Monday, June 5, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Interview with narrator Angel Clark - Donna Augustine's The Wilds Series

Donna Augustine is a relatively new author to me but one that's become one of my go-to favorite have to read everything she writes novelists. And I've not only enjoyed reading her books but listening to them too.
Her narrator is Angel Clark and I've been enjoying her perform Donna's characters so I thought to honor and celebrate Audio Book month it would be fun to interview her. I hope you learn something you always wanted to know about narrators and when you're done don't forget to enter the Giveaway. Details below!

Donna Augustine is sponsoring 4 audible credits 
for all of the books in The Wilds Series


Please use Rafflecopter form below to enter
Good Luck!

Angel Hi welcome to The Reading Frenzy
I’ve been loving your narration of Donna Augustine’s The Wilds series.
How long have you been narrating novels?
I started off doing radio in 2011, and switched to radio part-time and narration full time in 2014. I did, however, already have a background in drama as I went to a performing arts school where drama was one of my majors. It made the switch much easier I think.

You really capture the essence of the lead character Dahlia.
To get ready to narrate a novel/series do you read the book(s) first?

I don’t. I read the author’s description of the main character and just go for it. There is a reason for that though. You see, a lot of the books I do are mysteries and the like. If I read the book first, I will know the surprise ending, and I would hate to give it away with nuances in the narration of the book ahead of time.

Is there a formula you use to put yourself in character or is it different with every book?
It’s different with each character. I also find myself getting surprisingly attached to characters throughout books, so some are much harder than others (especially when they get themselves killed).

Even though the narrator in this series is the protagonist Dahlia, your narrator’s voice is notably different then all the others even Dahlia.
Is this true for all your narrations, just the ones in first person like this or just this one?

I do this particular narration tone for a few different books. It’s not my most common, but it’s my favorite. I feel like it’s very dramatic and helps really set the tone for a post-apocalyptic world.

I’ve noticed some special effects you’ve added to these novels.
Was this something you planned from the start?

My producer does that. He likes to … play at times. Some of my authors allow him to add special effects and he has an absolute blast with it!

Do you prefer narrating series or stand alones?
A series every time. The characters end up feeling like old friends!

Is there a place where fans can find the novels you narrate?
Your best bet is to check on audible. I have some listed on my website as well, RadioFreedom.US

Angel thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
I can’t wait to listen to another novel you narrate.

Thank YOU for your interest! I’ll be honest, 90% of the time when someone contacts us, it’s about complaints. People rarely contact me with compliments. I think that’s how we (society) work in large part these days. If we’re outraged, we act. If we’re happy, we have a glass of wine and a smile. You have made 
my month!

For a list of all Angel's narrations Click HERE

Connect with Angel - Website - Angel's Radio Show - Twitter
Meet the narrator:
Angel has narrated over 200 books, including for USA Today best-selling
authors and NY Times best-selling authors.

My audible edition reviews of the series

The Wilds
Narration 4 stars
The audible edition of The Wilds is a wonderful way to enjoy a more multi-dimensional experience of Donna Augustine's fabulous novel. Angel Clark does a great job with the all the voices, tonality and character interpretation. There are a few narrative mistakes in this edition but it doesn’t lessen the overall enjoyment of the listen. And her voice as the star, Dahlia is exceptional and gives a more intense characterization of Dahlia's extreme vulnerability and innocence in life matters.
The Hunt
Narration 5 stars
Angel Clark’s flawless narration really sets off Augustine’s world building and her characters to a tee even going as far as using some really effective vocal special effects. Her narrator’s voice differing from her other voice characterizations is a persuasive tool that really benefits the listening pleasure.

The DeadNarration 5 stars
Angel Clark’s narration is brilliant especially how perfectly she captures all the facets of Dahlia, from the kick-butt heroine, the refreshingly naïve innocent and the stubborn mule headed teenager giving the listener a more rounded experience of Augustine’s novel that isn’t possible by reading.

The Magic
Narration 5 stars
Angel Clark is perfection in her performance of Donna's finale in her The Wilds Series. She really nails the angst, the drama, the action and the romance, plus her vocal special effects rock. Her use of a separate voice for the narrator of the story gives an extra layer of enjoyment.

Connect with Donna - Website - Facebook - Twitter

Meet the Author:Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.
A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing or over dosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

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  1. Isn't it great when you find an author that you love, love, love? I'm trying to get better, but I have a super difficult time listening to audiobooks because I end up getting sleepy. Everyone else thinks I'm nuts and need to get on board! lol Hugs...RO

    1. You know what Ro it to each his/her own, it took me awhile to get into them too. But now I love them.
      Thanks for the visit!

  2. I think I own a book or two of this series on my Kindle. I'll have to search for them. I'm glad you like them so much. Like Ro, audiobooks out me to sleep as well so I pretty much stay away from them but I do admire the people who listen to them a lot. #getsocial17

  3. Hi Debbie,

    I seriously love the idea of interviewing the narrator. I don't listen to a lot of books. Honestly, the first one I tried to listen to one I hated the narrator and the way he voiced a female character. I think female characters and Spanish accents were NOT his thing.

    But I love that Angel is just a reader and discover things about the books along with the reader. That would definitely make the experience more enjoyable.

    I'm Kim from Read Your Writes Book Reviews. #GetSocial

    1. hey Kim I visited you yesterday! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the post and for the kind words

  4. Every time I see the covers for these I want to try them. I seriously need to!

    1. you know Kindlemom they are new adult fantasy, right up your alley!!! hint hint

  5. Popping in from the get social event.Added you to our following list.Happy Reading! Joelle from Angels with Attitude Book Reviews.

  6. Jennifer JakovichJune 5, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    I absolutely love this series! Both my daughter and I love Donna Augustine books. It's so nice when we find an author we both enjoy and can discuss the books. We have listened to the first two books on audible and they are fantastic.

    1. good to know Jennifer enter to win and you both can own books 3 and 4 :)

  7. Love love love this series and I'm super excited to hear these! Especially knowing that the narrator enhances the book! Thank you Donna and Angel. Is such a great to hear that the narrator loved the series as well I think that adds to it so much!

    1. Hi Dakota, yes this is the way to really experience the series

  8. I haven't read this series but it sounds like I should. #getsocial17

  9. I just picked up the first audio recently on Audible, so I would pick book 2. I am excited to start it

  10. How neat! I love getting the narrator's perspective. Thanks for asking Angel to stop by. I got book one on Audible after winning it from a post you did last year, loved it and then bought book two. I still need to listen. Soooo, I guess I would like book three if I won. LOL

    Enjoyed the interview, ladies!

  11. Hmm so I must have read your review for the first of these as I have it marked on Goodreads, but now I have put the first one into my Audible wish list. Really interesting interview, and quite surprised she doesn't read the book all the way through first.

    1. I thought that too Kathryn but it does make sense to keep the emotions real

  12. I am not familiar with this series/author. But they sound great! As a fellow audiobook fan, I'm excited to hear about new-to-me "must listens" I would love to win the first book so I can try it out. Thanks.

    I am new to your blog, visiting with #getsocial17 event.

  13. I won an audiobook copy of book from you a while back and I've yet to get to (I keep requesting too many review books *sigh* I will get to soon, I promise). This looks like a fun series. Great interview.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. Thank Melanie and girlfriend you're preaching to the choir about reviewing requests vs personal reads :)
      Thanks for the visit!

  14. Ooh.. I've never heard of this series, but those covers are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.. I may just have to check this one out!
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields

  15. This is a new series for me but I'm glad your post brought it to attention ❤️

  16. Interesting to see how different narrators tackle their narrations :)