Audible has released Stillpoint's audiobook production of Uvi Poznansky's contemporary novel of family drama, romance, and intrigue, Apart from Love.
Narrated by David Kudler and Heather Jane Hogan, Poznansky's novel explores what happens when Ben, a twenty-seven year old student returns home and meets Anita, a plain-spoken, spunky, uneducated redhead, freshly married to Lenny, Ben's aging father. Behind his back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him. Continue reading Apart from Love by Uvi Poznansky released!→
I've just wrapped recording on my second full-length audiobook this month — David Wesley Williams lyrical novel of sex, family, and rock 'n' roll,Long Gone Daddies. As I was listening through just now, I realized that there were a lot of similarities between this bluesy book and my most recently completed (and soon-to-be-released) project, Uvi Poznansky's Apart from Love. Both books dissect tangled, dysfunctional families featuring deeply fractured father-son relationships, each of which is hiding some very important secrets. And music is very much at the heart of each. Continue reading David Sings the Blues (and Other Classics)→
Second, in another first, Uvi Poznansky, who wrote the recently-released Stillpoint audiobook A Favorite Son(and whose audiobook for Apart from Love I've just finished editing — woohoo!) wrote a... um... poem about me.
Now, my mom's a poet (and I'll have more to say on that subject another time), so I've shown up in poems before before. Still. None (so far as I know) about me. This was incredibly touching. Here's the poem, if you'd like to read it:
Every book has its own challenges — to the writer, to the editor, and to the audiobook producer. In A Favorite Son, Uvi told a story from a single point of view, but in two separate timeframes: first, of Yonkle (Jacob) as an old man, talking to his own eldest son, Reuben, which was told in the past tense; and second, of young Jacob, as he confronts first his brother Esav (Esau) and then his father Isaac.
As always, I had a blast creating the two distinct-yet-related voices (as well as voices for Esav the Hunter and the other characters). The challenge that Uvi and I worked on was how to meld the two — how to create transitions that made it clear what was happening. I'll let Uvi narrate the process:
Author Uvi Poznansky, for whom I just produced the audiobook of her re-imagining of the Genesis story of Jacob and Esau, A Favorite Son, and with whom I'm in post-production on the audiobook for her bittersweet novel Apart from Love, is going going to be interviewed on Cowboy Wisdom NLI Radio tomorrow, April 2 at 8:00pm EST.
She'll be talking about the two books on which we've worked together, as well as her other writing. She's a fascinating lady — give it a listen!
A new Stillpoint Digital audiobook came out today!
A Favorite Son, one of two titles that I've been producing for author Uvi Poznansky, was released on Audible.com today; it'll be available on Amazon and on iTunes over the next couple of days.
A Favorite Son is the wonderful re-imagining of the the biblical story of Jacob (Yonkle) and Esau (Esav). Here's an extract that Uvi posted on her blog:
Are You Jealous?
“Are you jealous?” I tease him. “I can’t believe it!”
To which he roars, “You do nothing, you! You cook, you hide. Coward! Aha, coward you!”
He takes one step forward; I take two back. The arrows slung over his shoulder clink against each other. It is a steely, menacing sound. With one blow of his hand, he smacks down the canvas; and, on the double, the entire tent is flattened into a lopsided mess, collapsing upon itself; its pegs flying clear out, bouncing over and over, over the soft sand.
He gets in my face; we are standing nose to nose. The moment I have dreaded all my life is suddenly upon me, and there is no way to withdraw. I have to face him, which forces me to examine him closely.
This excerpt, in Yankle's voice, captures the beginning of a dialog between him and his twin brother Esav, who is coming back from a day of hunt utterly famished, and tested to the limit of his wits by the smell of the lentil stew. Here is this snippet in audio: