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Recently, we had an opportunity to ask the narrator of The Target List audiobook, Allen Grunerud a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:
I had been thinking about audiobook narration for several years prior to retiring from teaching a couple of years ago. I have experience in voice-over and commercial work, so this seemed a logical transition.
I am relatively new to audiobook narration. I taught theatre and English for many years; that combination leads to a love of language and a reverence for the spoken word. Narration provides an opportunity for artistic expression in the comfort of a home studio.
I use the ACX format to find audition opportunities. ACX is the Amazon Audible production site that matches authors and producers and streamlines the business end of audiobook production. It was not too long after I began auditioning that I began receiving offers.
I do think it is essential to be able to interpret an author’s words and be able to verbalize a character or mood. Having been an actor and director for decades has made the move to audiobooks fairly seamless.
I have my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theatre and I produced and directed plays and musicals for professional, educational and community theatres.
As I indicated, I am fairly new to audiobook narration, so the process still feels fresh and enticing. New projects bring new enthusiasm and I love to explore a new book and work with authors.
I am an audiobook listener; it was my salvation several years ago when I was commuting to work. It is an excellent way to catch up on “reading” without having to read.
My favorite part of narration is the interpretation and presentation of the author’s vision—trying to bring that to life. I have great respect for writers; creation is a very personal thing, so I want to come as close as I can to make my narration fit the author’s intent. My least favorite part, I suppose, is the technical end of things: editing and such. Also, I spend an inordinate amount of time re-recording in order to get the words right, get the sound right, get the mood right.
I guess I bring authenticity to my narration. A believability. You never want the narration to sound like you are just reading a text.
“The Target List” really piqued my curiosity because of its subject matter, its unlikely heroes and its suspenseful nature. Once I began working on it I appreciated the economy of language and the very accessible and endearing characters. In addition, John (Reizer) is a very supportive and nurturing author to work with, which made the project a joy from beginning to end. This is a terrific book and I hope I have done it justice.
About the Narrator
Allen Grunerud is a recently retired theatre and English educator. He brings a love of literature and a reverence for the spoken word to his work.
Bringing characters’ stories to life has been Allen’s primary goal; each new challenge becomes his new passion. Allen holds himself to rigorously high production standards in order to deliver a product worthy of an author’s vision.
By Dr. John Reizer
On November 7, 2019, The Target List Audiobook Tour will begin, kicking off a week long campaign that will feature 12 specific tour stops where the the book will be critically reviewed by audiobook bloggers and other industry people.
Visitors to the tour site page are invited to follow along and read the various reviews and snippets created by reviewers. In addition, audio clip samples from the book along with author, character and narrator interviews will be featured throughout the tour.
Here are some of the reviews created by Audible customers to date:
A THOUGHT – PROVOKING STORY
The short chapters really kept the pace taut and tense in this thought provoking story. Could big pharmaceutical companies be holding out against cures for today’s killer diseases? Is it all about money after all?
A most interesting story.
This was a nicely narrated book by Mr. Grunerud and a cleverly written story by Dr. John Reizer. The book was entertaining and also very educational at the same time.
I was issued a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
AN ACTION PACKED STORY!
The Target List has action from start to finish. I loved the story. It’s about a team of doctors that invented a medical device that cures cancer without drugs. Big Pharma hires assassins to kill the doctors and the technology because they’re going to lose billions of dollars. It’s definitely worth the listen! I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I ADORE THIS STORY
I absolutely adore this story. I also admire how the characters are developed and how much the author can get the listener to invest in them. Wonderfully written book. The narrator, Allen Grunerud has done a nice job as well. I was given a free advance copy of this audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
SCARY AS HELL
Dr. John Reizer is a great author. I have never been a fan of medical thrillers but this one pulled me in from the beginning and hasn’t let me go. The author is meticulous in his research and very crafty in creating a story that is believable and scary as hell! I was given a free advance copy of this audio book at my request and have left this review voluntarily.
THIS WAS GREAT!
This has action from beginning to end. Short and fast and focused, it acknowledges one of the current beliefs that Big Pharma doesn’t want to cure anybody because it would hit their profits. The author’s writing style is different from Robin Cook, but if you like Robin Cook, you will also like this book.
I really liked the narrator. He does a good job differentiating different characters.
I was given this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.
By Dr. John Reizer
I know we’ve been putting up a lot of content lately about my latest novel, The Target List. But you have to understand, this book is a big deal in my life and the lives of the people now collaborating on the project and working to promote it to the reading and listening public.
Visit The Target List Audiobook Tour Page
I have a half dozen promotional codes left for anyone that would like to listen to the audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. Simply email me at email@example.com and let me know if you’re in the US or UK so I can send the proper codes. I only have 2 UK codes at the moment. I will have additional codes available in a few weeks.
The Target List is currently being prepared for a full length screenplay. We’re just in the outline stages, but I would be interested in readers’ and listeners’ opinions regarding what they think might make the story better in a full length movie. For example, should the main protagonist be a man or woman?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as the actual writing of the screenplay will begin in November, 2019.
Please join Dr. John Reizer and Allen Grunerud, the author and narrator of The Target List audiobook, on the official Audiobook Blog Tour scheduled for November 7 – 13. Click the banner below for more details:
I am excited to announce the official publication and release of the audiobook version of my novel, The Target List on the Audible platform.
The price of the audiobook is $6.95 and can be downloaded for free if you signup as a new Audible member. The price of the membership is $14.95/mo and you get 2 free audio books. In addition, you can cancel the membership anytime and keep all your audiobooks. See Audible’s policy below:
If you would like to receive The Target List for free, click the link that follows: LISTEN TO A FREE SAMPLE CHAPTER AND GET THE TARGET LIST AUDIOBOOK FOR FREE NOW!
I am pleased to announce that the novel, The Target List is currently in production to become an audiobook. The audiobook version of the novel will become available for purchase in September, 2019 through Audible, Amazon, and Apple iTunes.
The book’s producer and narrator will be Allen Grunerud, an accomplished actor and theater director for over 40 years. Allen has an impressive voice and resume. His credits include:
“The Curse of Fearful Rock” by Manly Wade Wellman
“Stone Cold: Between a Stone and a Hard Place” by Jerry Bader
“Noir II” by Jerry Bader (Currently in production)
“The Unfinished” by Jonathan Myers
“A Sky Full of Stars” by Kelvin Wright
“Super SF Double Feature: Children of the Coming World and Mars One” by Kevin Candela
Allen has been involved as an actor in 100+ productions, ranging from Shakespeare to Moliere to Chekhov to Albee to… Narrator of six-part PBS series on reading education: “Rainbow Road”.
I will provide additional updates and links when the audiobook is released.