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Listening to ZERO DAY CODE

Posted July 8 by John Birmingham

It's a weird thing, listening to somebody read something you've written. Not at all like re-reading it yourself. By the time a book is published I've usually read and re-read the manuscript so many times that I'm wordblind to it. It cant see errors. I an't really see anything any more.

But listening to Rupert Degas's reading of Zero Day Code for Audible was like encountering the story for the first time. That's often how it feels with audiobooks, at least for me. But the effect was exceptionally pwoerful with this title, probably because Degas is an exceptionally powerful reader. I'm in awe of how he manages to craft so many different voices. His Jonas Murdoch in ZDC is even better than the Jonas in my head when I write him.

<u>Jason Lambright has a nice post over at his blog</u> about the experience of listening to a book being akin to sitting by the camp fire with your favourite garrulous uncle.

I started listening last Friday and kept sneaking away form the family over the weekend to find more opportunities to revisit the story. It realy helped get my head back into the narrative world for book two. I think I'm gonna restart the narration and just keep replaying it until I've finished the draft of the new manuscript.

<u>If you're not an Audible listener, you've got about a year and half to wait for the paper and ebooks to come out. Or you could get yourself a free copy with a trial account, right here.</u>

13 Responses to ‘Listening to ZERO DAY CODE’

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted July 8
I've been so impressed with Degas' reading of ZDC. Not just for smashing it out of the park on characters like Jonas and Damo (OMG the Damo voice! *kisses fingers*) but C level characters like Mikey, Jonas' flatmate. Degas captures EVERYTHING you've written about Mikey in his voice; we know that while Jonas is biased in his contempt for Mikey, there's a solid foundation for that contempt because Mikey IS that contemptuous sort of guy. And all of that is conveyed through the voice Degas gave him, and all in a single scene. Just amazing.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted July 8
Yeah, I'm beginning to understand just how narration is a strange, obscure but utterly amazing ART form.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted July 8
i have this queued waiting for a day of burning blackberry canes and biddy bush (headphones in, a log to sit on and a bottle to sip and watch those buggers burn). I got sucked into audio books because of long car trips and the kids. Best thing to zone them out was to put on a book and let them get involved. The best ones were ones we could get into as well. Miriam Margolyes and her effort in Matilda was transforming. Simon Callow does a damn good job too. Then i got an audible account. But we also supplement with a library one. Current cracker is a YA fantasy by DM Cornish, Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling. Damn fine job they did on that one.. . . . but i just need that weekend to watch a fire burn whilst listening to the world burn : )

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 8
Have you got into Borrowbox? It's a library based audiobook app from Bolinda.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 9
Yeah Bolinda is the one our library uses . . . i think there is another one as well. We rack the kms up on the car living rural and the radio is always a constant battle: "i want to listen to this topic on RN, well we want to listen to music, no not that one the other one". Audiobooks are the sanity restoring middle ground.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted July 8
Listening to an audio book after having read is almost like experiencing a new book. I find that the voices I construct while reading are rarely the same as those on audiobooks. .
It's almost like experiencing a new book and with a skilled narrator such as Degas it adds another depth.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 8
It really is!

she_jedi puts forth...

Posted July 8
My inner head 'canon' voices are nothing like Degas', so listening to this I've had a bit of "Oh! That's what Damo/Jonas/Mel/Rick sound like." Like it's official now that Degas has voiced them. It's weird but immensely pleasing all at once.

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Vovchara puts forth...

Posted July 10
I honestly hope it will come out in written form. