Sample Scripts for ” All About: Nonfiction Audiobook Narration” with Sean Pratt
Sample #1 –
25 Books that Shaped America
by Thomas C. Foster
THE BIRD IS THE WORD
The Maltese Falcon
I have read many—and I do mean many—English mysteries. They’re very interesting, these brainteasers with lots of potential suspects, almost none of whom behave very well toward police and almost all of whom are quirky, eccentric in some way or even several ways, with tons of clues both false and real, with loads of atmosphere in manor houses. Have you ever noticed how British mystery writers seem to want to level the playing field by killing off the aristocracy? Talk about class warfare! Oh, and the detectives. All shapes and sizes and backgrounds. They give us slumming noblemen with plummy accents and loyal retainers who go sleuthing as a hobby. Displaced little Belgians retired from official policing who have somehow pitched up on British shores. Village spinsters armed only with knitting needles and superhuman powers of observation. Parish priests using Catholic logic and police inspectors writing sensitive poetry. And on and on. Yes, and that Sherlock fellow, whatever he might be. It takes all kinds, you might say. But that’s okay, because they have all kinds.
We have one.
That’s okay. One is enough if it’s the right one. Which this one is. He (although he’s sometimes a she these days) is pure American. Tough. Unafraid. Good with his fists or his gun. Adept at street lingo and wisecracks, especially in the face of danger. Ethically ambiguous. Barely legal. Aloof. Better at confrontation than puzzle solving. However many avatars he may have, he’s really just one guy. And he has just one name.
Sample #2 –
ME, MY SELFIE, AND I by James Wolcott
Selfies: such a cute niblet of a word, and yet I curse the day it was coined—it’s like a decal that won’t come unpeeled. Taking a picture of yourself with outstretched arm seems so innocent and innocuous, but what a pushy, wall-tiling tableau it has become—a plague of “duckfaces” and gang signs and James Franco (the Prince of Pose) stare downs. In my precarious faith in humankind’s evolution, I had conned myself into hoping, wishing, yearning that taking and sharing selfies would be a viral phase in the Facebook millennium, burning itself out like so many fads before, or at least receding into a manageable niche in the Internet arcade after reaching its saturation point. When Ellen DeGeneres snapped the all-star group selfie during the live broadcast of the 2014 Academy Awards, a say-cheese image that was re-tweeted more than two million times, it seemed as if that might be the peak of the selfie craze—what could top it? Once something becomes that commercialized and institutionalized, it’s usually over, but nothing is truly over now—the traditional cycles of out-with-the-old-in-with the-new have been repealed, flattened into a continuous present. Nothing can undo the crabgrass profusion of the selfie, not even its capacity as an instrument of auto-ruination.
Sample #3 –
A Jane Austen Education
C H A P T E R 1 – Emma, everyday matters
I was twenty-six, and about as dumb, in all human things, as any twenty-six-year-old has a right to be, when I met the woman who would change my life. That she’d been dead for a couple of hundred years made not the slightest difference whatsoever. Her name was Jane Austen, and she would teach me everything I know about everything that matters.
The thing that takes my breath away when I think back on it all is that I never wanted to read her in the first place. It happened quite by accident, and very much against my will. I had been eager, when I’d gone back to school to get my Ph.D. the year before, to fill the gaps in my literary education—Chaucer and Shakespeare, Melville and Milton—but the one area of English literature that held no interest for me, that positively repelled me, was nineteenth-century British fiction. What could be duller, I thought, than a bunch of long, heavy novels, by women novelists, in stilted language, on trivial subjects?
The very titles sounded ridiculous. Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights. Middlemarch. But nothing symbolized the dullness and narrowness of that whole body of work like the name Jane Austen. Wasn’t she the one who wrote those silly romantic fairy tales? Just thinking about her made me sleepy.
Sample #4 –
Stuffology by Brenda Avadian & Eric Riddle
What is clutter?
