Welcome to the Official CHRISTIAN BASKOUS
AUDIO BOOK PAGE... Thank you for visiting!

For audio books, narration, or any other voice acting please contact
Chas Cowing
or Linda Weaver at Access Talent in NY City.
Telephone: 212 331 9600 - or - 212 684 7795

Christian Baskous is listed in the Audiobook Reference Guide.
Please scroll to bottom of this page for current in-house/home-studio recording samples.

An update for this week, June 29th, 2014 - Just finished recording James Rollins' latest exciting techno-thriller "THE SIXTH EXTINCTION" Out in mid-August, from Harper. You can pre-order HERE.

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. 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:
Here's another:

I'm also delighted to announce a new recording of James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell's latest thriller, "Innocent Blood", the second installment of their "Order of the Sanguines" series. Quite the entertaining Heroic Epic, replete with Vampire Priests, sexy scientists, trips to the underworld... Print and Audio out now, from my esteemed friends at Harper. Here's a brief sample:

Just out: an excellent book by naval historian George C. Daughan entitiled "The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812". A fascinating study of a complex and colorful hero from the margins of American history... Fans of Patrick O'Brian's great series of historical fiction will appreciate this for its depth and very good writing. "The Shining Sea", I recorded the audiobook at Outloud Audio, it's out now on Audible.
Here's a brief, sad excerpt:

And another in that vein:

My recording of Ben Fountain's collection of short fiction "Brief Encounters With Che Guevara" is out now. I'm very excited; it's classy stuff, please check it out. Recorded for Harper Audio at my own studio, post production by John Marshall... Here's a little excerpt from the first story in the collection, "Near Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera":
Update, 12-27-13: Very nice review and Earphones Award from Audiofile Magazine:
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH CHE GUEVARA
Stories
Ben Fountain, Read by Christian Baskous -  Unabridged - DECEMBER 2013
Harper Audio - "Narrator Christian Baskous infuses this short story collection by a much acclaimed writer with vitality that brings its characters to life. The prose is tight and sparse; Baskous's narration gives us much more. His interpretation of Spanish-accented English is realistic, adding to the ambiance, rather than distracting us. He's excellent at differentiating characters, particularly in the lengthy dialogue exchanges in various scenes. This is a volume that travels around Latin America from story to story, and Baskous is flexibile; he brings across the angst of male youth in one story, the boredom of middle age in another. An outstanding book is matched by an equally strong delivery. M.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine "

"The Pen Name" by David Jacob Knight. A choice little nugget of "devil's-bargain" thriller fiction, recorded for Audible.
Here's a brief excerpt
:
Read my interview w the author(s) on their blog.

 

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 even another little bit from the same book. Hey, I like these, what can I tell ya?:

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:

The Blood Gospel, an exciting new gothic thriller by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell.

Here's a brief excerpt:


two of the stories in Jennifer Haigh's fine collection "News From Heaven" including the superb"The Bottom of Things" ©2013 Jennifer Haigh; (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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.]

Hear some excerpts from THE WILD GIRL:

"The Fight" -

"Wild Girl Prologue Excerpt" -

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.

I'm Proud of You (Prologue):


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 ..."

Audiobook version of Jackie Collins' steamy bestseller "Goddess of Vengeance". From Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (out September 13, 2011), John Marshall Media, Dir. By Paula Parker.

Excerpt: "Martin and Nona's bad breakfast..." -

Excerpt: "Armand loses it..." -

Excerpt: "In the Arms of Seducta..." -

 

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 :

"The Bottom of Things", a short story by Jennifer Haigh from the collection "News From Heaven" mentioned above. ©2013 Jennifer Haigh; (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

"'Translations', a short story by Nika Cavat" Story © Nika Cavat. Recording (P) 2012 Christian Baskous, all rights reserved. (Nika's got a book of her poems out. Read something about that here... )

"Boule De Suif", by Guy de Maupassant. Narrated by Christian Baskous.
Short Story by Guy De Maupassant and translation(s) Public Domain. Recording copyright 2012 Christian Baskous, all rights reserved.

Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Rappaccini's Daughter" short story by N. Hawthorne Public Domain; recording copyright 2012 Christian Baskous all rights reserved.

Please contact
Chas Cowing
or Linda Weaver at Access Talent in NY City. Telephone: 212 331 9600 for more info.

 

 
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