Thursday, February 8, 2018

Audiobook Narration Reviews:


Maximum Volume


"This listening experience is a treat! Kenneth Womack's examination of George Martin's life will entertain those who fondly remember, and those who enjoy, the "British invasion" of popular music in the 1960s. Paul Woodson provides a beautifully professional narration with British inflections throughout. His timing, pacing, and flair are simply perfect. The record producer who initially spurned and later embraced the four lads from Liverpool is profiled in grand style. Martin's production work with Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, and many others, is examined with meaningful behind-the-scenes narratives. The audiobook's greatest strength is a perfect level of detail to maintain the listener's interest. This is the first of two intended volumes--this one ends in 1966. It sounds like more great listening lies ahead." —AudioFile Magazine


Banana


"Koeppel’s popular book about banana science, culture, cultivation, and consumption poses a challenge for audiobook narrator Paul Woodson, which he fully meets. Koeppel shifts back and forth from a lighthearted study of the role bananas play in our lives in the U.S. to the tragic blood-soaked history of banana cultivation in the tropics around the world, particularly in Central America. Woodson must find a tone suitably somber to discuss the machine-gun massacre of workers in Colombia and suitably lighthearted to discuss the Chiquita banana song at length. With his smooth baritone, he does an excellent job. His pronunciation is clear, and his pacing as always good. He conveys his interest in his subject—whether it’s banana genetics, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, or Wall Street corporate takeovers." —AudioFile Magazine


The Efficiency Expert


"Here Paul Woodson's spirited delivery enhances one of Burroughs's few realistic stories, which also parallels his own life. It's 1921 when Jimmy Torrance, who barely finished college, moves to Chicago in search of a good job. Woodson's Torrance is enthusiastic and meets every obstacle with confidence and optimism." —AudioFile Magazine 


Captured by the Pirate Laird

"Paul got inside the heads of the main characters with this thrilling tale. He WAS Anne, he WAS the Laird. His voice only enhanced this exciting story as the emotional tone of the characters flowed exquisitely through the telling." - Eileen Dandashi, Booktalk with Eileen

"I love his accent and the way he emphasizes everything he saying. Sometimes I think he's just as excited about what he's reading as a listener is to hear it." - Ellen, Audible Reviewer

"A good story with a wonderful narrator…This is the first audio book that I have listened to with Mr. Paul Woodson narrating and I really enjoyed his narration– of one of my favorites. Mr. Woodson has such a wonderful modulated quality to his voice that makes it really a joy to listen to and is able to change the tone of his voice with each character from Calum to Wharton, Denton, and Bran, who is a child, and lastly Anne, the heroine of the book. I really enjoyed Mr. Woodson’s pleasant vibrant voice and would definitely listen to more of his narration of any audio books again!" -  Roslynn, Audible Reviewer

"…All his Scottish characters had brogues that were easily distinguished between each one and the Hero's voice was very sexy." - Carolyn, Audible Reviewer



To Bewitch a Highlander

"Loved his accent, first of all, and the way he could use his voice and still differentiate between the characters. There was no question as to whether characters he was reading were male or female.  I particularly liked his interpretation of Aidan - he always made me laugh! I will listen to more of Mr. Woodson's performances in the future." - Plaidninja814, Audible Reviewer

Highland Thunder

"Loved it"
"What a great story and narrated by Paul Woodson made it even better than when I read it. Loved the connection between the main characters, Duncan and Brenna, despite their difficulty in reaching their HEA, but when they finally connect it is wonderful. Adding the voice of Mr. Woodson made it almost real, his deep voice, full of passion and the Scottish burr makes my heart melt." - Seelk, Audible Reviewer



The Blue Dragon's Geas: Outcast

"[Paul Woodson] brings a great deal of care to the characters. His different voices and reflections you would almost think they are different readers and he does each character. He does so well that you will feel the different emotions as you are taken through a roller coaster of emotions. From happy to anger to bewilderment." - Michael Shelton, Audible Reviewer


Highland Solution
"Mr. Woodson really brings this story to life; his accents, pitches, emotions come across beautifully. You've got to listen to this!!!" - Seelk, Audible Customer Reviewer


Other Audible Reviewer Comments of Highland Solution:

"Loved this book. Narrator was really great too!. His accent was perfect for this one."

