The Time Scott Brick Called Me
Audiobook Month officially ends today, and I’m bidding it adieu with much pomp and circumstance in the form of an audio interview with Scott Brick. *swoon*
Visitors to my blog (and my family and friends) have gamely indulged my obsession with audiobooks in general and narrator Scott Brick in particular. On average, I listen to 50 audiobooks each year while racking up about 25,000 miles on my car’s odometer; audiobooks have saved me from many an unhappy hour idling in Jersey traffic (and beyond).
While I’ve joked about Scott Brick being my audiobook boyfriend and about worshipping at the altar of audiobooks, never did I expect to have an actual telephone interview with THE VOICE himself…but that’s exactly what happened several nights ago.
For 41 minutes and 38 seconds, Scott Brick held me rapt as he waxed poetic on life as an audiobook narrator, how he spends his free time, upcoming projects, and more. Sadly, any delusions I harbored of a witty repartee were dashed within moments of the call’s inception: The minute Scott Brick said my name, I was reduced to a monosyllabic, spluttering fangirl.
As Scott addressed my first question, I gazed blankly around my kitchen, awed by the fact that the man I spend more time listening to than even my husband was at the other end of the phone line speaking with me. Around deep breaths into a paper bag (to stave off hyperventilation, natch), I managed to squeak out a few comments, stumble over my own words, and cut into Scott’s responses no fewer than three times during our conversation. I was eloquence personified.
Transcribing our conversation over the next few days, I endured the agony that is listening to one’s own voice on audio (unless you are say, Scott Brick) and frankly was mortified by my breathy giddiness, high-pitched prattle, and interruptions. Really, I just wanted to endlessly loop the portion of our conversation when Scott said my name but figured that wouldn’t be very informative or interesting for you guys. But indulge me, okay? Natalie (click the link for an auditory treat)
Scott Brick said more than just my name. He talked to me about what he does to keep his voice safe, how he remembers character voices in a novel or series, the mad rush that was recording 29 discs of The Passage by Justin Cronin, and so much more.
The following links are audio clips of our conversation with handy topic titles and brief descriptions (audio file length in parenthesis).
- Random House Audio Presents: Was Scott destined for audiobook fame from birth? (:17)
- Getting Started: How Scott got his foot in the door at the recording studio (1:09)
- Books on Tape: A chance meeting cements Scott’s position as Books on Tape’s go-to guy (2:04)
- Cabaret: Scott turns down my offer for a karaoke cabaret and discusses caring for his voice (1:48)
- The Larynx: Mispronunciations and elocution lessons courtesy of Barney Fife (1:14)
- The Passage: A month for me to listen to 29 discs, 11 days for Scott to record them (1:42)
- Working From Home: The downside to Scott’s in-home recording studio (2:52)
- Stage and Film: Scott elaborates on his stage and film experience (1:11)
- Voices and Vulcans: Recalling voices for series characters (4:29)
- What Free Time?: How Scott spends his down time (1:05)
- Scott Brick Author: A supernatural thriller and How-To book/video series (1:43)
- Let’s Dish: Scott gives me the inside scoop on new audiobooks (and I regain the power of speech) (2:47)
- Team Brick vs Team Vance: I get moony over Simon Vance’s accent; Scott is mock horrified (1:11)
- Gilderoy Lockhart: Did I really tell Scott that my husband calls him Gilderoy Lockhart? Affirmative (:33)
Scott was so much fun to talk to–witty, self-deprecating, and gracious–despite my fledgling interview skills and frequent spates of mutism. I’d like to thank him for taking time out of his crazy schedule to sit down and chat and hope that readers will consider audiobooks after listening to a few of the clips here. For those who are already fans but are unfamiliar with Scott Brick, I hope you’ll remember his name next time you grab an audiobook from the shelf–he’s got almost 600 titles to his credit and he adds about 50 new ones each year.
For everyone who joined the Audiobook Month celebration, I hope that you enjoyed this post and I look forward to June 2012. Maybe for next year’s send-off post, I’ll host a Scott Brick/Simon Vance karaoke singing competition!