Oh dear, I see it's been a cheeky month since my last posting here! There's no excuse, absolutely no excuse for such a long delay in updating the blog... well, there is, there is an excuse, a very good one, in fact, the best excuse there is - I've been busy working
! The downside to that mini revelation, is the usual caveat of saying that I can't talk about what I've been doing yet; does that ever get less boring to hear? No, I thought not, sorry, but as ever, all will be revealed as soon as possible.
In the meantime though, things that I also wasn't allowed to talk about when they were first recorded, can now be splashed across these cyber pages in all their glory, because they are now available for the listening pleasure of all those who actually derive 'listening pleasure' from them - ah, as neat a slice of tautology as you could hope to find!
Moving swiftly on; I think we're up to release number 33 now with this lates batch. Not the floods of early spring, but a gentle summer trickle to match the mood of the weather, which is a bit soggy and warm at the moment. So here goes - in order of release, sort of:
This month's first offering - and coming in at a whopping 32 hours & 14 minutes - is the third novel/audio book in Ian C. Esslemont's Malazan Series, produced by Neil Gardner and read by me for Penguin, Random House and now available from audible.co.uk:
The return of the mercenary company, the
Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire
exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed,
there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be
losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered
kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more.
seething cauldron of Quon Tali--the Empire's heartland--marches the
Guard. With their return comes the memory of the Empire--and yet all is
not well with the Guard itself. Elements within its elite, the Avowed,
have set their sights on far greater power. There are ancient entities
who also seek to further their own arcane ends.
And what of the
swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, has gone in
search of a confrontation from which none have ever returned?
the Guard prepares to wage war, so Laseen's own generals and mages, the
'Old Hands', grow impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the
Empire. But could Laseen have outwitted them all?
Could she be using
the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome
survivors from the days of her illustrious predecesor, Kellanved?
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Next up is another audio book, this time from Games Workshop - and coming in at a relatively paltry running time of 10 hours & 57 minutes - Angels of Caliban:
The First Legion go to war, and their primarch's brutal actions threaten
to tear apart the fragile alliance of Imperium Secundus.
With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, primarch Lion
El’Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar – though his true motives
are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on the home world threaten
to tear the Legion in half. But when word comes of the Night Lords’
attack on Sotha, the Lion’s brutal actions bring Imperium Secundus once
again to the brink of civil war.
Not even the most fearsome warriors of
the Dreadwing, nor any arcane secret of the Order, can guarantee victory
if he sets himself against his loyal brothers.
Written by Gav Thorpe and Produced by Matthew Renshaw
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...so, last and certainly least (in terms of running time!), the latest adventure of The Fourth Doctor, The Trouble With Drax:
Altrazar. The temporal Atlantis, a place lost to time. Believed by many
to be a myth, it has long been the perfect location for the rich and
powerful to hide away their most dangerous secrets.
Because the somewhat crooked, not exactly honest, wheeler-dealer
cockney Time Lord known as Drax has found a map that leads to its
location. And, at the behest of a manipulative businessman, he's going
to use it.
When the TARDIS is dragged out of the space-time vortex, its crew
aren't best pleased to see the Doctor's old school friend, even less
when he pressgangs them into joining a raid on the most secure
safe-house in history. However with Romana and K9 held hostage, the
Doctor has little choice but to agree. With Drax in tow, he heads for
Which is where the trouble starts.
Tom Baker The Doctor Lalla Ward Romana John Leeson K9/Cabot
Ray Brooks Drax John Challis Rosser Hugh Fraser Charles Kirkland/Shopkeeper
Jane Slavin Shopkeeper 2 Miranda Raison Inspector Fleur McCormick
John Banks Grunthar/Street-Cleaner
Written by John Dorney
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
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And that is almost it for this posting; but there's just enough time to say that I'm currently preparing to record an audio book next week, followed the week after with a trip up to Games Workshop Head Quarters to record more audio drama narration and I'm really looking forward very much to all that.
Thanks for stopping by and I'll do my best to update again before too long!
...all for now, more just a soon as it happens!