News for February 2014 - I'm in the process of updating this page to include audio excerpts from most of the books. Please check back when you can for more samples of my work; it's a pretty eclectic assortment. Many of the books were recorded in my own studio. The Ron Rash short story collection Nothing Gold Can Stay has been named a finalist for the Audio Producers Association "Audie " Award. (See below) Also, the very good collection of Ben Fountain's stories Brief Encounters With Che Guevara got a nice write-up and won an "Earphones Award" from the Audiofile magazine.(More below.)
I'm experimenting w sound samples for this page. This one links directly to the Audible sample excerpt for Ham on Rye. Again a great choice of excerpt on Audible's part, plus it's one I recorded in my studio. Please check it out:
At last... it is accomplished. I have recorded 8 full-length titles by Charles Bukowski. I'm very proud to have been involved in this project: a rare opportunity to tell an author's story, as it were, in his own words start to finish through all his major autobiographical works. We've produced some outstanding audiobooks here. Please give them a listen. Recorded in my studio w post at John Marshall Media and produced by Harper Audio.These all were released on Audible.com August 13th 2013. Audible.com made a brilliant choice of excerpt for this book, "Women" by Charles Bukowski: very funny, obscene, captures the spirit of the thing. Check it out :
Here's some press about that, via Publisher's Weekly: "To celebrate what would have been his 93rd birthday, HarperAudio is publishing eight titles from Charles Bukowski - each of them never before produced as audiobooks. All eight of the audio editions - Post Office, South of No North, Factotum, Women, Ham on Rye, Hot Water Music, Hollywood, and Pulp - are narrated by Christian Baskous. "It would be Bukowski himself reading here, if the technology had advanced quickly enough," Ecco president and publisher Daniel Halpern said in a statement. "But his voice rings clear and deep in these renditions - and from them, the genius of Bukowski flows forth." In selecting Baskous for the project, Halpern said he relied on his audio team: "They know intuitively who has the right pitch and swing of voice. And they always get it right." Halpern added that Bukowski's work is uniquely suited to audio. "Bukowski's poetry was meant to be read out loud," he said. "I always imagined he wrote the poems to read the poems - to his girlfriends and pals early on, then to his beautiful wife, Linda." Despite the author's cult hero status, Halpern said he felt no extra pressure in bringing Bukowski's work to audio: "That work is ironclad and every reader's voice will bring something special and particular, but the poetry will always survive in the master's voice." The audio editions of Bukowski's work will be available August 13 in digital format."
Some New Titles, Out Now:
Available from Amazon/Audible:
by Tony Hillerman, produced for Harper Audio by John Marshall Media. Three titles from the classic, superbly well-written "Leaphorn/Chee" detective series set in Navajo Country in the American Southwest. Here's a brief excerpt from "Sacred Clowns":
Lately finished some very enjoyable sessions narrating the latest title in James Rollins' extraordinarily popular "Sigma Force" action series, "The Eye of God"..
Here's an action-packed excerpt:
I've been privileged to record some other fine books for Harper Audio. These three came out in January and February of 2013:
NB -update for late February 2014: this audiobook is a finalist for one of the Audio Publisher's Association's "Audie" awards this year, in the short story collection category: I narrated two stories, including the fine "Twenty-six Days", from "Nothing Gold Can Stay", a wonderful collection by Ron Rash set in Southern Appalachia. From the AudioFile review: "......these stories are best heard with the regionalisms in which they were first imagined. The readings of the best of them - such as "Twenty-Six Days"- take us into the hearts of people we too often ignore..." Here's a bit of that one:
And another passage as well:
Christian Baskous' audio book version of Jim Fergus' novel: "THE WILD GIRL" for BBC Audiobooks America won AudioFile Magazine's coveted "Earphone Award". Available at amazon and other online outlets, or your local library. [Please note: for purposes of accessing this title on Amazon and elsewhere, I'm credited as "Chris Baskous", as opposed to "Christian Baskous". Trying to get this fixed.]
WILD GIRL REVIEW from AudioFile Magazine:"Newly Orphaned 17 year-old Ned Giles leaves Chicago to join the 1932 Great Apache Expedition, a search for a young boy who was kidnapped by Apaches. Narrator Chris Baskous creates a disparate cast of characters with a myriad of accents. This historical novel guides readers through a dark period in American history, replete with heartbreaking prejudice and breath-snatching violence. Listeners who sign on for the journey across the desert southwest will find themselves swept up in the challenges faced by these unforgettable characters. This is one of those instances when the audiobook version is more affecting than listening to the voices in your head, so vivid are the characterizations." R.O
Fans of TV icon Mr Rogers will please note: Christian Baskous recorded the audio book version of Tim Madigan's I'M PROUD OF YOU... The project was produced for Penguin Audio by David Rapkin.
A review from PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: "...
Warning stickers should be attached to this audiobook warning people not to listen while driving or operating heavy machinery. Only Oscar the Grouch could resist weeping during this affecting tale.... Baskous narrates with a voice that is warm, deep and, well, neighborly... The rich and smooth cadences of his narration bring Madigan's remembrances to life. The uplifting nature of the memoir and the satisfying tenderness of Baskous's interpretation will make this a welcome gift for anyone who has struggled with depression or loss. "
While AudioFile had this to say: "...
Tim Madigan recounts how children's TV legend Fred Rogers acted as a guide and friend to him during times of crisis. CB reads the part of Rogers with a slow voice, enunciating his words in a manner similar to Rogers '. The result is a familiar sense of wisdom and calm... an emotional crisis seems to jar Baskous into Madigan's heart, from that point on the performance is stellar ..."
Christian Baskous maintains an audio studio in New York for commercial voiceovers as well as all manner of freelance recording including audiobooks and industrials. IN-HOUSE/HOME STUDIO RECORDING SAMPLES.
All of the Bukowski titles and the Ben Fountain collection "Brief Encounters with Che Guevara" were recorded in my own studio in Astoria, Queens, New York. Please see samples of those above... Additionally