I asked Cari to send me a quick pen pic of herself.  Please see below.

 

Hello All!

My name is Cari Scholtens and I live in Michigan, USA.  I am a schoolteacher and basketball/track coach by day and by night, when the VO signal shows upon the sky, I read audiobooks.

I got into voice work when I won a contest through the gaming company Bioware for their AAA title Mass Effect: Andromeda.  I play several roles in the game and got a trip to Los Angeles and an IMDB credit for it.  It also got me a little recognition in the voice-over community.  Since then, I have landed several roles including voice-over for Grisha MacLaggin in the upcoming fanfilm “Voldemort: Origins of the Heir” and several audiobooks including “Echoes of a Storm”.

I am eager for you all to be able to hear the work Alan and I have put together on this project and I certainly hope I do his work justice!  Thank you all for your support of “Echoes of a Storm!”

Cari

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The Narrator

For an audio book to work, you need three things:

a. A good story
b. Someone to bring that story to life
c. The ability to work together

I am extermely luckly to have Cari Scholten narrate the book,and bring the story and character to life.

So, that you can learn a little more about Cari and her work etc, i’ve asked her to provide me a couple of paragarphs that I can post here.

As i have said before, writing is a very anti social hobby. You disappear for days at a time, to bash away at a keyboard in the vain hope that someone will like what you have written 🙂

Its only after the writing process ends does it become a more interactive process. In my case, sending it to the wonderful Lisa W (hello Lisa) for proof reading and suggestions.

Asking the talented Saskia Schnell to design the cover.

Shoving copies under friends to give feedback.

That is where writing becomes extremely inter active and where some of the best future story lines come from.

However, i still had control over what went on and in the books.

That totally changes when you have to hand over your precious work to someone you hardly know and let them interperate it in their own way.

And that will be the subject of my next post. The differnce between working with people on book and an Audio Book.

Alan

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Audio Book of Echoes of a Storm

I am very pleased to say that the Audio Book version of Echoes of  Storm will be released shortly. As I have received the following email from ACX

Hi Alan

  • Your audiobook will go through both ACX and Audible quality assurance (QA) rounds.
  • Once it passes, we will let you know and begin distributing it on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The whole process usually takes up to 10-14 business days, as long as there are no problems.
  • If your audiobook does not pass QA for any reason, you and Cari Scholtens will be contacted right away with instructions for how to remedy this.

Exciting times 🙂

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