The (Audio)Book of Cain is Here!

Well, folks, it's been a long time coming, but The Book of Cain is finally out as an audiobook, available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible. Listen while you fly, ride, drive, walk, do chores, or just lie on your bed like Eris with your eyeshades on, waiting for the mysterious stranger to come through the open window.

Making the audio files was an interesting process, sometimes frustrating and always alive with one challenge after another. On the tech side I kept it very simple: a Blue Yeti microphone hooked directly to the computer via USB (no audio interface) and running PreSonus Studio One (free version) as the DAW (desktop audio workstation). No pop filter, so I had to remember to turn my head a little to soften the "p" words.

I learned Studio One as I went. Fortunately, working with audiobook tracks is a lot simpler than working with music (and musicians), so a little basic knowledge in the software can pretty much get you where you need to go. Still, I have to admire professional audio engineers and voice performers who can make the whole 7+ hour collection of vocal recordings sound natural and organically consistent. The whole point is to remove any technical quirks so that the story comes through unimpeded. The writer's goal, as I believe John Gardner pointed out in one of his books on writing, is to create in the reader's mind a "vivid, flowing dream," not to show off one's phrase-turning chops or vocabulary.

This was my first effort at this craft, so I'm sure there are peculiarities aplenty that leave it short of the goal. On the other hand, sometimes it's the peculiarities themselves that lend a work of art its charm--think of the voices of Bob Dylan or Tom Waits, for instance--so I'ma chalk any oddities (mistakes? what mistakes?) up to that. So when it comes to stomach gurgles, wheezy breaths, gulpy swallows, smacking lips, slurred words, popping Ps, clunky merges, varied volumes, shifting room sounds, snoring dogs, chirping birds, whirring HVAC, and other peculiarities, just know this: I MEANT TO DO THAT! It's part of the story. Trust me. I'm the author, I oughta know.

So, as Oscar Bronx would say, bag yourself a copy of the audiobook version of The Book of Cain and give it a listen. And feel free to sign up to drop comments on these blog posts, or leave a message on our contact page. Thanks for your support.


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