An Interview with Allen Grunerud – Narrator of The Target List

By NoFakeNews

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:

When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?

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.

How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?

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.

Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?

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.

A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?

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.

What type of training have you undergone?

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.

How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?

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.

Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

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.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?

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.

What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?

I guess I bring authenticity to my narration.  A believability. You never want the narration to sound like you are just reading a text.

What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?

“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.

Buy The Target List Audiobook here!

An Interview with Dr. John Reizer

By Gina Flores

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing NoFakeNews founder and author, Dr. John Reizer about his recent novel, The Target List. Here’s what he had to say:

Gina: How does it feel to have written a pretty damn good novel?

John: I am happy with the way the story turned out. There are always aspects of a story that I think that I should have done a bit differently, but I think most writers have the same feelings regarding their books. This story is special to me because of the underlying message it attempts to convey to readers and listeners.

Gina: It seems to me from looking at all the reviews on Amazon and Audible that your story has been well received by most readers. Were you expecting such positive reviews and feedback?

John: Well you know, I didn’t know what to expect. Usually, my books receive very little in the way of reviews. When you’re an unknown author swimming in a sea of established authors, it’s hard to get people to read your work, let alone rate and review it. I think, initially , I believed there would be more negative reviews than positive ones. And not because of my writing abilities, but because the storyline is based on a very polarizing subject. Anytime you write something negative about traditional medicine or the pharmaceutical industrial complex, you’re inviting and opening yourself up to hostile reader reviews.

Gina: Have you received any bad or hostile reviews?

John: I haven’t really received too many negative reviews for The Target List. There have been a few 2 and 3 star ratings, but not everybody is going to fall in love with your story.

Gina: Do you like the way the audiobook turned out?

John: Oh yes! I think Allen Grunerud did such a great job with the book. The audiobook has been on and off of Amazon’s Top 100 list for Medical Thrillers. It’s been spending a lot of time on the list this past week. I am so happy with the way he produced the project. And his work has been positively reviewed on Audible. There have been lots of great reviews on that platform and that’s a direct result of Allen’s narration skills.

Gina: What’s next for this story?

John: I am collaborating with a screenwriter to hopefully turn the story into a low budget movie thriller. That’s the plan at least. I think you have to aim high and see how things shake out. But, honestly, I have a good feeling about The Target List moving forward. Regardless of what happens from this point, the rest is frosting on the cake for me. This story has already exceeded my original expectations.

Gina: Are you working on another story?

John: I have delayed beginning my next novel because I have been involved with the screenplay project. That’s going to take several months to complete so I want to wait until that’s wrapped up before concentrating on something new. But I am having fun with this book and I am still writing articles everyday for NoFakeNews.

Would You Like A Free Copy of The Target List Audiobook?

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 drjohnlreizer@gmail.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.

Buy the Audiobook version here

Do They WAND to Eliminate Cancer?

By Dr. John Reizer

Author of The Target List

In my breakthrough novel, The Target List, I address a number of issues currently affecting healthcare consumers worldwide.

The story’s plot revolves around the creation of a fictional medical instrument called WAND (Wave-Altering-Nanoparticle-Disrupter).

WAND is the pharmaceutical industry’s worst nightmare; it cures cancer and other diseases with radio frequencies, not drugs.

In my fictitious storyline, the drug companies stand to lose everything they’ve worked so hard to develop; drugs are about to become obsolete and diseases completely eradicated.

The powers that be set out to destroy WAND as well as the brains that developed the technology by hiring professional assassins. The creators of WAND are placed on somebody’s target list.

If a noninvasive technology that could cure cancer and other diseases without drugs or surgery actually existed, would the powers that be let it see the light of day? In a word, no. In two words, absolutely not. In three words, no f%#@ing way. I think you get the point.

The profits associated with treating different diseases indefinitely are enormous. There are billions of dollars at stake in Big Pharma’s fake crusade to conquer cancer and other known maladies currently plaguing healthcare consumers.

If a scientist or  group of scientists ever created a real WAND, you can bet with great confidence that those individuals would instantly be placed within the crosshairs of real assasins.

The Target List is a fictional story about things that have most likely already happened in real life. It’s my sincere hope that people will read or listen to the book and gain a better understanding of what is happening within organized medicine and through its handler, Big Pharma.

Listen to the Free Preview: The Target List Audiobook

By Dr. John Reizer

If you’re interested in a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, send your contact information to: drjohnlreizer@gmail.com and I will send you a coupon code that can be redeemed at Audible at the link below. You must have an Amazon account and have the Audible app downloaded to participate.

Listen to the audiobook below:

Allen Grunerud – The Target List Narrator

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Get A Free Audiobook in Exchange for an Honest Review

I am looking for some listeners to review my newly released audiobook publication, The Target List. I have a number of free promotional coupons that have been provided to me by the book’s distribution company, ACX.

The coupons allow users to download free copies of the audiobook in exchange for honest reviews of the product. I would greatly appreciate it if readers on this platform would volunteer to listen to the production. Reviews are very important for audiobooks and will go a long way in determining the publication’s future success.

If you would be willing to help me out, please send your contact information to drjohnlreizer@gmail.com so I can email you a coupon code. Please indicate if you are in the United States or the UK as the coupon codes are different.

Before downloading an audiobook, you will need the Audible app. You can get it from the app store on your smartphone device.

The Target List Audiobook Production

By NoFakeNews

I wanted to provide readers with an update regarding the audiobook version of my new novel, The Target List.

The book’s producer and narrator, Allen Grunerud was kind enough to provide me with a photograph of him working on the project inside his studio. He was also kind enough to share an audio clip from one of the book’s chapters.

You can listen to the audio clip on Spotify below:

The Target List Novel to Become an Audiobook

By NoFakeNews

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.