The stuff we think we’ll need someday often gets in the way—and this is what we call clutter. Whether physical clutter or mental, it’s the stuff we trip over while trying to get to what we need. The magazines we’re currently reading are not clutter; whereas, the growing piles of back issues that we’re trying to find the time to read are clutter. The boxes and overstuffed shelves of seasonal decorations in the garage are not clutter until our fingertips freeze while scraping ice off the windshield of our car parked outside. Hundreds of emails flooding our inboxes that await our reply are clutter. Not being able to play a game of pool because it takes a half day to move the piles of stuff off the pool table are clutter. My husband’s tools are clutter.
My wife’s collection of baby clothes is clutter. Your married child’s stuff still in your home is clutter. Feeling overwhelmed after overscheduling our lives is clutter. Too much noise is clutter. Being stuck and not knowing why we’re holding onto something adds to the clutter. “Just because” is not a good enough reason to hold on. Oh, and finding $100,000 between two books on a living room shelf is definitely not clutter.
Sample #5 –
THINK AND GROW RICH
By NAPOLEON HILL
A PRETTY AFTER-DINNER SPEECH FOR A BILLION DOLLARS
“When, on the evening of December 12, 1900, some eighty of the nation’s financial nobility gathered in the banquet hail of the University Club on Fifth Avenue to do honor to a young man from out of the West, not half a dozen of the guests realized they were to witness the most significant episode in American industrial history.
“J. Edward Simmons and Charles Stewart Smith, their hearts full of gratitude for the lavish hospitality bestowed on them by Charles M. Schwab during a recent visit to Pittsburgh, had arranged the dinner to introduce the thirty-eight -year-old steel man to eastern banking society. But they didn’t expect him to stampede the convention. They warned him, in fact, that the bosoms within New York’s stuffed shirts would not be responsive to oratory, and that, if he didn’t want to bore the Stilhnans and Harrimans and Vanderbilts, he had better limit himself to fifteen or twenty minutes of polite vaporings and let it go at that.
“Even John Pierpont Morgan, sitting on the right hand of Schwab as became his imperial dignity, intended to grace the banquet table with his presence only briefly. And so far as the press and public were concerned, the whole affair was of so little moment that no mention of it found its way into print the next day.
Sample #6 –
The Stradivarius Affair by Buzz Bissinger for Vanity Fair Magazine
Looking at it one way, there was a certain twisted creativity to it.
It just isn’t every day that a high-school dropout and twice-convicted felon, your basic street criminal, as he was described, is the alleged mastermind of a crime that no one in law enforcement the world over had ever quite seen. Maybe it wasn’t the crime of the century, but it definitely was the crime of the century in Milwaukee. The city, known for beer, bratwurst, the Brewers, and frighteningly large portions at German restaurants, had never been a hotbed of headlines. But this made national and world news not seen since the days of the city’s own serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
The Milwaukee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation put out dozens of officers and detectives and supervisors to crack the case and find a suspect named Salah Salahadyn. Forty-two years old with a thin frame and the studied manner of someone trying very hard to be measured and professorial when he is neither, Salahadyn was a Milwaukee native and fancied himself a high-end art thief, according to police.
This idea of stealing a Stradivarius violin known as the Lipinski—299 years old, still eminently playable, and valued at somewhere between $5 and $6 million—did not just fall from the sky. Police say Salahadyn had been thinking of stealing a Stradivarius for at least a decade,Ultimately setting his sights on the Lipinski because of the Milwaukee connection. He knew the patterns of his target, the routine of where he worked, where he parked, where he shopped, what car he drove, the name of his wife, all chilling because of the stalker aspect. According to police, Salahadyn went to one of his concerts, noting, among other details, that he was the only African-American there. He knew the history of what he was after, so much so that you could say he had become obsessed with it. This was no ordinary object of desire. If you look at it another way, there was something dangerous and almost deranged about it, the kind of crime Abbott and Costello might plan, after consultation with Cheech and Chong and Martin and Lewis. There were also repercussions that could have been catastrophic far beyond the fate of a multi-million-dollar violin.
Sample #7 –
Money From Anywhere
by Pat O’Brian
PROPOSAL: “A NEW AMERICAN DREAM.”
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
— Henry David Thoreau.
