From "The 34th Degree" by Thomas Greanias

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : New Zealand
Vocal Style : Masculine
Performance Notes
A bit of WWII action involving an aerial Nazi attack and a dying New Zealander. AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE REVIEW: "Robert Fass uses his deep, rich voice and acting talents to convincingly portray the many different Greek, German, English, American, and other characters that fill this complicated and far-fetched story. Fass is so talented that the listener can’t help but set reality aside and get on board this rollicking ride." A.C.P. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2011]

From "Inner Simple-Mindedness" by Robert Fass and Mary Morse

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
From our hilarious parody of self-help books, "Inner Simple-Mindedness: Unclutter Your Life and Empty Your Head in 50 Easy Steps." This short chapter, "Conversation Starters for Social Occasions," is one of 50 tips designed to get you into serious trouble.

From "Victory" by Lester Del Rey

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Quirky
Performance Notes
From a 2011 Audie Finalist, this clip contains a bit of "alien-speak" from a classic sci-fi novella in which I was called upon to create characters from several different alien races. This appears on the all-star Classic Science Fiction Stories anthology from AudioGO, along with fine performances from Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren, and others.

From "Learning to Die in Miami" by Carlos Eire

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : Hispanic
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE REVIEW: "Gifted narrator Robert Fass exploits all the ironic humor and sadness of two young Cuban brothers who are adjusting to their new country, new language, and new school—without their parents. In an airlift few remember, Carlos and Tony arrived in Miami as refugees from the increasingly oppressive Castro government of the early 1960s. The younger brother records his painful memories of racial bullying, mayonnaise sandwiches, and huge rats. As they become bilingual, the boys’ raw thoughts in their native language act as hilarious dramatic asides. Fass’s sandy, taciturn voice makes addictive a story that everyone who was once a child will appreciate. He has total control of the three languages spoken: English (mostly), Mexican Spanish, and Cuban Spanish. He even sings 'O Tannenbaum' in Austrian German." J.A.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2010]

From "Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America"

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE REVIEW, June 2011: "Robert Fass narrates in a doleful, sober voice that matches the book’s tone. To his credit, he keeps the story of what happened going when it could easily devolve into melodrama. Fass shades his voice to indicate that a character is speaking, but for the most part he uses a straightforward tone and an even pace to deliver the harrowing story." Publisher's description: Before Adam Walsh, there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, no pedophile registry. His 1981 abduction and murder, unsolved for over a quarter of a century, forever changed America. One sunny July morning in 1981, Revé Walsh and her six-year-old son, Adam, stopped by the local Sears to pick up some new lamps. Enchanted by a video game at the store's entrance, Adam begged Revé to let him try it out while she shopped. When she returned a few minutes later, Adam was gone. The shock of Adam's murder, and of the inability of the police and the FBI to find his killer, radically altered American innocence and our ideas about childhood. Gone forever were the days when parents would allow their kids out of the house with the casual instruction "Be home by dark!" Revé and John Walsh, who would go on to create America's Most Wanted, became advocates for the transformation of law enforcement's response to and handling of such cases. Prompted by the Walshes' activism, Congress passed the Missing Children Act in 1982, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was founded in 1984. While our lives have been significantly altered by Adam Walsh's case, few of us know the whole story: how, after more than 27 years of relentless investigation, decorated Miami Beach homicide detective Joe Matthews finally identified Adam's killer. Bringing Adam Home is the definitive account of this horrifying crime.

From "Say Her Name" by Francisco Goldman

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
Earphones Award winner; named one of AudioFile's 10 BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2011. From AUDIOFILE review 8/18/11: "SAY HER NAME is a beautifully written and beautifully narrated autobiographical novel of love, tragedy, and grief. Francisco Goldman met Aura Estrada when he was 47 and she was 25. He was a successful novelist, and she was a PhD student and emerging writer. Only two years into their marriage, Aura was killed in a freak bodysurfing accident on a Mexican beach. Narrator Robert Fass has an appealing soft tone to his voice, impeccable timing, and an enviable ease switching between English and Mexican Spanish. Even more important is his sensitive rendering of Goldman’s emotions—from infinite gratitude and awe at meeting and loving Aura to shocking, soul-crushing guilt and loss following her death. It’s a stunning production that allows Aura to live on." From LIBRARY JOURNAL review 7/25/11: "Robert Fass's narration is never melodramatic; instead he maintains an even keel throughout -- even during the book's most heart-wrenching moments. Fass captures the book's spirit with its gentle mourning for a lost paradise of marital bliss." From BOOKLIST review 9/15/11: "Fass’ reading shows understanding and respect for the grieving author. He captures the guilt, grief, and deep loss in a realistic, unsentimental narration. Fass’ fluent Spanish pronunciations are an asset, as some conversations and writings are in Spanish. Fass depicts Aura with humor and verve, capturing her joy of life and love for her husband and others. He is especially adept at reading playful, humorous byplay between the two main characters. By the time details of Aura’s death are revealed, we have come to love and care about her. Fass’ skillful voicing of her many moods and aspirations adds to our feelings." An excerpt from the critical smash hit (and Oprah book for May 2011) by Francisco Goldman.

