Audiobooks

 

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 For audiobook related business please contact  Linda Weaver at ACCESSTALENT, (212) 331-9600.

Greetings audiobook fans. Thanks for checking in. Christian Baskous (SAG-AFTRA, sometimes credited as Chris Baskous) performs audiobooks for Harper Audio, BBC Audiobooks America, McMillan, Audible and Penguin Audio and other publishers…

Christian Baskous is listed in the Audiobook Reference Guide.

Please see the bottom of this page for IN-HOUSE/HOME STUDIO RECORDING info.

Okay: Mr. Richard Ford has written this really excellent short memoir about his parents, called BETWEEN THEM. It’s coming out via Harper Audio May 2nd. Very proud to say I recorded this audiobook at John Marshall Media

Another James Rollins short story is now available on Audible. It is CRASH AND BURN, a prequel to the full-length SEVENTH PLAGUE. Here’s a teaser:

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James Rollins’ latest Sigma Series thriller THE SEVENTH PLAGUE is available now on CD or via download.

 

bonelabcover Another full-length novel, 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”:

 

prestocoverI 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:

Earphones-Award2The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto audiobook has won an ‘Earphones” Award from AudioFile Magazine.

 

somethingrichandstrange 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:

Earphones-Award2 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)

 


An excellent nonfiction 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… O
ut now on Audible.
Here’s a brief, sad excerpt :

 

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Ben Fountain’s collection of short fiction “Brief Encounters With Che Guevara” is out now. 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”:

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 “.

 

Charles_Bukowski_smokingOver 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
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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:Charles_Bukowski_smoking
“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 are available now in digital format.

More titles:
Available from Amazon/Audible:

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” including “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:
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Christian Baskous’ audio book version of Jim Fergus’ novel: “THE WILD GIRL”  won AudioFile Magazine’s  “Earphone Award”. Available at amazon and other online outlets, or your local library.

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

IN-HOUSE/HOME STUDIO RECORDING SAMPLES. Christian Baskous maintains an audio studio in New York for commercial voiceovers as well as all manner of freelance recording including audiobooks and industrials.

The eight Bukowski novels and short story collections, the Ben Fountain short story collection “Brief Encounters With Che Guevara” and the Jennifer Haigh short story “The Bottom of Things” (from her “News From Heaven” collection) were all
recorded in my own studio in Astoria, Queens, New York. Please scroll back up this page to stream those samples… Additionally you might want to hear:

“‘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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