• Philip Benoit
  • Specializing in westerns, I bring a compelling storytelling style and vocal characterization to fiction and make the abstract concrete in philosophy/religion books.
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: PA, United States
  • Website: www.philipbenoit.com/
  • Available for: Royalty Share or $100-$200 PFH

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The Mountain of Slow Madness

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Western
Vocal Style : Range: low to mid range
Performance Notes
This short story is part of a series of works of Western fiction by Carl Dane featuring Marshal Josiah Hawke and his deputy, Tom Carmody. In this story the pair set out to find out why a young girl has wandered into town alone in a severe state of shock. Characters include a saloon maven who is romantically involved with Hawke, and a fanatical pastor whose mesmerized parishioners carry out his violent plots against local citizens. Carmody, a mountain man of humble origin, deploys a surprisingly deep knowledge of the Bible to debate the reverend who seeks to use scripture to justify the deputy's impending demise. The story is told by the marshal, and the narrator must create vocal renditions of male and female characters, two of which are children.

Another Song within Dialogue

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Western
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This one of several samples from a book about a young man from Oklahoma who comes of age during the period leading up to and including World War II. It illustrates how I handle the need to sing a song passage woven into dialogue among male and female characters.

I sing the Oklahoma Alma Mater

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Western
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
From a novel about an Oklahoma youth coming of age during World War II, this is a scene from a football game during his college years at Oklahoma. As narrator, I have to sing the OU alma mater to represent the crowd at the game chanting it together. There is also a brief rendition of the voice of Walter Cronkite as the Sooners' public address announcer.

Shortqrass: Mennonite Hymn

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Mid-West
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
From a novel about the life of a young Oklahoma Mennonite caught up in events leading up to and including World War II, this clip of the young man in a church service includes a passage in which I sing a portion of a classic Mennonite hymn.

North Side Hellion

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Excerpt from a historical fiction novel about Chicago gangsters during the Prohibition era. Narration intersperses with vocal characterizations of fictional and historic figures of the period.

Betty Zane

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Western
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This excerpt from a Zane Grey novel that I narrated as part of a four-book boxed set demonstrates a story telling style that uses narration of action combined with vocal characterizations of male and female characters in dialogue with one another.

The Outlet

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Cowboy
Performance Notes
This is from a classic western novel titled The Outlet by Andy Adams, which was first published in 1905. It is part of a series of westerns that will be sold as a box set of four books by classic western authors. The text is in the first person. The narration style evokes the persona of a cattle drover in the 1880s.

Osage Dawn (Action)

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Mid-West
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This is my narration of a fight scene from the western "Osage Dawn." The tone is straightforward, and the intensity and pacing suggest movement and action.

Osage Dawn

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This passage from a western novel consists of a short clip of dialogue between a man and a women. In the passage there is a disagreement between them regarding the best course of action after the male character rescues the female character from a band of renegade Indians. It demonstrates how I make variations in vocal pitch, pacing, and intensity to define each character and to delineate the characters one from the other.

Spirit Trail

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Mid-West
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This is short sample from a story about a young man seeking revenge for the massacre of his pioneer family by Indians. The scene is a confrontation in the forest between the main character and his female companion and a trapper who engages in selling captives to the French.

The French and Indian War

Category : History
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
This is an excerpt from an early chapter of a title that examines the history of the French and Indian War from the perspective of the French government under Louis XV. The sample reflects an authoritative treatment of a complicated work of historical scholarship directed toward a lay readership. The narration elicits the nuances of the events and the traits of the individuals that contributed to the ultimate failure of France's efforts to retain its colonies in North America in the 18th century, and brings that history to life for the average reader.

Death of Humanity: Foucault

Category : Religion & Spirituality
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
This is an excerpt from a book I narrated/produced that explores the thoughts and ideas of classical philosophers in relation to their bearing on the Christian worldview. The narration is an example of how I apply an articulate, authoritative style, tight audio editing, and high production values to a project that contains complex ideas that can be difficult to understand.

Death of Humanity - Sartre

Category : Religion & Spirituality
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
This is part of a discussion of the ideas of existential writer Jean Paul Satre as they are considered in a book that I narrated. The book is devoted to consideration of the ideas of various classical philosopher/thinkers and their relationship to the Christian worldview. The clip illustrates my approach to interpreting texts that can be difficult to follow because of the complexity of the ideas expressed.

I am the producer/narrator of 22 titles currently for sale on Audible. I specialize in interpretation of fiction (particularly westerns), religious/philosophical subjects, and historical nonfiction. My projects range from 30 minutes to 32 hours of finished production. Samples included here comprise works of several genres. For western fiction, I have developed a narrative style reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in the 1940s radio series, "The Six Shooter." In other fiction work, I have been called upon to sing, create vocal impressions of historical characters like Walter Cronkite, John F. Kennedy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and to create in a single scene, dialogue among characters of differing genders and nationalities. One fiction author I recently worked with commented to his publisher, "May I say that this guy is GREAT! Wow!...He really found the groove. He puts his whole heart into it, and the commitment and preparation is evident...Thank you for securing this marvelously talented gentleman for [my book]." I have experience as a radio newscaster and video host, and I frequently read scripture in local religious services, where I am referred to by some as the "Voice of God." As a former college faculty member I have taught courses in broadcast performance, broadcast and print journalism, and audio production. I am the co-author of several books including widely used college textbooks on announcing and audio production. My voice is a resonant baritone, and I offer an articulate, authoritative style of delivery that is well suited to both non-fiction and storytelling. My samples demonstrate some of the reading styles and character interpretation techniques that I offer.
Producer/Narrator: Hack Anyone's Soul (Amazon, 2016); Why Your Pastor Left (Amazon, 2016); The Death of Humanity (Regnery Publlishing, 2016); The French and Indian War (University Press Audiobooks, 2016); Spirit Trail (Oghma Creative Media, 2016); Osage Dawn (Oghma Creative Media, 2017); Combat Chaplain (University Press Audiobooks, 2016); Hallowed Ground (Oghma Creative Media, 2017); Western Starter Library (Raging Bull Publishing, 2017); North Side Hellion (Benjamin D. Broeren, 2017); The Fine Line (Raging Bull Publishing, 2017); The Wounded Horse (Raging Bull Publishing, 2017)
"Phil Benoit brings life to my characters and does a terrific job of getting the story to play out in the theater of the mind. It's a pitch-perfect rendition with remarkable consistency and never a false note. I should also add that the technical quality of his productions are magnificent. It's not generally known that Phil is the co-author of several textbooks on audio production and announcing. The technical excellence really adds a tone of top-rank quality to his pieces." (Carl Dane, Author: "Valley of the Lesser Evil" and others in the Hawke and Carmody series of western fiction.) "May I say that this guy is GREAT! Wow!...He really found the groove. He puts his whole heart into it, and the commitment and preparation is evident...Thank you for securing this marvelously talented gentleman for [my book]." (John J. Dwyer, Author: "Shortgrass") "Thank YOU for taking on this project. Darrel [author] is ecstatic with the finished product, as is the rest of our staff. You knocked both Spirit Trail and Osage Dawn out of the park. Great work!" (Casey Cowan, Creative Director, Oghma Creative Media) "The subject matter, while rather dense and complicated, is accessible and understandable thanks to the professional, well paced narration." (Review on Audible for "Hack Anyone's Soul")

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