When I first began narrating books for Audible I was excited when I first auditioned for this book and Debbie indicated that she liked my voice. However, she had already promised the book to another actor, so I was pleased she liked my voice but very disappointed I wasn't going to get to record the book. To my suprize and delight Debbie contacted, me after about a year, to say the other actor after much to-ing and fro-ing had dropped out and would I like to do the book?
I was doubly excited the second time around and had always felt this was the fish that had got away, now finally in was in the net!
It's a dark tale with sex and violence that some people would find hard to listen to. But Debbie, the author, has not written it in a gratuitous way and there is a good moral core to the book. Debbie was at times very complementary about my reading saying that she felt it gave dimensions to the story that she hadn't noticed, which was very gratifying to hear. I hadn't realized until recently that the book was long-listed for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award but it doesn't surprise me because it is very well written which is why I'd really wanted the job.
I'd also wanted the job because although I like the challenge of doing accents sometimes it's nice to do something pretty close to your own accent once in a while. This was set in London and so it was not much of a stretch for my voice, which I always call 'London-overspill'. Anyway, the blurb below gives an outline of the book:
Michael Redford died on his 17th birthday - the night Eddie picked him up off the street, shot him full of heroin, and assaulted him.
Now he's Mikey and he works for Joss. With streaked blond hair and a cute smile, he sleeps by day and services clients at night. Sometimes he remembers his old life, but with what he's become now, he knows there is no return to his comfortable middle-class background.
Then he makes a friend in Lee. A child of the streets, Lee demands more from friendship than Mikey is prepared to give. But the police are closing in on them now and Mikey's not sure anymore who he really is - streetwise Mikey or plain Michael Redford