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Christian Baskous (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) performs audiobooks, has recorded for Harper Audio, Blackstone, BBC Audiobooks America, McMillan, Audible, Penguin Audio and other publishers… his work’s been recognized with multiple “Earphones” awards, “Audie” nominations, etc…
Updating page; please scroll down for audio samples. Audible.com and Downpour also feature many samples of my work.
Happy New Year, audiobook fans. It’s January, 2020. Just wrapped the primary recording (at John Marshall Media, high above Manhattan) of the latest installment of James Rollings “Sigma” thrillers. From Harper Audio. Out in March.
ONE DRUM by Canadian writer Richard Wagamese.
From Blackstone. A beautiful book about traditional Ojibway spiritual practice.
Some recent books from Blackstone.
Jim Harrison’s 1976 novel FARMER.
Baseball fans: Bill Pennington’s Yankees baseball history CHUMPS TO CHAMPS, also from Blackstone, got a nice write-up in AudioFile Magazine: “…Christian Baskous narrates this compelling slice of recent baseball history… baseball fans will revel in the details of how the team rose to such success after hitting rock bottom between 1989 and 1992… it sounds entirely seamless as read by Baskous. He turns the work into a well-articulated, easy-to-follow story. Baskous also skillfully captures the personalities of the players, coaches, and front-office executives listeners meet along the way. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine…”
“One Story, One Song” ;
While I was recording James Rollins new book “The Crucible” in New York this fall Jim and I got a chance to speak on the the phone about the book and about recording his work; we took some fan questions.
Some older releases:
Richard Ford has written this excellent memoir about his parents, called BETWEEN THEM. It’s out now via Harper. I’m very proud of this one. In addition to recognizing “Between Them” as one of their “Best Audiobooks of 2017”, AudioFile Magazine has given the audiobook one of their “Earphones” awards:
“Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford’s remembrance of growing up in the 1950s is at times insightful, enlightening, and emotionally evocative, especially as performed by narrator Christian Baskous. Ford gives his mother credit for honing his narrative voice. He spent most of his years with her, as his father, a traveling salesman, died in his arms when he was 16. Baskous uses his dulcet voice and practiced pacing most effectively in scenes in which Ford describes living with his colorful grandfather, the manager of a bustling hotel in Little Rock, prime territory for a young storyteller in search of material. Fans of the the iconic character Frank Bascombe (THE SPORTSWRITER) may find real-life connections between the character and the artist in this examination of recollection, intimacy, and love. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
THE BONE LABYRINTH by James Rollins. I’ve recorded several of the SIGMA series novels, and all of the SANGUINIST Gothic trilogy co-written with Rebecca Cantrell……also several short stories by Mr. Rollins, a couple co-written with Ms. Cantrell. They’re all available on Audible .com.
Here’s a little excerpt from “Blood Brothers”.
I recorded a couple of roles for Mitch Albom’s THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO. The audiobook features great voice actors, music world luminaries and the author himself. An epic about the greatest guitar player in the world. Here’s a little chunk of that one (I got to play Burt Bachrach!):
In addition to being selected as a 2017 Audie Award Finalist by the Audiobook Publisher’s Association, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto audiobook has won an ‘Earphones” Award from AudioFile Magazine.
Out Now: Ron Rash’s new Selected Short Story Collection SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE for Harper Audio, recorded at John Marshall Media. 34 short stories, all narrated by me. Some material appeared in the earlier NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY collection and is newly re-recorded for this collection. Here’s an excerpt from the title track:
Update for 01-22-15: This one just got a nice write-up and an Earphones Award in the Audiofile Magazine: “Narrator Christian Baskous delivers this collection of stories by award-winning author Ron Rash with a soft Southern accent, deftly matching the tone and substance of the material. Baskous evokes empathy and horror in these tales of hard-hit Appalachian people dealing with poverty, sorrow, addiction, and more. He allows a weary, threadbare tone to seep into his voice, evoking the sandpaper quality of life lived on the edge. Baskous raises the emotional level of the stories, which are already poetic in nature. A match made in literary heaven, Rash and Baskous capture bleak moments that make listeners feel the pain and joy of life.”
Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye. Recorded for Harper Audio;
an excerpt from that novel:
(See below for more Bukowski)
(…a brief, sad excerpt from THE SHINING SEA.)
Here’s a little excerpt from the first story in the collection, “Near Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera”:
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 “.
Over a period of a few weeks in 2013 I recorded 8 full-length titles by Charles Bukowski. I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity to help tell a great author’s story, in his own words, through all his major autobiographical works. Produced for Harper Audio.
(A little bit from WOMEN)
The short story collection SOUTH OF NO NORTH offers this hard-boiled glimpse of Hank Chinaski’s days in Downtown LA. (Maybe an homage to John Fante) :
Here’s some press about that whole series/project, via Publisher’s Weekly:
by Tony Hillerman, produced for Harper Audio by John Marshall Media. Three titles from the classic “Leaphorn/Chee” detective series set in Navajo Country in the American Southwest.
(This excerpt’s from “Sacred Clowns”)
I narrated two of the stories in Jennifer Haigh’s collection “News From Heaven”:
“The Bottom of Things” ©2013 Jennifer Haigh; (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers:
The Ron Rash short story collection Nothing Gold Can Stay, was a finalist for one of the Audio Publisher’s Association’s “Audie” awards. 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…”
From BBC Audiobooks America, available now on Audible:
Hear an excerpt from THE WILD GIRL:
“The Fight” –
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
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