Review of Dry Land – The Audiobook

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Dry Land

When I am talking to my first-year writing students about revision, one thing I frequently suggest is reading written work out loud to see how it might be improved. In my own writing, too, I like to run dialogue through a few rounds of being read out loud, possibly with dramatic faces and hand motions, until it sounds right with the breaths, the pauses, and the natural interplay of words among the players in the scene.

When I read my own writing out loud, its flaws appear in greater relief, and I can see more about where it falls short and needs to be reworked. The places that sound unnatural or stilted. The accidental or misapplied snark.

In the case of Jennifer Anne Seidler’s Dry Land, though, now available as both eBook and Audiobook, rather than highlighting its flaws, the audio version only reminds me – and…

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 5 stars all the way for me, July 19, 2015
This review is from: Dry Land (Audible Audio Edition)
Exceptional. As I listened to the audiobook version of Dry Land, that was the word that kept coming to mind. I was sucked in from the first paragraph, and my love for the main character grew and grew. Ted, or “Shakespeare,” as he’s affectionately called in this story is humble, hilarious, and a true hero. I’m also listening to Hugh Howey’s Wool right now, and while the stories are vastly different, I found myself thinking Dry Land is most definitely in the same caliber of craft and story as Wool. I recommend this book to fans of scifi, no matter the sub-genre you usually read in.

The level of detail, the characterization, the plot reversals in the story that made me shout out loud “Oh, no you didn’t!”–all of it was exceptionally well done. The way the author wove the themes and symbolism throughout the story and brought them around full circle in the ending scene was a master stroke of genius. I plan to read anything Jenn Seidler has written or will write in the future. I know I’ll be in good writerly hands and be in for one hell of a ride!

The narrator, Ian Sorensen, totally had me guessing whether he is American or British. He switched between multiple voices effortlessly, and he was all around fantastic to listen to. I’ll also look up his other titles. He’s that’s good.

Bottom line: if you like scifi–or even if you don’t usually!–I strongly recommend that you give Dry Land a whirl. Bloody brilliant stuff.

Dry Land Review and Author Interview by Cassie Sparks

I’ve had the pleasure and the honor to give an interview to Cassie over at BoyMomLovesBooks, and she’s listened to and reviewed my book and Ian’s performance in Dry Land. Check it out… and check out the GIVEAWAY! You may win a copy of Dry Land on audio or a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Audiobook coming soon!

I am proud to announce that have partnered with an amazing professional voice actor by the name of Ian Sorensen to produce an audiobook version of “Dry Land.”

It’s an exciting process, and relatively simple, actually. Wanna know how I did it? Here’s how.

I signed up at a site run by called ACX, short for Audiobook Creation Exchange.

How it worked is that I, as the author, uploaded an audition script, along with details about the book, about the voice I was looking for to read the book, and what the overall tone and theme and idea of the story was, along with a link to the actual book.

I then sat back and waited. And waited, and waited, until auditions came in. I got four of them (one from a wonderful young lady who I thought was adorable, but really couldn’t pull of a thirty five year old Englishman, but that’s another story). I listened to each one, and chose mister perfect English accent and like ten other accents too Ian Sorensen — but only after jumping around the room screaming from the excitement over how awesome his voice and acting was. Literally. I screamed my head off I was so excited.


I then contacted Ian through ACX and made an “offer.” The offer can either be monetary or it can be a cut of the proceeds from the audiobook. Again, ACX makes that process very very easy peasy.

I, again, jumped around the room screaming when Ian graciously accepted my offer. 🙂

A few weeks later I got the first fifteen minutes of the book, and after a few comments I approved it.

And now we’re working on the entire book. Hopefully, it will be out by the end of May if not sooner. I’ve always loved reading books through audio, listening to the dulcet tones of my favorite readers through the speakers of my car. It’s how I read most of the Harry Potter books… or I should say Jim Dale read them to me.

I am really looking forward to the completion of this project, and I hope all of you are, too.

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