New Audiobook – How To Install Kodi on Firestick By Kevin Korver

Announcing a new Audiobook, How To Install Kodi On Firestick – Written by Kevin Korver – Narrated by Ronald Andrew Murphy.  Audible Link Here.

This new book explains how to install the popular media-viewing software, Kodi, on the Amazon Firestick.  If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s part of the move to take greater control of our tv and movie viewing options and costs.

Kodi software lets you watch a wide variety of  TV shows, sports, movies, and more, all on one device.    It’s available for many different platforms, including the Amazon Firestick.  The Firestick is a favored device of those who prefer to stream their programming.  The Firestick and Kodi are especially appealing to “cord-cutters” who are looking to escape the need to be tied to a cable tv or satellite company for their entertainment.

Author, Kevin Korver, has developed the book to help you easily deal with the challenges that come with using and supporting such leading-edge technology.  Installation can be a bit confusing if you’re new to the program or device.  Fortunately, with the detailed guidelines provided in the book, setup doesn’t take long.  Several different methods are covered. You choose the method that matches the technology you have available.

Once Kodi is installed, you can then install one or more add-ons to access the content you want to watch.  If all you’ve previously watched was local or cable programming, you’ll discover this opens up a wide, wide world of content.  Every kind of sport, including non-local games, films and TV programming, locally and from around the world, all genres and subjects — the opportunities appear endless.

In addition to the step-by-step instructions for the various types of installations, the book also covers how to find and install the add-ons, keep Kodi updated and running smoothly, and troubleshoot.

As the narrator for the book, I was initially unfamiliar with the software and the installation process.  While I do have a background in computer technology, I’ve only recently started exploring the kind of viewing options that streaming technology like the Firestick and Kodi are making possible.  I found the book well organized and the instructions detailed.  I came away from my initial read-through confident I could handle the install process easily.

For listeners, especially, the book’s content, when narrated, comes through smoothly and in an easily understandable fashion.  That’s sometimes a challenge with highly technical material, but that doesn’t apply here.  Korver’s book keeps the explanations clear and concise.  And I did my best with a pace and approach that complements the material.

So, get the audiobook from Audible.  Then have a listen and follow the instructions.  Before long, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy that dark, dark Swedish film or that English football game, or that dinosaur documentary you’ve been so eager to watch.  Enjoy!

How To Install Kodi On Firestick – Written by Kevin Korver – Narrated by Ronald Andrew Murphy.   Audible Link Here.

Listening for the Snap

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As I record voice over narration, I run into unexpected challenges.

Recently, I was putting the final touches on my edit for an audiobook.  I was feeling pretty darn good, because I was ahead of schedule.  As I listened a final time to the full book, I suddenly heard something I’d completely missed before.  Halfway through a chapter, dead in the middle of a sentence, right there underneath my voice, there came a click.  A snappish little click – like a briefcase snapped shut.  I was stunned.  I had listened to this section of audio before, more than once.  How had I not heard this?

To my astonishment, as the recording continued, I heard the snap again, twice more!  Egads!  I thought.  (I was not alive when people actually said, “Egads!” but I read a lot of old books.)

This could not stand, of course.  The book was due the next day.  I had to salvage the recording.

At first, I tried editing out the snap. When a noise or breath or other unwanted sound is recorded, it generates a significant waveform pattern.  I employ Adobe Audition for my editor.  Now, I carefully studied the waveform patterns as I played the first snap over and over.   You can snip out an offending section, if it stands alone, but...

This little snap did not stand alone.  It wrapped round my words like a boa constrictor wrapped round some defenseless prey.  There was no way to separate word from noise.  I gave up on that, fairly quickly.

Next, I went back to my original recording.  Normally I make several versions of my narration as I edit.  Each time I make significant changes, I save a new version of the file.  I went all the way back to the original recording.  I was looking to see if I’d recorded the specific section more than once.  Possibly, there was an unsnappish version.

But no, no joy.  Only the version with the snap came to my ears once more.  (Two notes about this.  First, every time I listened to the snap passage now, it grew louder.  I could not not hear it.  Second, at the risk of getting ahead of my story, I would later that night, start having nightmares about the snap.)