"Sexy, hot and good! I read this ebook first and this was a good story and I did not want to put it down."

"This book made me SWOON!! [Paul Woodson] brings the true accent to the story and draws you in as if you were there with the time."

 

His Scottish Pet (under pseudonym)

"Breathtaking! I love this erotic Scottish story and to listen it from a voice with a sexy Scottish accent... Swoon.... Listening like this, added one more pleasure to the whole experience of this book!!" - Maria, Audible Customer

"The gentleman that reads it for you will make you melt!" - Coleen Deneroy, Goodreads


How to Raise an Honest Rabbit (under pseudonym)

"I loved the narrator's voice. He made Jeremy sound like a con man at times, which he was, and lost and confused, which he was even more often. Aiden, just amazing." - Princess, Audible

"Narration is great – his voice is distinctive and age appropriate for the characters, and is pleasant to listen to. Perhaps the best compliment I can give the narration is that at times I became to engrossed in the story that I simply forgot he was narrating a story. He never becomes a distraction and makes the characters come to life. A simple delight." - Leisa, Prism Book Alliance

Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny's Lair (under pseudonym)

"[The narrator] did a great job performing this story. He brought these characters to life and showcased their emotions spectacularly." - PizzyGirl, Prism Book Alliance


Knitter in His Natural Habitat (under pseudonym)

"[This narrator's] best yet. His Johnny interpretation was fantastic but he excelled with the swishy yet cranky Stanley. This is his range, as it were, at its best." - Morgan A Skye, Amazon

"I felt this narrator did a good job on this story. His voices for the characters were distinct and spot on for what I would picture for these men. His accents were great and the emotion came across easily." - PizzyGirl, Prism Book Alliance


Sunday, February 4, 2018



AudioFile Magazine review of my narration of Beatles expert Kenneth Womack's great bio MAXIMUM VOLUME, about George Martin, record producer of the Fab 4!

 Audio sample



"This listening experience is a treat! Kenneth Womack's examination of George Martin's life will entertain those who fondly remember, and those who enjoy, the "British invasion" of popular music in the 1960s. Paul Woodson provides a beautifully professional narration with British inflections throughout. His timing, pacing, and flair are simply perfect. The record producer who initially spurned and later embraced the four lads from Liverpool is profiled in grand style. Martin's production work with Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, and many others, is examined with meaningful behind-the-scenes narratives. The audiobook's greatest strength is a perfect level of detail to maintain the listener's interest. This is the first of two intended volumes--this one ends in 1966. It sounds like more great listening lies ahead."— AudioFile Magazine



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

To celebrate, I'm giving away some free audiobooks!

 Matter of Time image

That's right, Book 4 in Jennae Vale's THISTLE & HIVE series, A MATTER OF TIME, was chosen by fans as the winner of the #HistoricalRomance category. (There's some time-travel in there for good measure.)

Thanks and congratulations as well to the talented author Jennae Vale for engaging me in the narration of her wonderful books, and to The Geeky Blogger for the contest!

Congrats to all the other winners, as well! I feel I'm in good company.


For a very limited time, I am giving away free audio copies of either Book 1 or Book 2 in the THISTLE & HIVE Series. Visit my Facebook Page for the full details on how you too can obtain a copy! Perhaps it will even whet your appetite to get all the way to the Award-Winning Book #4!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I've moved my analysis of Aronofsy's film "mother!" to a separate blog page, so it's not taking up so much room on my main page.

 

 You can view my analysis HERE,

 

OR even better, listen to my narrated analysis on YouTube HERE.

Youtube Mother Link

Saturday, June 3, 2017



#APAC2017 was a whirlwind couple of days once again, but this time I felt more prepared, more relaxed, less overwhelmed. I just stuck to the schedule this time and let Fate guide me the rest of the way.

It was the first year, I think, that as many people approached me (“Hey, you’re Paul Woodson!) as I did them (“Hey, you’re Narrator McFamous!”), which allowed for more casual interaction and less pressure to be that sort of creepy-assertive-proactive-convention-stalker type. (Which I’m bad at anyway.)

