Author: Jessica Meats
Narrator: Jake Urry
Length: 10h 13m
Publisher:Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd⎮2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Release date: Oct. 03, 2016
Earth is at war. Portals are opening across the planet and bringing creatures known as Outsiders. Their only desire is to eat, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. All that stand in their way are the Defenders led by Gareth Walker who can open portals of their own to target the Outsiders in minutes. Gareth’s one advantage is an ability to see glimpses of his future.
For the past decade the Defenders have held back the incursion, but now a new portal opens, bringing something that Gareth did not see coming. As he must find a way to stop this new threat, he starts a quest for answers. He must learn how the war began and find a way to stop them once and for all.
All the while, he is aware of a shadow in his future a moment he can’t see past. Will stopping the Outsiders cost him everything?
Jessica Meats is a graduate of the University of York and works in the IT industry. She draws on her experiences as a technology specialist and martial arts student to create a unique and interesting fictional community of combat experts and computer geeks.
Jake Urry is a British actor and audiobook narrator, and also co-founder of Just Some Theatre. Since graduating from an Acting degree course in 2012 he’s toured with Just Some Theatre as an actor and producer, worked on a number of commercial voice over projects and most recently started producing Audiobooks. Jake has produced over 10 titles since March 2016 and has rapidly found himself at home narrating Thriller, Horror, Mystery and Suspense titles. His audiobook work includes dark psychological thrillers White is the Coldest Colour and Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl, occult mystery series The Ulrich Files by Ambrose Ibsen, and gritty Sci-Fi novel Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats.
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How many books have you narrated and do they have a common thread or theme?
So far I have 14 audiobooks released, since March this year. They have been mostly horror and suspense books, but there are some thrillers and a mystery in there too! Shadows of Tomorrow was my first Sci-Fi narration and I hope to do more as I really enjoyed narrating it.
What do you love most about narrating audiobooks?
I really love picking out strong characters and finding the perfect voice for them, particularly when it comes to villains! It can be a lot of fun to bring dark and dangerous characters to life and take the listener on a journey with them.
Do you prefer to read in print or listen to stories in audio?
I prefer listening, and it’s how I got into narrating, by listening to great narrators like Samuel West and Martin Jarvis. Now I just find it more convenient to listen but I do occasionally curl up with a good hardback.
Do you have a ritual or routine you do before sitting down to record the audio (such as anything to strengthen your vocal cords)?
I tend to do some basic warming up that I learned in theatre training, which really helps. It sounds obvious but the most important thing is articulation and if I’m not warmed up I can waste time tripping over words. As the old tongue twister goes, ‘articulatory agility is a desirable ability!’
Name an audio book you just loved to listen to. What about that narration makes it special?
I recently listened to Brian Blessed’s autobiography ‘Absolute Pandemonium’ and it was awesome, he is so full of energy and an infectious love of life, and his anecdotes are second to none. I could listen to it over and over, especially if I need cheering up!
Is there a scene you just loved to narrate? Is there a scene that was especially difficult to narrate?
I loved narrating the ending of The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, but can’t say too much as it’s a mystery and I’ll spoil the book! All I’ll say is that there are many surprises and a very heartwarming final image!
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