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A Recorded Talk with Renee Raudman

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There’s just something about a Renee Raudman narration that draws us in and makes us want to keep listening. Narrating since 2006, Renee has around 300 audiobooks to her name with more than 70 romance titles. When we see her name attached to an audiobook, we know it will be the highest quality when it comes to performance and production. She’s the voice of some of our favorites including Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels and The Edge series as well as Lisa Kleypas’ Blue-Eyed Devil and Jennifer Cruisie’s Manhunting. Today, we’re welcoming Renee as a new Narrator Friend – check out her page here at AudioGals.

A Week of Renee Raudman

We have a full week of Renee Raudman events planned including a two-part recorded talk, three giveaways, an overview of Renee’s romance narrations, a take on the highly popular Kate Daniels‘ series, and eleven audio reviews. You’ll find the week’s schedule after today’s interview.

The Giveaway

We’re giving away two sets of four Raudman titles courtesy of Brilliance Audio. Each set includes Lisa Kleypas’ Blue-Eyed Devil, Jennifer Crusie’s Manhunting, Julia London’s All I Need Is You, and Iris Johansen’s Blue Velvet in MP3-CD format.  Entry is simple. Just complete the easy entry form at the bottom of the page by midnight (CST) Thursday, January 9th. No comments are necessary although we’d love to hear your thoughts in our discussion area. You may only enter once. We’ll contact you the morning of January 10th so watch your email as we must have acknowledgement of your win within 24 hours. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll select another winner. Bloggers and reviewers, we welcome your entry. Entry is restricted to the U.S. and Canada.

Talking with Renee Raudman

Each time we record an AudioGals talk, Brenda is in the background recording, directing, and after the fact, producing the final product. Although today’s talk features Renee talking with me, you will hear both of us occasionally respond to Brenda as our time with Renee ended up being a fun-filled two plus hour chat between the three of us. Once we were done, Brenda whittled it down to an hour and we have split it into two parts. Part II will run tomorrow.

Remember that you can play these interviews on your phone or tablet straight from AudioGals or you can download each interview through Soundcloud to play on your MP3 device.

Part II includes a talk about Renee’s ability to voice those highly desirable heroes, her preparation and recording process, and  Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels and The Edge series from her perspective – among other things.

The Week’s Schedule

I want to thank fellow AudioGals Melinda and Brenda and reviewers Katherine, Victoria, Shannon, and Kaetrin for contributing reviews for this week.

Blue Eyed Devil 175Monday

Part I – Talking with Renee Raudman

Giveaway of two sets of Raudman titles. MP3-CDs. Courtesy of Brilliance Audio.

Reviews of Lisa Kleypas’ Blue-Eyed Devil (complete with a sound clip) and Jennifer Crusie’s Manhunting. Both audios are included in the four book giveaway.

Tuesday

Part II – Talking with Renee Raudman

Reviews of Iris Johansen’s Blue Velvet and Julia London’s All I Need Is You. Both audios are included in the four book giveaway.

Wednesday

An Overview of Renee’s Romance Titles

Giveaway – Two Winners will have their choice of series – Julia London’s Over the Edge series or Deborah Coonts’ Lucky series (the first three in the series) or Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series. MP3-CDs. Courtesy of Brilliance Audio.

Reviews of  Deborah Coonts’ Wanna Get Lucky? and Marina Adair’s Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Thursday

Reviews of Ally Carter’s United We Spy, Jessa Slade’s Vowed in Shadows, and Suzanne Brockmann’s Dark of Night and Breaking the Rules

Friday

A Take on Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels Series

Giveaway – Two Winners will have their choice of the first five audiobooks in Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series of the first three in The Edge series. Choice of MP3-CDs or downloads. Courtesy of Tantor Audio.

Review of Ilona Andrews’ Steel’s Edge.

It’s Time to Enter…

for your chance to win four Renee Raudman titles.

 

Giveaway closed

 

Here’s a link to the Nov. 14th 2011 Narrators Forum at AAR’s Speaking of Audiobooks mentioned in Renee’s talk today. Page back three times in the comments area using the “Older Comments” link to read the forum discussion from beginning to end – it takes place entirely in the Comments area.

Enjoy Renee Raudman with us all week long!

Lea Hensley

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  1. Cathy

    How have I missed Renee Raudman! I’ll be rectifying that…off to audible now ^_^ Thanks audio gals!

  2. Ann

    I have always loved audiobooks, and now that I’m directly involved as a narrator, I devour them with greater relish than before. It is a kind of decadent homework, and I find I learn a lot more from listening to proven narrators than chatting with a colleague. There are so many different styles, methods and tactics, and it’s good to learn by listening. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  3. Linda

    Something magical seems to happen whenever Renee channels a character’s pet. In both DOGS AND GODDESSES and HOMER (the blind kitty), the pets have dialogue that absolutely rivals the humans’! :)

  4. Karen Snow

    I love Renee. It was interesting to hear about her process and upcoming projects.

  5. Lori

    Yes, please!

  6. LilMissMolly

    I really enjoy your narrations of Catherine Coulter’s books.

  7. katherine

    How did you get started? Are you an actress first and foremost? A reader? did you read some kids nighttime stories?

  8. Renee Raudman

    Hello! What an amazing week’s it’s been! How do I even begin to thank everyone at Audiogals who have so graciously put together this week’s event. I can’t tell you how truly touching this is for me. In addition, I am humbled beyond words at the amount of work that has gone into making this week both exciting and special!

    I too, am moved by your support and positive comments about my work. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

    Linda: I loved your comment about the pets! Thank you!

    Katherine: I found myself really enjoying audio-style performances at a fairly young age. I would then enjoy trying to replicate them on my own little tape recorder. But I never thought about doing it professionally. Even when I began an acting career! However, I got a chance to audition for a voice over job, and booked it! What fun it was to record that very first commercial. And then a few more followed, and I continued to pursue this new avenue of entertainment. Eventually, I branched out into cartoons and video-games. I while I loved my theatrical on-camera work, it was exciting to get to be dozens of different characters behind the mic, that I’d never get to be in front of the camera.

    I would say (and I think most narrators would agree) that we consider ourselves actors and actresses first. And then we adjust our performances depending on the medium we perform in. Whether that’s a prime time television show, a radio commercial, a soap opera… or a narrator of audiobooks. Great question!

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