It was still humbling of course to hear such stalwarts give excellent readings at the Listening Lounge, and watch the #Audies winners stroll in to the #Naudies in their tuxes and gowns and medals, but it felt like a room I was welcome in; the atmosphere was warm and embracing. I drank far less this year too, so I actually can remember the Naudies from beginning to end, and I don't think I told any bad jokes to drive Jeffrey Kafer away this time. Mission accomplished!

Thanks to everybody who has helped usher me along on this adventure bit by bit; you are too numerous to name, but it has been a great ride so far and I have no intentions of getting off the coaster! I will try always to keep narrating quality work, and routinely to have a fresh FB selfie of me with a pint in the foreground or a mountain in the background (or ideally both simultaneously). 🍺🏔






Sorry my lovely wife Christine (and Kellgren doppelgänger, which was the source of mistaken-identity humor last year in Chicago) was not around at the festivities; but she has been informed of your interest, and I will make sure she meets you all again next time round!
And after enough brutally honest conversation with you all, I will finally concede that yes, I did indeed marry up. She’s way out of my league and far too hot for me. I do get the message loud and clear.

I didn’t get enough pictures of the events myself, but it’s been a pleasure seeing all of yours! I feel so honored to be a part of such an intelligent, talented, attractive, and generous group. Hoping to continue to get to know you all better as each year comes round! Cheers! 🍻





Friday, May 13, 2016

The Universal Coffee Vortex

Setting: Land of Checagou
A Panera, a Starbucks, and a Peet’s directly alongside one another.

I’ve found the Coffee Vortex of the Universe, my comrades. They say no mere mortal ever returns.

It beckons, and I must follow. There is good chance you may never see my face again.
I do not advise coming to my rescue, but if you must pursue, bring a sawbuck to tip the ferryman to guide you across the River Styxigan Avenue (make sure to use the passphrase “Come Sail Away”), and I will find you when Hades and Persephone open at 5 am.

Fortitudo!
More on my APAC adventures to follow.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

RUM SWIZZLES – What Are They, and Which Is Best?

 

–A Guest Post by Christine Woodson–

 

On a recent trip to Bermuda, and my very first time, I made it my personal mission, during my limited time on the island, to see which establishment made the best rum swizzle.  I visited three.
 
The Rum Swizzle, while many establishments have their own way of making it and their own secret ingredient, mostly consists of Black Rum, Gold Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Grenadine, and various other items depending on how you make or where you get it.

 
 
SWIZZLE INN – near Grotto Bay Resort

 
 
During my husband Paul’s research, we knew we were going to be going to the Swizzle Inn a few times as it's located just down the road from where we were staying.
 
The Swizzle Inn’s site says that Bermuda’s national drink originated here.  Their motto is “Swizzle Inn - Stagger Out!”.  Our first night in Bermuda, I tested out this theory of theirs.  Instead of a single glass of swizzle, Paul and I decided to go all in and ordered a pitcher of it.  Granted, he probably slugged back more than I, but I did my fair share.  It had not only the extra ingredients but a good amount of rum.  And I was “almost” staggering by the time I left the establishment.  Definitely had the tipsy going on.  
 
 
 
 
HOG PENNY PUB - Hamilton

 
On our second day in Bermuda, we ventured all over the place.  At the end of the day, we wound up in Hamilton.  We stopped by the Hog Penny Pub, another place Paul had researched.

Hog Penny’s website says that they had one of the best swizzles around.  Happy’s Famous Rum Swizzle (“Happy Jack” Godfrey’s original and highly secret recipe).  I was game.  While Paul ordered a beer, I asked the bartender for the Rum Swizzle.  In his very apparent British accent, he told me it was a good choice but also warned me that the mixologist did not make the best ones that day.  Another bartender, laughingly agreed with him and even went further to say that it had the essence of a cherry Hi-C.

I am not, by any means, a cherry person.  But I was still willing to give it a go.  The drink was poured, the straw put in place, and the drinking commenced.

The second bartender hit the nail on the head.  It DEFINITELY tasted like a cherry Hi-C.  It had been a long while since I have even HAD a cherry Hi-C, but that memory will always stay with you, no matter the experience.

