• Xe Sands
  • Professional audiobook narrator
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: WA, United States
  • Website: www.xesands.com
  • Available for: $200-$400 PFH

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Romance-Humor/M/F Dialog (If You Only Knew)

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
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Literary Fiction - 3rd Person POV (Cruel Beautiful World)

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
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Romance/Male-Female Dialog (Burn)

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
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Literary Fiction/Age Range (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk)

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
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SciFi/First Person POV (The Book fo Joan)

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Brooding
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Thriller/Killer's POV (A Simple Favor)

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Intimidating
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Nonfiction/Self-Help (There Is No Good Card for This)

Category : Self Development
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Inspirational
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Young Readers (The Velveteen Rabbit)

Category : Kids
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
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Cozy Mystery/Character Work (A Toxic Trousseau)

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
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This clip is from A Toxic Trousseau by Juliet Blackwell, and features a witch speaking with her familiar, a gobgoyle, named Oscar. Clips highlights humorous delivery, male/female dialog, Southern accent work, and fantasy character work.

As Xe Sands or Jo Raylan... More than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. From powerful first-person narrative, to honest and compassionate self-help, to passionate and sensual romantic fiction, a performance that is intimate and real. Natural. Authentic. A direct translation of author intent to listener experience...without melodrama or staged performance. Just the character's journey, the truth of the moment, and a candid voice to carry it with grace, intimacy and credibility. Real men. Honest dialog. The raw intimacy of the moment. What authors are saying... "I got a great selection of professional auditions to choose from. But I had an idea in my head and every one that didn't meet that idea was painful to hear. Jo Raylan had a certain something that was spot on, and she let me know right away she'd do whatever she had to to get it perfect. It was obvious she had the talent, so I scooped her up. I've developed a wonderful friendship with Jo and have a deep respect for what she does. She wants it perfect. She wants every word to express the right emotions, and we spoke about the character of Monica for a long time. What she wanted, how she sat, where her fear was. It was deeply creative and deeply satisfying.” -- CD Reiss "The first time I listened to one of my books in audio (Catch of the Day), I was utterly terrified at the thought that someone else would “translate” the narrator's tone. But the second I heard Xe as Maggie, I was exuberant. It was like Maggie had come to life and was sitting in my kitchen." --Kristan Higgins What reviewers are saying... "Sands's performance fully embraces the rich gothic storytelling of Webb's prose." --Publisher's Weekly (The Vanishing by Wendy Webb) "Sands doesn't miss a beat, deftly building the tension until it unravels in the confusion and clarity of the final pages." --Booklist (Motherless Child) What listeners are saying... "The reader's voice. So in tune and so real. Incredible incredible performance." --Listener, The Beekeeper's Lament "While listening to SEQUENCE ONE I laughed, was turned on, on the edge of my seat and heart broken. The writing and narration had me feeling like I was in the story with Monica and Jonathan. SEQUENCE ONE was a total emotional ride and I want to ride it again and again." --Listener, Songs of Submission, Vol 1 "...as for Xe Sands, she is simply a genius comedic narrator. I could listen to her read the phone book." --Listener, Too Good to Be True Available for $385 per finished hour, all-inclusive. For a broader view and set of samples, visit either: www.xesands.com www.joraylan.com
