It is Barbara Rosenblat.
Please, never make the mistake of calling her Barbara Rosenblatt. She will call you out on it and she will mortify you and you will be sorely tempted to never email to her again. Literally, your face will burn with shame. However, once propery mortified, she is a delight. And once you start finding out more about her life, you can’t help but be fascinated, amazed, and come to adore her even more.
Barbara is a highly respected veteran of not only audiobooks but of stage, screen, radio as well. She has worked in England at the West End Theater, television, film and on BBC Radio. She appeared in Guiding Light and Law and Order SVU in the States. She created the role of Mrs. Medlock in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of The Secret Garden and co-starred with Liev Shriver in Talk Radio. And she has voiced many documentaries and commercials. And many game fans have been exposed to her voice since she voiced DJ Reni Wassulmaier in the Grand Theft Audio series. She has done too many audiobooks to name and Billboard Magazine has said that she “is spoken of with the same reverence and affection that the music industry reserves for Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.” Barbara IS the voice of Amelia Peabody in Elizabeth Peters’ mystery series, to the series fans and to the author herself. For me, she is the voice of Bridget Jones. She has won 8* coveted Audies from Audio Publishers Association and 40 Golden Earphone Awards. It is a great honor and privileged to welcome her to my blog today.
Capricious Reader – Your audio books are some of my favorites on the market. How do you go about preparing for a new novel to read? What is the recording process like?
Barbara Rosenblat – Preparation, at this point, involves reading the novel slowly, marking words or phrases I cannot pronounce, and allowing the ‘whole audio canvas’ to develop in my head.
Then I am ready to get into the studio. Depending on who I am working for, recording sessions can be a few hours a day over a couple of weeks or 8 hours a day over a predetermined block of time to make deadline. Despite careful preparation, new things can occur to me as I work adding a freshness to each session and a sense of immediacy to the process.
CR – How many books have you recorded?
BR – Up to this point, I have recorded over 400 titles…mysteries, classics, best sellers,romances, sci-fi, young adult, children’s, biography/memoir, self-help… you get the picture. It’s nice not to be hemmed in by a single genre.
CR – Do you have any favorites?
BR – Favourites?? That’s a toughie as I see all my projects independently of eachother with their own special pleasures. I just recorded 10 short stories by Eudora Welty for Audible. I was new to her writing and new to Audible (although they have been carrying my titles for years) and the voyage of discovery for this project was wonderful. The work simply never gets old.
CR – What are you working on now?
BR – Currently, I am in the midst of recording Kathy Reich’s new ‘Tempe Brennan’ mystery, ‘Spider Bones’. It takes place in Hawaii so alot of research was done to get all the native place names correct. That should be out in the fall from Recorded Books.
Thank you Barbara for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few of my questions. And thank you for all you do for us audiobook lovers. I know I can’t wait for the Eudora Welty collection, one of my favorite authors!
And thank you Jen for creating this wonderful week to celebrate audiobooks. I hope it becomes a yearly tradition.
*6/27 – Ms. Rosenblat just informed that, as of last month, she now has 8 Audies. Congratulations Barbara!