• Jem Matzan
  • Expressive voice actor and award-winning Audible Approved producer
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: FL, United States
  • Website: creativeaudiobooks.com
  • Available for: Royalty Share or $400-$1000 PFH

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Biography: The Red Baron

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : German
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
An excerpt from The Red Baron: The Life and Legacy of Manfred von Richthofen by Charles River Editors. Includes German pronunciation of some words.

Jewish man, Aboriginal man forming plans for a casino

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : Indian
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
In this scene from Tropical Depression by Laurence Shames, a retired Jewish man and a middle-aged Native American man solidify their new friendship by forming plans to put a casino on the Indian's ancestral lands near Key West.

Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman as FBI agents

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Raspy
Performance Notes
This is an excerpt from Tropical Swap, written by Laurence Shames. In this scene, two aged FBI agents -- one "rogue" much like Dirty Harry, and one straightedge -- discuss secretly trying to crack a case involving a Mafia-run insider trading scheme.

Young woman and old gangster chatting at a bar

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Feminine
Performance Notes
A 22-year-old woman goes into an unpopular tavern to see if her friend-maybe-more Nicky is playing guitar there. Instead, she finds Bert "The Shirt", an 80-year-old retired mobster. They have a philosophical conversation about how to handle life's tougher problems.

Patrick Bateman-style narrator

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
This is from Key West Luck, a comedy crime caper series set in Key West. It's third-person limited with a focus on a different character each chapter. I decided to make the narrator sound biased toward each focused character. Since the writing style is detailed and expressive in terms of character likes and dislikes, it reminded me of Christian Bale's voiceover narration in American Psycho. So I used Patrick Bateman as a model for this book's narration.

Humphrey Bogart stylized narration

Category : Travel & Adventure
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This is a clip from Quatermain: The New Adventures. It's first-person past-tense narration from the perspective of a riverboat pilot in colonial Africa. The author intended to model this character after Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen, so I made the choice to do the same, minus the New York accent. There is some Trans-Atlantic flair in this voice; unfortunately that is not an option in the Accent drop-down menu.

Swashbuckling fantasy, multiple character voices

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
The great race between Sinbad the Sailor and Anwar Abd-Anwar The Clockwork Sorcerer is announced and commenced in Basra.

Depressed political activist and chainsmoking journalist at a bar

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Quirky
Performance Notes
This is a scene from Deathwish World, where a 40ish political activist is complaining to a former journalist about his lack of success. The former journalist is a Hal Holbrook type: thin, in his late 50s, and smokes cigarettes.

British narrator, male and female characters

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-West Country
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
From my production of The Not-World. The narrator is a lightweight British RP with a storyteller personality. The male character is a teenager from the West Country, though I have dulled his accent slightly to enhance clarity and show his education. The female character is a predatory, seductive widow with a lightweight RP dialect.

Peter Lorre, Lee van Cleef, suspense/thriller narration

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
In this excerpt from The Hero, the narration is tuned for action and suspense, and the two main characters are inspired by Peter Lorre and Lee van Cleef.

Teenage girl, teenage "jock" boy, and shy English teenage boy

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Male narrating a female part
Performance Notes
This is the retail excerpt from Firsts, by Rosalie Stanton. There are three characters in this sample: an American teenage girl, an American teenage boy, and a British teenage boy.

American man and Canadian man out fishing

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
This is the retail excerpt from Lost Treasure, by Kate Sherwood. There are two characters in this scene: one is American, the other Canadian. Both are in their mid-20s.

I specialize in creating immersive, movie-voiceover quality audiobooks. Every character voice is distinct and fits the story and the character's personality without being "cartoony." I don't do foley sound effects, but I have developed vocal effects for things like a comedy club PA system for a standup routine, telephone conversations, internal monologues, supernatural characters, and robotic / AI characters. If you want one of your characters to sound like The Lich King or C-3PO, I can do that. For a reduced rate, I can also do "straight reads" with no characterizations. For royalty share projects, I'll assist with promotion. I have a "release announcements" email list, and in the past I've done podcast interviews, giveaway cards, book signings, live readings, social media giveaways, and special promos like interviews with the author or audio essays on character development and production techniques.
As an actor I've done live multi-voice radio shows, interactive improvisational theater, stage, television, and radio. As a writer I've written 12 books for a variety of publishers, under my own name and as a ghostwriter. As a producer, I've successfully created spoken-word poetry albums and many audiobooks. Completed ACX projects: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_pd_Sci-Fi_c2_1_narr?searchNarrator=Jem+Matzan
I won the Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award for Fiction in April 2018 for my production of One Big Joke. I was nominated for a 2016 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Award for "Audiobook, Best Audio Engineer" for Key West Luck. http://sovas.org/1309-2/ I was awarded a Silver certificate for the 2017 Podcastpalooza at the HEAR Now Festival, for Tropical Depression. I was nominated for a 2018 Audiobook Reviewer Listener's Choice Award for the Mystery genre, for Money Talks. Here's what author Laurence Shames said about working with me to produce audiobooks: http://theauthorbiz.com/how-to-eliminate-audiobook-anxiety-with-laurence-shames/ Here's what Rosalie Stanton, author of Firsts, said about working with me on her audiobook project: "As both an author and an audio-book enthusiast, I absolutely recommend Jem Matzan for any audio project. He captures the mood of the story, gives strong, distinctive voices to the characters, and has a natural ear for how dialogue is supposed to sound. The result is a quality product that will have you thinking of your book in a whole new, even better, way."

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