December - already! Good afternoon and welcome to today's posting; it seems quite some time, even to me, since I updated here and as ever, it's as a result of being busy. Poor excuse, I know!
And so, to the 'business of the day', which includes the recent release of my narrated version of the New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, now available to download individually as the Old Testament, which runs at 56 hours & 12 minutes or the New Testamant, which runs at 17 hours & 34 minutes or the entire Holy Bible at an unabridged running length of 73 hours & 46 minutes. All versions are available via audible.co.uk or from Spokenworld Audio. Here's what they're saying about it:
"Acclaimed by both biblical scholars and general
readers as the most reliable English Bible available, the New Revised
Standard Version follows in the great tradition of the King James
Version in being true to the original meaning of the text, while
presenting it in a style that speaks powerfully to contemporary
listeners of all religious backgrounds."
"In this exclusive newly recorded audiobook edition, John Banks brings the words of the Bible to incredible life."
©2019 SPCK (P)2019 SPCK, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd
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After the feast of twelve audio releases in September, it was a famine of no releases at all for the whole of October and November. I'm usually aware of things 'in the pipeline' and I had hoped that there might be something new to mention in November, though the reality is, I often have no idea when specific titles might actually see the light of day. Thankfully, December has a number of productions scheduled for release, The Bible, mentioned above, being the first, or first three of them. I shall no doubt, be back before the month is out, to have a look at what else is about to become available.
In the meantime, follow me, if you will, back to September 2017 and the Black Library audio book version of Chris Wraight's 'Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion' from the Warhammer 40,000 range.
The audio recording took the form of three characters, Tieron, performed by Gareth Armstrong, Valerian, performed by myself and Aleya, performed by Emma Gregory, giving their individual perspective on a particular set of circumstances.
Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion:
"The Custodian Guard have stood watch over the
Emperor's Palace on Terra since the foundation of the Imperium. Charged
with protecting the Master of Mankind from all threats, within and
without, their fearsome resolve is renowned throughout the galaxy, and
their golden armour is the last thing that a would-be assassin or
saboteur will ever see.
Alongside the Null-maidens of the Sisters of Silence, who are
anathema to psykers and sorcerers alike, there is no threat to the
Golden Throne that they alone cannot vanquish...until now."
Valerian (right in full Adeptus Custodes armour) and Aleya, a Sister of Silence with scarlet hair plume.
Having had little time to listen properly to this story when it was first released and in any case, having forgotten much of what I had taken from it, I decided to set aside some time to listen to it all over again. I'm enjoying it very much, though when I looked for details of the recording on the audible web site, I couldn't find it listed under my name. A quick title search led me to it, though for some reason, neither Emma or me are credited as performers, which is a shame. Perhaps there are other titles that have been mis-credited?
Thrilled as I was to eventually find it on audible, I was pleased indeed to read the posted reviews, the majority of which seem to be very positive and so, with your indulgence, I'll put a few up here, just in case you might be interested in giving the story a listen:
I was hooked from start to end with everything being told.
The inclusion of multiple points of view with different voice actors
adding an even further depth to each characters views was a very nice
"Deserving a movie!!!!!!"
Although i started listening this knowing most of the story
the details and scenery, the performance of the readers and the 3 way
character view made me cry....this is something truly deserving a movie,
an excellent example of true 40k lore and the grim dark future.
Fantastic performances all round. Well worth it! Believe me you will not regret this one.
"great story. The voice acting was stunning. Great"
The story was wonderful and keeps you gripped from the
start and till the end
This book is fantastic, well read and constantly interesting
as well as action packed. Perfect for fans no matter their preferences
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Okay, so that's enough 'trumpet blowing' from me, as I'm sure you'll agree! It's still available if you fancy checking it out.
In the meantime, that's...
...all for now; more just as soon as it happens!
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