If you love audiobooks as much as I do, then June is a magical month. It’s Audiobook Month ya’ll! Yep, there is a good listen here. I’m proud to host today’s featured narrator, Scott O’Neill. Scott and I met at a voice actors convention last Fall and made fast friends. He’s not only an amazing audiobook narrator, he is an actor extraordinaire and a great friend. Todays featured audio is from Matt Rothschild’s memoir Dumbfounded and is titled “Why I Dont Believe In Santa Claus”.
The audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All proceeds from sales of the collection will go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.
Throughout June 2014, 1-2 stories, poems and essays will be released online each day via Going Public, as well as on various author and book blogs. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, pieces will be available for free online listening on their day of release. As a bonus for those who purchase the full collection from Tantor Media in support of ProLiteracy, there are over 20 additional tracks only available via the compilation download.
This stand-alone first chapter from Matt Rothschild’s memoir Dumbfounded, introduces his maternal Jewish grandparents who took over the responsibility of raising him, and how the issue of Christmas is addressed after Matthew’s elite Manhattan grade school awards him with Student of the Month, offering only a Christmas scene backdrop for his photo. Copyright is held by Matthew Rothschild. Recorded with permission.
Why I Don’t Believe in Santa Claus, by Matt Rothschild
ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Its publishing division, New Readers Press (NRP), has for more than 40 years provided educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens literacy skills for functioning in the world today. Materials are available in a variety of media, including the flagship publication, the weekly news source News for You, which delivers articles online with audio. Proceeds from sales of NRP materials support literacy programs in the U.S. and worldwide. Summer Shorts ’14 is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Post-production, marketing support and publication provided by Tantor Media .
A native of the Pacific NW, Scott is a regional theatre veteran and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Audio Publishers Association. An energetic and versatile narrator, Scott has narrated an eclectic array of over thirty titles including: Wicked Good, The Madonna from Clive Barkers’ The Books Of Blood: Volume 5, Legends of Animation – Tex Avery: Hollywood’s Master of Screwball Cartoons, and Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir. Check out samples of his work at ScottOVoiceO.com.