Apolonia, Jamie McGuire The Darling Songbirds, Rachael Herron Trade Me, Courtney Milan Hold Me, Courtney Milan Songs of Submission Series (as Jo Raylan), CD Reiss Shuttergirl (as Jo Raylan), CD Reiss Hardball (as Jo Raylan), CD Reiss The Last Kid Left, Rosecrans Baldwin Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, Kathleen Rooney Cruel Beautiful World, Caroline Leavitt If You Only Knew, Kristan Higgins On Second Thought, Kristan Higgins Practicing Normal, Cara Sue Achterberg Experiment in Terror Series (as Jo Raylan), Karina Halle Veiled (as Jo Raylan), Karina Halle Caught in the Revolution, Helen Rappaport The Book of Joan, Lydia Yuknavitch There Is No Good Card for This Rescuing Penny Jane Break in Case of Emergency, Jessica Winter Invasive, Chuck Wendig Descent, Tim Johnston Various Titles, Kristan Higgins People Who Knew Me, Kim Hooper Songs of Submission Series (as Jo Raylan), CD Reiss Euphoria (w/Simon Vance), Lily King The Ancient Minstrel (with others), Jim Harrison Bookburners Series, Serial Box Publishing The Ex, Alafair Burke The Lightkeepers, Abby Geni The Muralist, BA Shapiro Letters from Paris, Juliet Blackwell The Beekeeper's Lament, Hannah Nordhaus The Good, Good Pig, Sy Montgomery And After the Fire (w/Simon Vance), Lauren Belfer Acceptance, Jeff Vandermeer Black Bird House, Alice Hoffman Wonderland, Stacey D'Erasmo Truth Be Told, Hank Phillippi Ryan Sisters of Shiloh, Kathy Hepinstall, Becky Hepinstall Hilliker The Harmony Series, Angela Graham Witchcraft Mystery Series, Juliet Blackwell The Vanishing, Wendy Webb The Romanov Sisters, Helen Rappaport The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro Survival Lessons, Alice Hoffman On Thin Ice, Anne Stuart Never Trust a Pirate, Anne Stuart Never Kiss a Rake, Anne Stuart Never Marry a Viscount, Anne Stuart Magnificence, Lydia Millet Is This Tomorrow, Caroline Leavitt Haunted Home Renovation Series, Juliet Blackwell Fire and Ice, Anne Stuart Catch of the Day, Kristan Higgins Keepsake, Kristina Riggle Laurel Heights Series, Kate Perry Pain, Parties, Work, Elizabeth Winder Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, Dr. Laura Markham The Bird Sisters, Rebecca Rasmussen The Bodywalkers Series, Jacqueline Frank The Chesapeake Diaries Series, Mariah Stewart The Dreg City Series, Kellly Meding The Nightwalkers Series, Jacqueline Frank The Piper, Lynn Hightower The Prayer Box, Lisa Wingate The Shadowglass Trilogy, by Kira Brady ...and others
Audie Winner 2015, Literary Fiction: Euphoria, by Lily King (w/Simon Vance) Voice Arts Award Winner 2015: Euphoria, by Lily King (w/Simon Vance) Voice Arts Award Winner 2015: Acceptance, by Jeff Vandermeer (w/ Pinchot & McCormick) Audie Nominee 2016: Erotica: Songs of Submission Sequence 1, Sequence 2 (w/Christian Fox) Voice Arts Award Nominee 2016: The Muralist, by BA Shapiro Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine: Caught in the Revolution http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/123548/caught-in-the-revolution-by-helen-rappaport/ Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/123561/lillian-boxfish-takes-a-walk-by-kathleen-rooney/ Cruel Beautiful World http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/121129/cruel-beautiful-world-by-caroline-leavitt/ The Ancient Minstrel http://audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/108953/the-ancient-minstrel-by-jim-harrison/ Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for The Lightkeepers http://audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/109220/the-lightkeepers-by-abby-geni/ Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for The Muralist http://audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/105592/the-muralist-by-ba-shapiro/ Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for Euphoria (co-narration with Simon Vance) http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/92435/ Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for Is This Tomorrow http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/dbsearch/showreview.cfm?Num=81739 Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for Magnificence: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/dbsearch/showreview.cfm?Num=76279 Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/dbsearch/showreview.cfm?Num=63279 Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for The Bird Sisters: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8556 Best Audiobook of 2011 - Top Ten Fiction - The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/best_of_2011.html Favorite Debut Romance Narrator 2011 - Speaking of Audiobooks Listener Poll http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=6718) Most Impressive Romance Narrator Discovery - 2012 Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8556

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