#Audiobook Blog Tour: Bootleggers by Paul Rudd

Author: Paul Rudd

Narrators: Jordan Wolfe, Jennifer Martin, Rod Glenn, Emily Wyatt, Caitlyn Wolfe

Length: 13 hours 43 minutes

Publisher: Paul Rudd

Released: Feb. 11, 2021

Genre: Fiction

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Welcome to 1987, part of the era of VHS and arcade games. A time when teenagers on BMXs create worlds of imagination. 

The Four Horsemen – Tommy, Mikey, Kurt, and Ted – need something new to spice up their gatherings because, well, boys will be boys. When a stranger approaches Mikey with bootlegged tapes in the trunk of his car, Mikey isn’t interested, but the board game the man presents might just do the trick. 

The Horsemen become Bootleggers to play this life-altering game, assuming avatars with a twist to every tale and forging into the realms created by a sadistic madman known as Mr. Nobody. Everything is at risk – family, friends, and their entire town; they must play, or everyone dies. 

When folk are murdered, the boys know there is only one way to end the game. It is time to change the rules and kick some ass.

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No, he’s not the actor, or Ant Man, Paul Rudd, the author, is UK based and tends to delve into Sci-Fi/horror/fantasy genres.

Sharks have been a passion since he first watched Jaws at an age far too young to print. Writing about sharks, and in particular, the prehistoric Megalodon sharks, seemed an obvious route to take, and so began the creation of Paul’s debut novel Sharc.

Released in 2012, Sharc led to Sharc Bait (book 2 of the series), London Warriors followed, and then Wild Wild Dead, along with the Chronicles of Supernatural Warfare. Shark Spawn and Bootleggers, the latest release (first published in 2020).

All of Paul’s releases can be found under the Ravenous Roadkill banner, and Ebooks available through Wild Wolf Publishing. Audiobooks for Sharc, Sharc Bait, Wild Wild Dead, London Warriors, Shark Spawn and Bootleggers are all available through Audible.

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Q&A with Narrator Jordan Wolfe
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • I became an audiobook narrator from a love of performing.  As an acting professor in North Carolina, I have always had a knack for telling stories.  I love the idea of bringing unique and interesting works to life, and narration gave me another outlet to do that, especially during the pandemic.
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I have two master degree’s in theatre, while I do not believe it is essential to perform audiobooks, i do consider it a great help.  To find subtext for each character to bring it to life in new and unique ways is a great help.  I teach dialects and voice for performance and that is at the core of what I do with audiobooks.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • I love all aspects of narration, the performance, the editing, the sound engineering. It is a skill set that i have only recently gotten into, but it fascinates me and brings me quite a lot of joy to quote Marie Kondo.
  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
    • When deciding how to approach characters, I first read the book first and take notes. I allow their actions and how they approach other characters to help me find their voice.  I use inspiration from media, personal friends and acquaintances, and let those influence and meld into a unique voice for the narration.  Of course, I work with the author with how they hear the character as well and come to a final product.
  • Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?
    • If I could narrate for any author, I would take any of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, or Orson Scott Card in the Ender or Bean series.  Those books really spoke to me when I was young, and inspired me as a lover of science fiction, fantasy and reading in general.  To be able to narrate for those who got inspired you would be amazing.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I never find listening to audiobooks as cheating, or inferior to actually reading.  I have long done both.  I find them both beneficial depending on the situation.  As someone who has a long commute, i find getting lost in a narration helps me pass the time much more quickly than music does.  The narration also guides my own reading to understand character names, intent, and the minutiae of the world.  I even do them simultaneously, to get my own unique interpretation of the world, then hear someone else’s and see how close or far we were away.  It is like having a book club without the discussion.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • If you want to get into narration, please understand it takes time.  You need good equipment, a quiet place to work, and the patience to fix mistakes.  A read takes two to three hours for each hour someone will hear as a finished audiobook, and that is before edits and retakes.  You will need to look up words, we mispronounce words all the time, so don’t guess, take the five seconds and look it up.
  • What type of the review comments do you find most constructive?
    • I never read the reviews for books I narrate, positive or negative, and trust me you will get both.  I take criticism from those in the field, I have a list of people I know and trust, who i have listen to my books and give me feedback on performance, speed and technique.  It’s not that I don’t trust the readers on public sites, but we all create bonds with characters or ideas in our head if we read the book before we listen, and we can bring in baggage.  Besides, I try to not let my my ego get to big, or to small by taking everything every comment to heart.
  • Has anyone ever recognized you from your voice?
    • I have had one or two people recognize my voice, but by the time it hits shelves, it is edited to be the best sounding voice it can be, bass notes brought out, mouth noises mostly removed, brightened and enhanced.  I like it that way, i would much rather people enjoy the book, and be able to walk the streets in peace.

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