What began as a simple inquiry in December 2013 of a few narrators on ACX.com, Audible’s website that pairs publishers with audiobook producers, has now resulted in an audiobook that I’m quite happy to see published. Narrated by professional actor and narrator Alex Hyde-White with Punch Audio, the audio version of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad captures the tone of the book and the series quite well.
Alex’s overall delivery is superb—he’s a guy you’ll enjoy listening to for a few hours—and his accents on some of the quotes about the show are a fine touch. What sold me on him from the very beginning were his emotive readings of the many direct quotes from the show. There are some instances where you may almost think you’re hearing the show itself.
To hear a sample of the audiobook, click here and then click the much-too-tiny, green audio icon beneath the audiobook’s cover image.
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If you’ve never tried Audible before, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial membership and get my audiobook (or, really, any audiobook) for free.[ref]That’s actually how I “read” Hugh Howey’s Wool series.[/ref] If you know someone who loves audiobooks, Breaking Bad, and Christian thought, consider telling them about my and Alex’s new production.
Lastly, going through ACX’s process to have this audiobook created was time-consuming, but mostly straightforward and easy. If you’re a self-publisher interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment on this post.
Or, you can wait for Simon Whistler, host of The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast, to finish his currently titled ebook, Audiobooks for Indies. A few weeks after starting my ACX process, Simon asked if I’d be a case study for his book. Since I greatly appreciate how much I’ve learned as a result of the work he puts into his podcast, my affirmative answer had no hesitation. We spoke for about an hour, and I’m sure the resource he’s putting together is exactly the kind of thing I wish I would have had prior to this audiobook journey.
All that to say is … this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing about the audiobook version of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad.
Cue maniacal laughter.