From "Farewell, Summer" by Ray Bradbury

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Mid-West
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
I am proud to have been hand-picked by Ray Bradbury to read the long-awaited sequel to his classic Dandelion Wine, published 50 years after its predecessor. AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE REVIEW: ''Robert Fass brings the story to life, using a enlivening mix of emotion and enthusiasm that helps the book seemingly fly by... Fass's distinct characterizations are particularly memorable, especially young Spaulding, who focuses his energies on the town elders and on old man Quartermain, who tries to teach Spaulding and his friends a lesson, only to discover that he may learn more than they do.''

From "Buying In" by Rob Walker

Category : Nonfiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Opening passage of New York Times columnist Rob Walker's book on consumer trends and modern marketing. 2009 AUDIE NOMINEE FOR NON-FICTION.

from "Valentine, July Heat Wave" by Joyce Carol Oates

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Spooky
Performance Notes
A bit of modern gothic horror from Oates's short story collection, The Museum of Dr. Moses.

I am an Audie- and Earphones-award-winning SAG-AFTRA narrator equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters and dialects. It has been my pleasure to give voice to modern and classic fiction writers including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Joseph Heller, Isaac Asimov, Carlos Fuentes, Jeffrey Deaver, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Steinbeck, plus non-fiction works in U.S. and world history, health and business. It was my privilege to narrate five volumes of the prestigious Oxford History of the United States series for Audible. Other publishers for whom I have recorded include Blackstone, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, Tantor, HarperAudio, HighBridge, Dreamscape, and Oasis. I was personally selected by Ray Bradbury, out of all the talented actors considered, to narrate "Farewell, Summer", the long-awaited sequel to his timeless and beloved classic "Dandelion Wine". I also gave voice to 160 diverse characters (mostly British, French, Irish and Scottish) - unofficially a world record at the time for a single audiobook - in John Steinbeck's "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights". As the son of a librarian, I've loved reading all my life. As a professional writer myself, I appreciate the power of language. As a fan, I know what it's like to be in thrall to a great narrator. And as a performer for over 40 years, I bring a wealth of experience to bear in preparing and delivering a narration that best communicates your intention as an author. Importantly, that includes my customary care and efficiency in catching proofreading errors and typos as well as bringing the correct pronunciation to any vocabulary. (I am particularly skilled in pronouncing German, French, Spanish, and Italian phrases.)
SELECTED UNABRIDGED TITLES: Francisco Goldman - SAY HER NAME (Fiction) (EARPHONES AWARD winner; named one of AudioFile's 10 Best Books of 2011) Gordon S. Wood - EMPIRE OF LIBERTY (Oxford History of the US series) 2011 AUDIE winner (US History) George Packer - THE UNWINDING (National Book Award winner, nonfiction - History) Ray Bradbury - FAREWELL SUMMER (Fantasy) Jávier Marías - THUS BAD BEGINS (Literary Fiction) Adam Haslett - IMAGINE ME GONE (Literary Fiction) Nele Neuhaus - SNOW WHITE MUST DIE (Detective) Isaac Asimov - PEBBLE IN THE SKY (Science Fiction) Joyce Carol Oates - THE MUSEUM OF DR. MOSES (Suspense/Horror) John Steinbeck - THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS (Classics) Whitley Strieber - WOLFEN (Horror) George Plimpton - OUT OF MY LEAGUE (Sports Memoir) Juan Gabriel Marquez - REPUTATIONS (Literary Fiction) Rob Dunn - THE MAN WHO TOUCHED HIS OWN HEART (Medicine) Nathaniel Popper - DIGITAL GOLD (Finance) Michael Morell - THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME (History/Memoir) Russell H. Greenan - IT HAPPENED IN BOSTON? (Literary Fiction/Mystery) James W. Pennebaker - THE SECRET LIFE OF PRONOUNS (Sociology/Psychology) Ellen Kushner - SWORDSPOINT (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) (AUDIE and EARPHONES AWARD winner) Robert Greenfield - THE LAST SULTAN (Biography) Lester Del Rey - VICTORY (Science Fiction) - (Classic sci-fi anthology with