In their attempts to find the perfect voice talent to read What We Found in the Sofa for the audio version of the book, my publisher first considered Laurence Olivier (dead) and then Richard III (even deader, and buried beneath a parking lot in England, the apparent victim of a mob hit) then came up with the inspired choice of Bryan Kennedy (very much alive and living on Long Island).
Bryan’s voice has been heard on Saturday Night Live’s animated “Saturday TV Funhouse” segment, and the PBS series Word Girl (which has also featured the voice of Ron Lynch, a guy I went to high school with, so you can’t tell me it’s not a small world). Bryan’s is also the voice behind the audio versions of the middle-school books of James Patterson, an author I feel will be breaking into the big time any day now.
Various sites online that sell the audiobook allow you to click a button and hear a sample of Bryan’s reading of Sofa, and even a three-minute taste will tell you he’s pitch perfect. I couldn’t be happier with his renditions of my characters and the timing he brings to the jokes. (My book contains two jokes. He nails them both.)
My marketing plan for the audiobook is to have the audiobook itself call people on their smartphones and say, “Hi! I’m the audio version of Henry Clark’s What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World!
I am very well read! And you should be, too! Download me now!”
I’ve suggested this to Little, Brown’s marketing department. They said they’d get back to me.