When my book, Your Portable Empire- How To Make Money from Anywhere Doing What You Love, was published in August, 2007, it was called “The most dangerous book ever.” What made that book dangerous was that, underneath the technical “how-to” Internet Marketing information was a philosophy that the current economic model was terminally broken. The days when you could go to school, go to college, and then get a job that would support you economically for the rest of your life are over. That philosophy stated that “a job is the least effective way to make money. That if you have a boss, you are a slave. And, it posited that it was past time to free the slaves.
Good bye, American dream.
It’s time for a new American Dream.
Even if such a life would provide you with enough money to live, that’s not really living. Far too many people sacrificed their lives for a “McLife.” They had a house, a car, a TV set, and – possibly – a 2-week vacation once a year. Hatched 2.5 kids who grew up to do the same thing. Then, after 40 years in a mind-numbing job, they retired. Too old to enjoy the freedom and too many decades removed from the dreams that would make that freedom worth having.
Sample #8 –
Slaying the Tiger by Shane Ryan
Chapter 8 – THE MASTERS / Jordan Spieth, the Great White Hope
Beginning on the back nine, Bubba Watson had laid waste to the course. With five birdies in a row starting on the 12th hole, he rocketed up from -3 to -8, and though he faded to -7 with a bogey on 18, he had taken complete command of the tournament. He led John Senden by three shots, and a pack that included Spieth, Blixt, and defending champ Adam Scott by four. With the confidence from the Northern Trust win, and his triumph at the 2012 Masters, it was clearly his tournament to lose.
He was in fine fettle at his post-round press conference, bantering with the media in his usual borderline aggressive way. “How many green jackets you got?” he asked one reporter, in a discussion about the stress he had endured after winning his first. “I hit nine-iron the last two days, flew it 186 yesterday on sixteen…I guess it’s all right,” he boasted, when someone asked him about his athleticism. He was in his element, needing just one more great round to make Sunday a cakewalk.
Instead, on Saturday, he came back to the field, making three bogeys in four holes on the front nine and finishing at -5. That afternoon, I set up shop at Amen Corner, the famous three-hole stretch beginning at no. 11, the 505-yard par-4 with a pond guarding the left side of the green. After making the long approach to the most difficult hole on the course, players move to the par-3 12th, with its short but perilous 155-yard tee shot over Rae’s Creek—named after an early settler who operated a grist mill—onto a narrow green framed by bunkers and azaleas. The green on 12 is like a sanctuary, where no fans are allowed. When players leave the tee and cross Hogan’s Bridge, they are isolated…a last lonely moment before the pressure cooker of the finishing stretch. The par-5 13th completes the evil troika, forcing players to hit a draw off the tee to position themselves for the approach. Alternatively, you can cut the corner, go as the crow flies, and hit over the trees and the creek tributary on the left, but only a crazy person would even attempt it. A crazy person like, say, Bubba Watson.
Scripts for All about: Voice Acting with Lesley Bailey
The all-new, smaller, lighter, faster Kindle.
Think of a book, and start reading in sixty seconds.
With Chase Sapphire, whenever you call, an expert advisor will
No machines will answer and there are no buttons to push. Ever.
We’ll have you at hello.
The Sharpie twin tip marker. Two tips, one marker.
Opposites attract, to make the perfect pair. Sharpie. Uncap what’s
A breakfast your heart and taste buds can agree on.
Post Grape Nuts. Anything but ordinary.
With Expedia, when you book your flight and hotel at the same time,
you can save up to $450 bucks. And that could come in pretty handy.
Where you book matters. Expedia.
NEW YORK LIFE:
Peace of mind is waiting to meet you all across the country. In towns big and small, there’s a New York Life agent who can help you to secure your future and protect your family. New York Life – the company you keep.
This holiday, we’d like to encourage excessive drinking. Water, of course. Incredibly clear, fresh water. It’s the gift you give with Brita, and a refreshing alternative to the usual holiday spirits. So go ahead, indulge . . . it’s a good thing. Happy and healthy holidays.
All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough. They’ll say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or achieve this or be this. They will tell you no, a thousand times no – until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. They will tell you no. And you will tell them yes.
