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Right on!  I just finished my first audiobook.  It was a case of learning while doing, and it may not be perfect as such, but it turned out pretty damn good, and I'm happy with it.

It is an audiobook of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic short story, "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man," in which the protagonist plans to kill himself, but instead experiences a dream which transports him to another world, where he sees how beautiful human life could be, if only humans could overcome their pride, selfishness, and other sinful propensities and learn to live in harmony with each other and with the world around them.  This experience makes him want to live again, and to try to recreate the beauty he has seen on Earth.  It is a beautiful story.

I think the recording quality got better as time went on, so some of the later "episodes" may sound a little better than the first in particular.  Part IV, I thought, came out particularly well--some pretty decent acting as well as recording and editing.

Don't bother listening to this on anything that doesn't pick up bass frequencies well--the best part of my voice is down in the bass frequencies, and the upper register of my voice only sounds nasal and raspy like a bad telephone answering machine message or a tin-can-and-string toy telephone.



Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_I.mp3


Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_II.mp3


Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_III.mp3


Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_IV.mp3


Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_V.mp3


Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_VI.mp3


Dream_of_a_Ridiculous_Man_Part_VII.mp3



Here are my commercial and narration voiceover demos.  I'll add further material as it becomes available.


ScottDewey_Commercial.mp3


ScottDewey_Narration.mp3

OK, like I promised--here's some additional material.  These are voice tracks from various film projects I've been in.  Some are (hopefully) pretty funny.  Enjoy!

Jezebel, Queen of the Mantids--featuring my finest Australian accent (some people say it sounds like London, but whatever--Londoners and Australians are gradually converging)


VO-Jezebel

Memory Man--reflecting on the life of a man about to lose his mind


VO-MemoryMan

Ascension--heavenly tribunal member recounting the life of a woman being judged


VO-Ascension

Down With Atticus--1950s father a la Ward Cleaver


VO-DownWithAtticus

The King of Harold--long-suffering morgue manager talking to the morgue idiot


VO-KingOfHarold

Romance and Realism--writer being terrorized by his own characters


VO-RomanceRealism

PetBehave--German mad scientist


VO-PetBehave

Hold It Like a Baby--temp agency director dealing with his most difficult client


VO-HoldIt

Lawn God--snide, vaguely southern suburban neighbor

 

VO-LawnGod

Man Law--1950s announcer voice


VO-ManLaw

Hell Hole--Satan as a British gentleman


VO-HellHole_Brit

Hell Hole--Satan as an abrasive neighbor


VO-HellHole_Norm

Hell Hole--Satan as a really nasal, whiny abrasive neighbor


VO-HellHole_Whiny