A Brief and To-The-Point Note from My Narrator/Producer

Neill D. Hicks, the man who narrated and produced the audiobook versions of “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley”, sent me the following to post for you:

A Note From the Narrator

Transformational Products

Gary and I have been producing the audiobook versions of Big Bend and Hog Valley for more than a year. We’ve been in touch almost daily to collaborate on the best possible products. Along the way, we’ve learned that, fundamentally, reading and listening involve very different perceptions that literally engage different parts of the brain.

Those of you who have read the printed and Kindle versions of Gary’s books will find that the audio renditions are not verbatim, word‑for‑word replications.  The stories are unaltered, but the audiobooks are transformational products, that is, the written word is subjected to the requirements of the vocal medium. Just as a movie, stage drama, or musical is not the same as the script, an audiobook is not the same as the printed version.

The demands of these different perceptions are ignored by the steamroller marketing of Audible, Amazon, and their cohorts.  The crush‑and‑flatten juggernaut of the mega-distributors hypes the illusion of choice, but maintains a callous disregard for the quality of product. We believe that our readers and listeners deserve better treatment.  The audience may be smaller than the indiscriminate horde gobbled up by Audible‑Amazon, but dollar‑for‑dollar you’ll get a more responsive provider on this site.


Neill D. Hicks
Skype:  word-werx


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About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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