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Renee Raudman

renee_work_6She’s the voice in your ear and the voice in your car. She’s the voice of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanova, Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland, and who Danielle Steel, the 4th bestselling author of all time (800 million copies sold) handpicked for her latest book release.  Meet Renée Raudman, the most famous voice you’ve heard, but never heard of.

Renée Raudman is an award-winning audio book narrator who has performed in film and television radio and on stage. During the past seven years, she has used her signature dulcet tones and versatile acting technique to build a large and loyal audience for the nearly 300 books that she has narrated – many of them bestsellers.

Publishers and authors of modern fiction, non-fiction, and YA (young adult) trust in Renée’s honed skills for conveying their story to avid listeners. She has recorded for some of the best known authors in the world, including Catherine Coulter and Suzanne Brockmann. Among her latest work is Danielle Steel’s latest novel, “Pure Joy,” released October 2013. And, her work recently was listed several times (in several different categories) in one of the romance bibles of the audiobook industry, “The Audiogals Guide to Romance – The Classics.”

Renée is lauded by critics for her commitment to story, her differentiation of characters, and her ability to convey emotion and the writer’s intent on every page –  whether it be fiction, non-fiction, memoir or young adult. She is known for her strong voicing of both her female and male characters. But she is particularly hailed for her love scenes! Indeed, recently some of her fan base had an uprising when an author team, whom she had narrated many books in their series, changed audio publishers. Their scores of comments, posted in social media, convinced the new audio publisher to hire only Renée to continue the series.

Prior to her career in book narration, she was a successful television actress with credits that included the recurring role of Jordon, on ABC’s “One Life To Live,” Phyllis on NBC’s “Passions,” in addition to guest-starring in roles on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journey” and more.  She voiced characters on Fox’s “The Simpsons,” can be heard on Cartoon Network as Miss Butterbean on “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy” and is the voice of the narrator on the E! Entertainment’s series “Starmaps.”

For the past seven years, however, she has been laser focused on audiobooks, with her own career expanding exponentially as audiobooks became a $1.2 billion-a-year industry.  In fact, her narrative audio style helped influenced and established the trend widely used now, creating a more fully theatrical and character rich audio experience.

“When audiobooks were first being produced for a more mass market, the trend was toward a ‘single-voiced’ read with, at most, subtle changes for each different character. However, I didn’t know that when I narrated my first audiobook.  I just assumed the approach I took – voicing a distinctive personality for each major character – would be best suited for this medium as well,” she says.

_DSC3166When it came to fiction, she says that she used her acting background to fully commit to every scene and the specifics for each character, whether male or female, human or monster.  This included action sequences as well as love scenes.

“My goal was to make a movie for the mind,” she explained

Her media partners are the top English-language audiobook publishers in the world, including Audible.com, Blackstone Audio, Brilliance Audio, Books On Tape, Echristian.com, Harper Audio (Harper Collins), Listening Library, Oasis Audio, Penguin Group Audio, Random House Audio, Tantor Media and Zondervan.

She has earned several Earphone Awards from Audiofile magazine from a variety of genres.  She was awarded Publisher’s Weekly “Listen UP” award, as well as many “Starred Reviews” by Publishers’ Weekly for her works. In recent years, she has been selected by The Library Journal and the ALA (American Library Association) as having narrated one of their top audiobooks for the year. Nominated for several Audie Awards (the audiobook’s version of the Academy Award), she was nominated in the same category with Oscar-winning actor Johnny Depp. She has taught both acting and audiobook narration and directed celebrity clients in audiobooks, including Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Sorbo.

In addition to audiobooks, her voice appears on several video games including the bestselling titles “Metal Gear Solid,”  “Everquest II,” “So Com II,” “Buraiden,” “Gungrave OD,” and “Pursuit Force.”  And if that isn’t enough, Renée has recorded hundreds of voice-overs for TV and radio commercials, including a two-year run as the voice of the Target retail stores, and voicing major political campaigns.

Recently, she embarked upon a new role as an entrepreneur and producer. Her own production company hires other narrators to voice technically rich audio text-books for colleges and universities – a niche that is expected to explode in the coming years with the popularization of online colleges and universities.  These higher-education audio textbooks allow all students (including those with vision or reading disabilities) to study and review from their iPods, cell phones or laptops and tablets.

Renée lives in the Westlake Village community of Los Angeles and recently became engaged. In her spare time, she does not pick up a book.

Bio provided to AudioGals by Arlene Howard Public Relations.

 

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Renee’s Interview with AudioGals Part 1

Renee’s Interview with AudioGals Part 2

 

Renee’s Romance Titles

 

Marina Adair

St. Helena Vineyard series

 

Steve Almond, Julianna Baggott

Which Brings Me to You

 

On the EdgeIlona Andrews

The Edge series

Kate Daniels series

 

Terri Blackstock

Cape Refuge Series

 

Marie Bostwick

A Thread of Truth

 

Suzanne Brockmann

Troubleshooter series:

Into the Fire, Book 13

Dark of Night, Book 14

Hot Pursuit,  Book 15

Breaking the Rules, Book 16

 

Josie Brown

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

 

Sandra Brown

The Devil’s Own

French Silk

Honor Bound

Love Beyond Reason

Tempest in Eden

Temptation’s Kiss

Tomorrow’s Promise

 

Ally Carter

Gallagher Girls series

 

Elizabeth Chandler

Kissed by an Angel series

 

Anita Clenney

The Relic Seekers series

 

Deborah Coonts

Lucky O’Toole Series

 

Catherine Coulter

Aftershocks

Beyond Eden

False Pretenses

The Final Cut

Impulse

FBI Thriller series:

Hemlock Bay – Book 6

Knock Out – Book 13

Whiplash – Book 14

Split Second – Book 15

Bombshell – Book 17

 

Cheryl Crane

Nikki Harper series

 

ManhuntingJennifer Crusie

Don’t Look Down

Manhunting

 

Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, & Lani Diane Rich

Dogs and Goddesses

 

Janet Dailey

Something More

 

Laura Dave

London Is the Best City in America

 

MaryJanice Davidson

Me, Myself, and Why

 

Mary E. DeMuth

The Muir House

Defiance Texas trilogy

 

Christine Feehan

Wild Rain

 

Donna Fleisher

Homeland Heroes series

 

Dorothy Garlock

A Week from Sunday

 

Molly Gloss

The Hearts of Horses

 

Larissa Ione

Passion Unleashed

 

Lisa Jackson

He’s Just a Cowboy

 

Iris Johansen

Blue Velvet

 

Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil

 

Jayne Ann Krentz

Wizard

 

Jill Marie Landis

Irish Angel series

 

Rachel Lee

Just a Cowboy

 

All I Need is YouJulia London

Over the Edge series

 

Elisa Lorello

Adulation

 

Debbie Macomber

Christmas Letters

The Sooner, The Better

Trading Christmas

 

Susan Mallery

The Best of Friends

Sunset Bay

 

Fern Michaels

Wish List

 

DiAnn Mills

Breach of Trust

 

Jane Peart

Brides of Montclair series

 

Tracie Peterson

Land of the Lone Star series

 

Carly Phillips

Lucky series

 

Lionel Shriver

Double Fault

 

Jessa Slade

Marked Souls series

 

Danielle Steel

Betrayal

 

Nancy Thayer

Moonshell Beach

 

Kate White

The Bailey Weggins series

 

Tina Whittle

Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series