Scripts for All about: Voice Acting with Randye Kaye/ Provided courtesy of EdgeStudio
UPS – corporate-industrial
As part of UPS’s winning team, you and your family have direct access to the latest UPS news, employee information, and resources specific to you and your job. You must have internet access, an e-mail address, your employee ID number, and a login password to register. It’s that simple. Just visit www.upsers.com
American Life Investment -personal Finance – elearning
Even if you’re in the second half of your life, there is no time like the present to take stock of your financial situation. And how you deal with those personal finances will determine a lot about the quality of your life. That’s why “American Life Investment” brings you this, “My Retirement Planning” video.
Rockwell – Colgate Toothpaste – tour
At first glance, you may think this painting is another example of Rockwell telling a story about telling a story. But it’s more than that… it’s an advertisement. This painting was created as an ad for Colgate toothpaste.
Rockwell understood that sometimes ads work better when you don’t clunk people over the head with a hard sell.
Compared with the billions of other stars in the Universe,the Sun is unremarkable. But for Earth and the other planets that revolve around it,the Sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the Solar System together,pours life giving heat,light and energy to the Earth.
Texans Deserve Great Schools –ad- political
When a school is failing, what can parents do? More than you think. Here are three ways parents are making a difference.
Number one: the “Parent Trigger.” In Texas, if your school has failed for five years in a row, parents can petition to intervene. But best practices say it’s better to intervene sooner rather than later. That’s why in other states parents can start the intervention after only three years.
Crystal Light Tea 1 – ad – food
So, you think you gotta go to the gym to keep in shape? Treat yourself right. With New Crystal Light teas. Our new raspberry tea is icy crisp, with the taste of sun-ripened raspberries, but only 5 little calories. So, whatever you do to keep in shape, keep doing it. New Crystal Light Fruit teas. Treat yourself right!
These are the scripts for “All About: Voice Acting with Nancy Wilson”:
If your water isn’t one hundred percent naturally pure, then it isn’t pure at all. Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water is drawn straight from the purest mountain springs for a clean, crisp taste that’s one hundred percent natural. Arrowhead. Born better.
Inner monologue) Back to the old to do list again. Let’s see… Climb Mount Everest… done. Snorkeling with the dolphins off the coast of Australia? Done. Sky diving in Borneo… yup, that’s checked off too. Barreling over Niagara Falls (chuckle) – Nah, too risky! How about discovering a Land of Lost Caverns in the highlands of Costa Rica? (Reading) Easily trek to view scenic wonders of beauty and mystery… ancient unexplored caverns await… (Said to another person) Hey Jeff / Alice, what do you think of this? (Announcer) Why just travel when you can ‘adventure’ travel? Call us today to book your next out-of-this-world thrill seeker vacation.
When you plan your honeymoon, don’t just book the first flight to Tahiti… surprise your beloved with an unforgettably romantic getaway to one of the great European capital cities. Experience the finest that Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Athens have to offer… adorn your memories with signature hotels, distinct cultures, and breath- taking wonders found only in continental Europe. Treat your New wife / husband to an Old World romance. Start your married life off right by honeymooning in style across the pond.
Age Management Medical System – Cenegenics
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. You have the power to take control and actually manage your aging process. A unique Cenegenics protocol is your gateway to next generation medical science . . . a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to age management that takes you well beyond the conventional approach of quick, routine exams and generalized guesstimates, based on body type, gender and age. In-depth diagnostics reveal your big picture, uncovering your strengths and weakest health links. With that medical data in hand, Cenegenics Affiliate NYC partners with you to create a personalized, multi-faceted program, which meets your health goals and successfully manages your aging process.
Think of it as “squaring the curve,” staying healthy and staving off decline, typically associated with getting older. The result? Youthful aging with a more vigorous, healthier lifestyle. Take charge & revitalize your aging process today …
The heart is a remarkable organ. It is a muscle that relaxes and contracts, pumping blood carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. The steady rhythm of these contractions is controlled by electrical impulses that travel through the heart, first through the upper chambers, called the atria; and then through the lower chambers, called the ventricles. In order to reach the ventricles, electrical impulses must pass here, at the atrioventricular node. Atrial fibrillation occurs when a storm of electrical impulses spread through the atria in a chaotic and disorganized pattern, causing the atria to begin rapidly contracting. as a result, the ventricles may also begin contracting faster. When the heart is in atrial fibrillation, the body can’t receive the blood and oxygen it needs.
