Friday, August 14, 2009

Sounds good

My books have never made it onto the best seller lists. They seem to do pretty well, but I've never made a top 5.

So I was over the moon when my Mum texted to say Overkill had been listed as the third most requested talking book for the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind! And that list included the international titles.

I'm quietly chuffed.


Kiwicraig said...

That's fantastic Vanda! Awesome stuff.

As an aside, I've never quite understood why the Booksellers NZ Adult Fiction bestseller list is only five places, whereas the NZ non-fiction (and international fiction) have a top 10...

Dave B said...

That is great news ... if it's for blind people ... do they make a recording of it (like an audio book) or do they read it to them? I guess if there was a recording of it, the publisher would know about it.

I know that Paul's novels in Germany are part of the audio book club. You can buy it and listen to it being read (darn young whippersnappers with their flash dang walkmans) I am not sure if the voices change for the characters.

Anyway, that's great news.

Claire Beynon said...

Congratulations, Vanda. What terrific news!

I'm curious to know if you know who read your book onto 'tape'? (And have you heard it?) Is doing your own reading-for-recording something that appeals to you? As the writer you know your characters best and would nuance the dialogue, etc... with uber-insight...

I do love listening to writers reading their own work; it was very moving, for instance, to be in Huberta's company recently when she read The Madonna in the Suitcase.

Have a great weekend. C

Vanda Symon said...

These are done as cassettes specifically for the blind. Susan Curnow did the reading and it is 8 hours 45 minutes worth.

I didn't even know this had been done until Mum texted me to let me know. So I'm rapt!

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Brilliant! Congratulations! :-)

Peter Rozovsky said...

No need to be so quiet about it. Good job.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"