Friday, May 8, 2015

Audiobooks Saved My Life!

Back in December, production began on audiobook versions of a couple of my novels. The first one, Shadows of Tockland, is now available, and let me just tell you, if you thought it was creepy reading Cakey's words, just wait until you hear him snarling in your ear. The narrator is a guy named R. Paul Matty, and you can check out his website right here.

Now, I developed a special fondness for audiobooks because they saved my life during my early college years. I exaggerate not at all, folks. See, my first three years after high school, I was commuting to a junior college in Tulsa from my hometown of Bartlesville. The drive at that time (before the speed limit was increased to 70) took about an hour, and it was a bland, uneventful drive. Coming home in the afternoon with the sun shining through my windshield made me so very sleepy, especially after hours of hearing lectures. Consciousness was a daily struggle.

To keep myself awake and alive, I used to listen to audiobooks. Unlike music, the audiobooks kept my mind engaged and active. A nice, long unabridged audiobook was the best because it would last for many days. I remember listening to Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry, and it got me through many weeks. Terrible things happened to poor Woodrow Call, but it was better listening to the details of his leg getting sawed off than flying off the road into the endless Oklahoma prairie.

So all of that is to say, it's pretty cool to be able to offer some of my books in this format, so those of you with long drives now have a Cakey voice to keep you awake! The first novel that is available is Shadows of Tockland, my post-apocalyptic epic. Check it out here and listen to a free sample. Children of the Mechanism is coming soon, so keep your eye out for that one.

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