Radio City Music Hall
For many children in New York, Christmas meant the yearly extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall. For some kids in other areas, the holiday season meant Santa Claus and decorated fir trees. But in New York, it was Radio City … the huge resplendent hall, the Rockettes, and the reenactment of the Living Nativity scene, complete with wise men and suspended angels, live camels, and finally, a jubilant rendition of “O Holy Night.” The show itself, then only a half-hour long, was accompanied by a motion picture, usually something starring June Allyson, Esther Williams, or Jane Powell.
Royal Jelly is one of the most amazing food substances found in nature. It’s not honey or pollen. It is actually the food of the Queen Bee, and her longevity can be traced to her exclusive Royal Jelly diet. She lives almost six years, while worker bees, which eat only honey and pollen, live about six weeks! Astoundingly, If you take a Queen Bee off her diet of Royal Jelly. She lives only six weeks just like a worker bee! And this rare and remarkable substance cannot be duplicated in a lab; it can only be harvested in nature.
National Geographic 125 Years
National Geographic commemorates 125 years with this new book and amazing 10-disc anthology showcasing the moments, the people, and the discoveries that changed the world. With show-stopping imagery and thrilling behind-the-scenes tales, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 125 YEARS captures the heart of The National Geographic Society’s fascinating history, from its earliest days as a scientific club to its growth into one of the world’s largest organizations. Each section is presented thematically and in chronological order, from summiting Mount Everest to landing on the moon to discovering Titanic. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 125 YEARS taps key voices from the forefront of ocean and space exploration, climate science, archaeology, mountaineering and much, much more. Sidebars feature famous names including Jared Diamond, Sylvia Earle, Zahi Hawass, Buzz Aldrin, Bob Ballard, and Jane Goodall, contributing their thoughts about big questions of exploration, key frontiers in research, and enduring mysteries. No mere insider’s account, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 125 YEARS focuses on the impact The Society has made on the world and how it has reported and reflected a dramatically changing planet with glimpses at the process of telling the greatest stories on earth.
When I was a kid, I used to wear a bandage just to get attention. But now I’d rather be a little less conspicuous. So now I use clear Band-Aids from Johnson & Johnson. The only bandage with a see-through strip.
Which is nice because now that I’m grown up, I want people to notice me, not my Band-aid.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel
Film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author Peter Jackson
Actor Cate Blanchett
The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf-Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else desire power. For within these rings was bound the strength and the will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the Fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master ring to control all others, and into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One ring to rule them all. One by one, the free lands of Middle-Earth fell to the power of the Ring, but there were some who resisted. A last alliance of Men and Elves marched against the armies of Mordor, and on the very slopes of Mount Doom, they fought for the freedom of Middle-Earth. Victory was near, but the power of the ring could not be undone. It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that Isildur, son of the king, took up his father’s sword. Sauron, enemy of the free peoples of Middle-Earth, was defeated. The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death. And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend, legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, it ensnared a new bearer. The Ring came to the creature Gollum, who took it deep into the tunnels of the Misty Mountains. And there it consumed him. The ring brought to Gollum unnatural long life. For five hundred years it poisoned his mind, and in the gloom of Gollum’s cave, it waited. Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumor grew of a shadow in the East, whispers of a nameless fear, and the Ring of Power perceived its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But something happened then that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by the most unlikely creature imaginable: a Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, of the Shire. For the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all.
MONOLOGUE: As Good As it Gets/ Helen Hunt
*As Good As It Gets written by James L. Brooks*
*Carol:* You know, it’s really something that you’re looking after Simon.
And what I said on the street *(pause)* it was a bad thing to say. It made
me sick to my stomach–it was a…bad thing to say. And I’d be lying if I
didn’t say…that I enjoy your company. But the truth is that you do bother
me enormously, and I know that it– think that it– I think that it’s
better that I don’t have contact with you because you’re not ready! And
you’re a pretty old guy not to be ready and I’m too old to ignore that. But
there were extraordinary kindnesses that did take place. *(laughs)* So
anyways thanks for the trip. Goodnight! Goodnight…