For many, many years a lot of you have asked for audio versions of my books. And for many years, I’ve promised they were coming but that it would “be a while.”
Well, since I always do what I promise, “a while” has finally arrived.
Over the next few weeks we will be releasing full, unabridged audiobook versions of the following books, in this order:
The books will be released one at a time, one every few weeks, in the above order. I do not have any specific dates yet other than to say it will be very soon. As far as I know (and this is possibly subject to change) they will be available as normal MP3s and purchasable through me directly and through Audible. They will probably be available on iTunes and Apple iBooks too, but I’m not 100% sure on that yet. The price point for each audiobook will be around $57, but that’s just an estimate at this point.
Over the years I’ve had several guys offer to read my books for me, sending me samples of their voices. I also looked at hiring a professional audiobook reader to read my books. I could never seem to find someone who’s voice matched the feel and delivery style of my books, and the few that did were extraordinarily expensive (as in many thousands of dollars per book, and I have five books to record). They also didn’t speak fast enough, and I wanted someone with a fast voice to read the books so as to make best use of the time for the listener.
So in the end, I decided to do the recordings myself. It only took me about two hours per day for a few weeks, and I was able to talk fast (I speak fast anyway) and was able to verbally emphasize the parts of the books I wanted, the way I wanted. I also have a good voice (it’s one of my natural talents) and was able to do this profitably. I also tend to like it when the author of the book is the one who reads it, but that’s just me.
The books have all been recorded; they’re at the audio editors now. The Unchained Man is almost done.
When the first audiobook is available (The Unchained Man) I will let you know here and will offer either a discount or bonuses (I haven’t decided which yet) over its release weekend. I will do this for every audiobook thereafter, one every other week or so. In the future, every new book I release will have an audiobook option as well.
I was going to announce something else bigger than this (much bigger, actually), but I needed to get the ball rolling on releasing these audiobooks first for other reasons. So I’ll be announcing that other thing soon as well.