It seemed the only thing to be done was to record the section afresh.  I should be able to record just the passages with snaps and insert those into the recording.

So I did.  I recorded new versions of the passages, sans snaps. Then it was back into my Audition editor.

I snipped out the first un-snappish section from the new recording.  Then I pasted it over the old snappy section in the offending file.  Piece of cake. At this point, I just had to make sure the two pieces matched well. So, I selected a starting point a ways back from where I’d inserted the replacement section and listened.

Well.

It was as if two different people had made the recordings.  My voice just did not sound the same.  What I’d hoped would be a transparent edit was anything but.  It was obvious that a piece had been inserted and it just sounded so wrong.

Vocal consistency, I’ve discovered, is key in long-form narration.  Minor differences from one section to another can be accommodated.  But major changes in the sound of your voice, or the pace of the reading, or style – those will push the listener out.  The spell is broken.  And this applies as much to non-fiction as fiction.  There is a mood created by the narrator.  Don’t do anything that kills that mood.

In this case, the solution was to re-record the entire chapter.  After listening to and emulating the style of the original recording.  It was extra work, but it was the only way I could insure I was delivering consistency to the author and publisher of the book I was narrating.

Since then, I focus more on listening for the snap during my first review.  I can easily record again at the time, with less effort and time.

Lesson learned.

Oh, but what was that snap?  It was a loose, foot rung on the chair I record from.  Pressing down with my foot on the rung made it snap.  I don’t do that anymore.

But I do now listen for the snap… constantly.

How To Get the Right Narrator for Your Audiobook

You’ve written a non-fiction book.  You’ve self-published it.  Now you want to partner with ACX to produce an audiobook version.  That’s exciting because once you have an audiobook, it can sell on Audible, iTunes, and more.

To reach that goal, you’ll need a narrator-producer.  That’s the Voice Over Talent who will read, record, and produce your book.

ACX provides an easy way to let narrators know you’re looking, but it’s up to you to manage the process.  It’s important to use the system effectively to insure you get the best possible narrator.

So, how can you attract and choose the right narrator for your particular book?  Here are some guidelines that can help.

One – Choose a compensation method.  It’s up to you to decide how you’ll pay the narrator.  You can either pay a Per-Finished-Hour fee (PFH) or, pay by splitting the royalties 50/50.

PFH will be more attractive to narrators who are established and already getting standard fees for their work.  Except for union rates, industry rates for narrators are not standardized, but there are accepted ranges.  You can find more about that on ACX.

Royalties, the other method, will attract two types of narrators.  The first, most common, will usually be the less experienced narrator seeking to build their portfolio of completed work.  While they’re hoping for some return, they know they’re often just working for the experience.

The second type will be a narrator who is also a marketer. They’ll actually be looking for you if your book represents a promote-able opportunity.  That’s the case if your print book already has sales activity, or if you’ve chosen a popular topic that’s likely to generate sales.  It can work to your advantage, because the narrator will be making a significant effort to generate sales.  You win two ways. One, directly in audiobook sales, and two, in extra sales of your regular book.  When it comes to awareness, popularity, and ultimately, sales, there’s a direct relationship between your print version and your audio version.  Each benefits the other.

This is an area I specialize in – Audiobook marketing .  With many years of internet marketing experience, I find it can work well for both the book author and for my account.

Two – Write a compelling description of your book for your audition solicitation.  When you list your book on ACX to announce you’re accepting auditions, you post a brief description.  Narrators read that to help them decide whether they want to audition or not. You need to sell them on investing their time in responding.   Give them good reasons to do so.

For the PFH narrator, the rate will likely be of most interest.  But they’ll still want to spend their time on an interesting or challenging project.

For royalty-share, potential narrators will want to know that you will promote your audiobook. They’re interested in the reasons that it has a good chance to sell because that’s the only way they earn. Note that ACX automatically provides sales statistics and a link to your Amazon listing for your regular book.  Already having sales there will be enticing to a royalty-share narrator.  It’s especially attractive to a narrator who will themselves actively promote your audiobook.