fellow narrators Scott Brick, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren, Simon Vance, Nick Sullivan, Stephen R. Thorne, and Greg Itzin) 2011 AUDIE FINALIST (Multi-Voiced Performance category) Carlos Fuentes - NIETZSCHE ON HIS BALCONY (Fiction), VLAD (Horror), ADAM IN EDEN (Fiction) Frank Tallis - The Max Liebermann Mysteries (VIENNA TWILIGHT, VIENNA SECRETS, FATAL LIES, VIENNA BLOOD, DEATH & THE MAIDEN, THE MELANCHOLY COUNTESS) (Mystery) Ned Vizzini - IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (Young Adult) Thomas Mullen - THE REVISIONISTS (Contemporary Sci-Fi) Thomas Greanias - THE 34TH DEGREE (Thriller) Rob Walker - BUYING IN (Business) - 2009 AUDIE FINALIST David Servan-Schreiber - ANTICANCER (Health) - 2009 GRAMMY CANDIDATE Frederic Spotts - HITLER & THE POWER OF AESTHETICS (History) Bill Janovitz - 33-1/3: EXILE ON MAIN ST. (Rock) Jeffery Deaver - FOREVER (Thriller), THE SEQUEL (Mystery) OTHER AUDIO: Volunteer reader to the blind and visually impaired 1998-2010, heard nationwide broadcasting The New Yorker magazine weekly. Featured performer and panelist, HearNow Festival, Kansas City, 2013, 2015, 2016. Lead performer, "A Night's Work," Midwest Radio Theatre Workshop heard on National Public Radio. Former producer and host of "Radio Free Association," an improvisational radio drama series for children (WNYE-FM, New York). Disk Jockey, WMCN radio, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. ACTING: Extensive credits for stage (including off-Broadway, regional, corporate, improvisation and sketch comedy troupes), TV commercials and corporate industrials, and role-play training in a variety of industries.
Audie winner 2013 for Audio Drama, SWORDSPOINT by Ellen Kushner (Audible). Audie winner 2011 for History, EMPIRE OF LIBERTY by Gordon S. Wood (Audible). Eight-time Audie nominee. Earphones Award winner, SAY HER NAME by Francisco Goldman (Tantor) Earphones Award winner, SWORDSPOINT by Ellen Kushner (Audible). Named one of AudioFile's Top 10 Audiobooks of 2011 (Fiction), SAY HER NAME Audie nominee 2009 for BUYING IN by Rob Walker (BBC Audiobooks America) Grammy candidate 2009 for ANTICANCER by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D. (BBCAA) SELECTED REVIEWS: Francisco Goldman. SAY HER NAME (Tantor): Narrator Robert Fass has an appealing soft tone to his voice, impeccable timing, and an enviable ease switching between English and Mexican Spanish. Even more important is his sensitive rendering of Goldman's emotions-from infinite gratitude and awe at meeting and loving Aura to shocking, soul-crushing guilt and loss following her death. It's a stunning production that allows Aura to live on." WINNER, EARPHONES AWARD Carlos Eire. LEARNING TO DIE IN MIAMI (Tantor): "Gifted narrator Robert Fass exploits all the ironic humor and sadness of two young Cuban brothers who are adjusting to their new country, new language, and new school-without their parents... Fass's sandy, taciturn voice makes addictive a story that everyone who was once a child will appreciate. He has total control of the three languages spoken: English (mostly), Mexican Spanish, and Cuban Spanish. He even sings 'O Tannenbaum' in Austrian German." -AudioFile Thomas Greanias, THE 34TH DEGREE (Tantor): "Robert Fass uses his deep, rich voice and acting talents to convincingly portray the many different Greek, German, English, American, and other characters that fill this complicated and far-fetched story. Fass is so talented that the listener can't help but set reality aside and get on board this rollicking ride." -AudioFile Jeffery Deaver, FOREVER (Audio Renaissance): "The attitude and tone Robert Fass gives Simms is masterful." -Audiofile "…his Simms is such an interesting, persnickety character that listeners will hope for a full-length adventure about him." -Publishers Weekly Ray Bradbury. FAREWELL SUMMER (BBC Audiobooks): "Robert Fass brings the story to life, using a enlivening mix of emotion and enthusiasm that helps the book seemingly fly by... Fass's distinct characterizations are particularly memorable." -Audiofile Rob Walker. BUYING IN (BBC Audiobooks - 2009 nonfiction Audie nominee): "Fass puts the energy of a caffeinated sports drink into his delivery, projecting the author's message like a super-salesman. He modulates his tone and volume to keep listeners' attention as they learn the trade secrets of 'commercial persuasion.' " -AudioFile

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