I was rather proud and astonished to be picked out recently by the South China Morning Post for my ‘bravura reading’ of War and Peace – astonished because the abridgement I recorded twenty-one years ago is so very … well, abridged.*
At the moment I am deep into reading aloud the first of two mystery novels (to be recorded as audiobooks), practising fluidity and the varied characterizations of a colourful cast so as to face the mike for the first time on Friday.** Consequently I have only spared the time to revisit my audio Tolstoy for a few minutes.
I was amazed to hear myself plunging into the world of St Petersburg and Moscow high society with confident pronunciations of the names of a plethora of Russian princes and princesses and even managing the occasional quick burst of French. I imagine it is an act of faith in the listener to hang on in the hope that he or she will begin to identify and remember who is who.
* You can download the pithy five-hour abridgement of War and Peace from iTunes.
** The two novels Edward is about to record are published by Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing known for its mysteries and thrillers. Details to be revealed shortly.
To read an interview Edward gave to Vulpes Libris in 2010 on the art of recording audiobooks, click here.