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Take my heart and give me judgement - extract

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This extract from Julius Schenk's Dark fantasy trilogy: 'Dark Gods and Tainted Souls.' It is one of my most recent projects and features three characters, both male and female, with a variety of accents and ages.

King's Trap

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Male narrating a female part
Performance Notes
This is chapter 5 from a fantasy book I narrated for Peter Meredith on Audible. It includes a variety of characters, most of which speak with US accents (although I narrate with a British accent.) It also features two female characters so that you can see how I approach narrating members of the opposite sex. I don't rely on simply raising the pitch but concentrate on inflections such as longer vowels and a smoother tone (among other factors.)

The Beast of Both Worlds

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Brooding
Performance Notes
This is one of my own full length horror short stories narrated with a more brooding tone. It includes the guttural voice of a demon and the feminine voice of an enchantress.

Acadia

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Brooding
Performance Notes
This is the first five minute sample of Sterling Nixon's 'Acadia' which, at the time of writing, is already selling well only a few days after release. The style is brooding/storyteller.

Blackadder - Beer

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
Performance Notes
This is a sample to highlight comedic timing and exaggerated voices. I haven't tried to directly imitate Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson et al, but try to capture the essence of these classic episodes. This is the first scene from this episode, featuring Blackadder, his friend Sir Percy and Baldrick his hapless manservant.

Dark Gods and Tainted Souls

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Edinburgh
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
This is a successful audition piece for Jules Schenk's fantasy trilogy, 'Dark Gods and Tainted Souls.' Much of the narration is in storytelling voice, but in the last two minutes you will find dialogue largely between an unscrupulous slave owner and a nobleman with a Scots accent.

The Lord of the Rings

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Quirky
Performance Notes
This sample illustrates my interpretation of Gollum's vocal style and gives an idea of the range of voices I can produce. It also includes Sam Gamgee's West-country accent and Frodo's more standard English. Extract is taken from the Two Towers and 'The taming of Smeagol.

Possession at 3,000 perforations a minute

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Brooding
Performance Notes
This is a short horror/mystery story I wrote with an edgy, authoritative, brooding mc. It includes standard British accent and a Mancunian, woman's accent (at about 3 min 48 secs). The antagonist is female and appears toward the end of the story.

Conan the barbarian

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Masculine
Performance Notes
This sample is taken from Robert E. Howard's story 'The God In The Bowl.' It features many male characters with different voices. The scene is tense with high energy, ending in a sword fight.

Lusus Naturae

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This extract is from my novella, Lusus naturae. The scene takes place in a 'monster emporium' where the protagonist is viewing a menagerie of creatures with a view to making a purchase. This is a dark fantasy story and the extract highlights the narration of dialogue and descriptions from a suspenseful point of view.

Greetings. As an author you are no doubt looking for a narrator who can deliver an authentic, professional narration for your audiobook. Being an author myself, I know how important a decision this is. The tone of voice, diction, storytelling skill and rhythm all play a part in conveying the drama and emotional depth of your story. You can view a video illustrating my approach and setup at http://tomghadams.com/audio-book-narration-service/ (Copy and paste link into your browser.) Here are my credentials and experience: • Having taught for thirty years in English secondary schools I have developed excellent diction, the ability to sustain feeling and variation of tone during public speaking (both to adults and youngsters) in such a way as to engage the listener. In fact, many of my lectures included stories and anecdotes despite the fact that I was teaching science! • I have also been a live performer, acting as wedding compere and engaging audiences in both solo and group performance work. In this respect I have an eye to appropriate dramatic delivery and pace of narrative. - I am a horror/dark fiction author and my default niche is the ‘darker' side, so to speak. However, my stories contain thriller, mystery and romance elements so my reach is quite broad. I am also happy to narrate kids and teens books. My technical authoring has included writing scripts for non-fiction narration and I am well suited from my teaching experience to narrate non-fiction such as self-help books and more technical projects. - My sound engineering experience includes production of tracks for bands and solo performers from my home studio, together with sound mixing at gigs. Together, these give me a solid background of modern recording techniques that can bring out the best audio production for your project. Moreover, I am a musician and can produce incidental background music if required. However, it is likely that sound effects and music will not be appropriate for most fiction projects as ACX encourages a minimalist approach featuring voice-only production. - I am well used to meeting work deadlines having written and worked with editors at Harper Collins over the last five years. You can always be assured of a timely and reliable service. Thank you for reading this resume. I hope it tempts you to consider the services I offer and I look forward to developing a fruitful working partnership with you.
Titles produced: Lusus naturae by Tom G.H. Adams Acadia by Sterling Nixon (Average 5 star reviews for performance as of Nov 2016) Dead Gods and Tainted Souls: Book 1 by Julius Schenk Dead Gods and Tainted Souls: Book 2 by Julius Schenk. Dead Gods and Tainted Souls: Book 3 by Julius Schenk. The Excursion train by R.L.McCallum Ahriman - Spirit of destruction by Puja Guha The King's trap by Peter Meredith Lies and Retribution by AP Bateman Hellsmouth by AP Bateman Narrator/producer for my own works including short stories and a novella (see samples.) Music producer for folk and rock projects including the band 'Hot Flow Anomaly' http://www.hotflowanomaly.fourfour.com/
Reviews of Lusus naturae, a self-narrated novella: I laughed out loud regularly. The plot had me guessing incorrectly often enough to make this a very satisfying read. It's a testament to the author's skill that he squeezed so much content into a two-hour story. Excellent. J. Werbeloff author of ‘Obsidian Worlds' and ‘Defragmenting Daniel.' If Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett had a baby, that baby would be Tom Adams. LOVED this book so much I devoured it. Michael Ferguson, avid audiobook listener Review of Acadia: ... the narrator had a good pace, even tone, and put emphasis on the right places... (audible customer.)

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