Three – Prepare an effective audition script.  Choose the right segments of your book to use as the audition script.  Many authors don’t seem to give this as much thought as they should.  They just use their book’s introduction or a part of the first chapter.  But some parts of your book are likely to present extra challenges to a narrator.  Maybe it’s the deeply technical sections, or portions where there’s a lot of jargon unique to your subject.  You need to make sure your narrator can handle it.  Give them an audition script that lets them prove they can.

Four – When the auditions arrive, listen.  No, seriously, listen. Finding the right narrator is not just about picking a pleasant voice.  You want a narrator who can deal with your specific writing effectively and smoothly.  You want to hear your words come through clearly.  You want to hear how the narrator actually deals with the hard parts of your book.  You may be surprised that the narration doesn’t automatically match what you hear in your own mind as you read it.  That’s not critical.  With non-fiction, what’s important is that the narrator express the meaning clearly. No stumbles, mispronunciations, or misplaced emphasis.  Narrated, your book must be understandable.

Five – Check the narrator’s background.  Once you’ve narrowed your choices of narrators down, review their background in their ACX listing.  If they list a website, see what that says too.

If you will pay the narrator a Per Finished Hour fee, then make sure they’re experienced and professional.  Look for proof of past results.

If you’re looking at a royalty arrangement, you may have to depend on the audition as proof of ability rather than experience.  You may not even have many auditions to choose from.  While there are large numbers of narrators, there are also plenty of books needing narrators.  You may find your book only draws one or a few auditions.  Still, do your best to match your book to a narrator you believe will do your book justice.

That’s it. You worked long and hard on writing your book.  Now, you just need the right narrator/producer to turn it into a compelling audiobook.  It’s not simple, or necessarily easy to do right, but these five tips should help you in the process.

 

How Reading Lets Us Lead a Thousand Lives

Here’s a link to an enlightening article titled, “Passing Over: How Reading Lets Us Lead a Thousand Lives.”   The article appeared online at the website,  BetterHumans.coach.me

When you’re a reader, when you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the world through the senses of another, time after time, the broadening of your outlook must follow.  The nature of your existence is enlarged.  As the article points out,  our brains actually fold in these “read” experiences the same way it does with “real” experience.

And it doesn’t matter whether it is reading a printed book, or listening to an audiobook, the experience – the expansion of your field of experience – is the same.

Reading leads to Life Lived Well – many, many, many times over.

New Audiobook – VR Transcend by Mike R. Heim

Announcing a new audiobook, VR Transcend  – Written by Mike R. Heim  –  Narrated by Ronald Andrew Murphy.   Audible Link Here

The author, Mike R. Heim, is one impressive fellow.  He’s a Fulbright Scholar (Freiburg and Berlin) whose first book translated Martin Heidegger’s Metaphysical Foundations of Logic. He has lectured at the Netherlands Institute for Design, SIGGRAPH, the Power Plant Gallery, UNESCO in Rio de Janeiro, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Institute for Intercultural Studies in Kyoto, Japan. He has consulted at many institutions, including Alfred University, the Multimedia Program of the Danish Humanities Research Council, and six national Virtual Reality conferences in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Data Processing Management Association.  These days he teaches graduate school in Southern California.

And that’s just some of his background!  But you can see he’s a serious guy.  I think he’s definitely someone worth listening to.

Mike’s book is about applying technology to metaphysics.  VR, Virtual Reality, in particular, offers us a pathway to grasping the basic duality of existence.

Mike readily acknowledges that VR can be a tool for escape. But he contends that it can also serve as a tool for deep awakening.  The book, VR Transcend, now in audiobook form, offers us a guide on how to use VR for this deeper purpose – as a tool for enlightenment.

The book relates VR technology to mainstream spiritual teachings and related concepts.  For example, it shows how VR can deepen Mindfulness.  It examines parallels to Lucid Dreaming.

And at an even broader level, VR Transcend explores the developing economy of presence and the need for focusing tools.  Through VR, we can enhance our personal presence and gain access to rapidly changing values.

Narrating this book has proven truly enlightening for me.  And that’s not a cliche.  The concepts Mike pulls together are mind boggling – except he does such a good job of presenting it, it all makes sense.

If you can, have a listen to Mike’s book.  I think you’ll agree.    Audible Link Here