Sometime this spring I will be announcing the release of the audio book version of “Father of the Bride of Frankenstein,” my just released novel. After auditioning several people, I have made a deal with Ben Fife with whom I connected through ACX, Amazon’s marketplace for authors/producers/performers for audio books.
I should note that I am not a consumer of audio books myself, so I invited a friend who does enjoy this format over to hear the auditions and offer a second opinion. She agreed with my initial inclination, and so I made the offer and it was accepted.
One of the subplots in the story is that Frank – the reanimated corpse – is going to marry into a Jewish family. So, there are a number of scenes involving their rabbi, the conversion process, and other Jewish rituals and practices. It’s not a barrier to non-Jews. In fact, I’ve noted that the narrator (the father of the bride) is much less knowledgeable than I am. I didn’t want this to be a Hebrew school lesson. The emphasis is definitely on the comedy.
However I did want to make sure that the narrator had some familiarity with Jewish practice, custom, and language. Ben, whose comic timing in the audition made it clear he was the right one for this, turns out to be a member of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints in Idaho. When we spoke, he said he didn’t know much about Judaism, but he had seen “Fiddler on the Roof.” I laughed because that’s one of the jokes in the story (which I won’t spoil here). We agreed that if he had any questions or I had any concerns we would talk and make sure we were on the same page.
So this is going to be a learning experience for both of us.