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
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
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