While, cherry was not my favorite, I finished it nevertheless.  But with much less enthusiasm.  There was way, way more cherry flavor and hardly any rum.  In no way was I staggering.  Granted, I only had one drink but it was a pretty good sized glass.  Not even any vocal slurring.

To be fair, I was warned about the batch made for that day.  Would I give it another try?  Sure!


 

WHITE HORSE PUB & RESTAURANT – St. George



 

On our third day in Bermuda, we explored St. George and the surrounding area.  For dinner that evening, we went to the White Horse Pub & Restaurant.  The website says that their rum swizzle is Gosling’s secret recipe that will have you coming back for more…they promise.  Well, perhaps they shouldn’t make promises they cannot keep.  Okay, I’m not saying it was bad.  I did drink it, but it had more pineapple in it than rum.  You could barely taste the rum.

 

ASTORIA, QUEENS – PAUL’S RUM SWIZZLE JOURNEY
 

 
We had such a great time in Bermuda!  We enjoyed all of our adventures.  At the airport, we even went shopping at the Duty Free shop and picked up Black Rum and Swizzle Inn’s own “secret ingredients” package.  As an afterthought, we also bought their Rum Swizzle which comes already made for consumption.
 
After we arrived home, and since we were still on vacation, Paul made us homemade Rum Swizzles with the rum and packet of “secret ingredients”.  WOW!  In no way can I complain that it wasn’t strong.  He had picked up the 140 proof black rum!  That’s my husband! J  Over the week, he did perfect it with the additional fruit juices, which we switched to after we finished off the packet.  My honey does make a good Rum Swizzle!
   
 

WHICH WAS THE BEST ONE?

While each place had their own versions of Rum Swizzles, the Swizzle Inn was hands down the best!  While you could argue that we had ordered a pitcher, their glasses were small.  Two of their glasses equaled one glass from the other establishments.  Not only could you taste the rum in the drink, but there was a perfect blending of the ingredients within the cocktail.
 
This personal journey of tasting/testing one of Bermuda’s most famous cocktails was worth the headache that “may” have accompanied the first night ;)
 
Congratulations, Swizzle Inn!
 
- Christine Woodson 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Interviewed by Author D.P. Prior about my Audiobook Career, as well as the recording process of his new Fantasy novel, CARNIFEX: LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF!

 

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Carnifex-Audiobook/B01C6CUIXS/



I had a great time recording the audiobook of CARNIFEX; hopefully you'll have an equally great time listening to my narration of it! Learn about the ins & outs of producing an audiobook, my history with accents, both acting and personal, and what it's like to voice a Scottish dwarf.

Read the interview HERE on D.P. Prior's Website

 

LISTEN to the Audio Sample from CARNIFEX here  

 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"SPRING" merges Linklater-style verbal romance with Lovecraftian weirdness


On the recommendation of a podcast, I just caught SPRING, a quirky, suspenseful romance with just a dash of horror.

I can't reveal too much without spoilers, but this indie, beautifully shot in Italy, is an understated gem. Don't let the "Horror" moniker fool you; although there are some grotesque moments, this is a Romantic Drama through and through. (And the "horror" parts are actually kind of sweet.)


 This scene, and SPRING itself, evokes BEFORE SUNRISE. Literally.


After the death of his mother, our downtrodden 20-something hero Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) journeys to Italy seeking to find something to give his aimless life meaning again. After a series of twists and turns, he finds himself in a picturesque coastal Italian town, and falling under the charms of Louise (played by the utterly captivating Nadia Hilker). As they walk and talk and fall in love under the European twilight, Evan seems to have found his perfect mate. There's just one snag…

Basically, imagine a variation on BEFORE SUNRISE, except that Julie Delpy has a pretty important secret. (And it's probably not what you're thinking.)

I hope to see more of Ms. Hilker, who's German, in more English-language films very soon! She's in the next 2 Divergent films, so I guess there's that.

B+. Seek it out on DVD or various streaming services!

Also Read Rolling Stone's capsule review, which is in their "10 Best Horror of 2015". (Though again I admonish, "horror"? Is it, though? Welllll, a little bit, sorta…)