First off, once I decided that I wanted to put Through the Portal into audio, I had to do some research. I've never done an audio before. So after spending a couple of weeks checking out articles and sites, I settled on using ACX.
The next step was to find the perfect narrator. And boy howdy are there a lot of voices to go through. Eventually, I found Fred Woninsky and what a blessing that was. Fred is a marvel at coming up with fun voices. If you've read Through The Portal, you know there are a lot of characters, both human and fantastical. He masterfully delivered on every one of them, from Malakai all the way down to Myrtle the mouse. Not to mention I adored listening to Lance the Woodelf come alive with his rhyming speech, a side effect from losing a bet with a bog witch.
This story was fun to start off with, but Fred has taken it to all new level of fun!
Check out the sample below. The audible version should be available soon. Please let me know what you think.
Do you enjoy listening to books on audio? If so, when and where do you listen? While driving, exercising, or while you relax? I'm curious. Leave a comment and let me know your experiences and thoughts. Maybe I'll put more of my books on audio if people are interested.
Meet Fred Wolinsky
Fred Wolinsky is an "Audible Approved" producer, a mark of distinguished quality from Audible.com. He is truly a chameleon behind the microphone, with a diverse range of accents, character voices, and styles. He can do the narrating, editing, and mastering to give you a finished production package for audiobooks, commercials, animation, or any voice-over need.
Fans of fantastical tales such as the Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles will enjoy exploring the Sentinel Archives.
Start off... if you dare... by entering Through the Portal and into the Realm: A land of enchantment and adventure.
At thirteen, one passes from childhood into teen-hood. For Malakai Ian LeCrue, turning thirteen also means coming into an inheritance he wants no part of.
But someone has to take up the mantel of Sentinel, passed down from generation to generation through Kai’s family. He hopes this tell-tale mark will simply pass him on by. He has none of the qualifications needed to become part of the secret Sentinel Society. Not like his little ten-year-old sister, Wyndee, who is a regular scholar of Weirdology.
Even Pops, their grandfather, seems sure the Sentinel Mark will go to the younger female sibling in this generation. Until Pops is brutally attacked and Kai is thrust into a world kept hidden from him by his father who disappeared over a year ago somewhere in the wilderness.
Now the only way to help save Pops and Kai’s family is to enter this mysterious world through a portal only he can open. But he’s neither been trained, nor is he under the Sentinel protection when he enters the Realm. If he survives, he may not only save Pops, but reveal the staggering truth behind why he’d been kept in the dark about his heritage, and the Realm, in the first place.
What readers are saying
I'm in my fifties, yet still love this book, created, I'm sure, for a much younger audience. They'll be delighted with this series!
Fans of Jackie Castle’s novels will be delighted once again to spend time in her new fantastical world, with its extraordinary characters and poignant themes. The Sentinel Archives series is not to be missed!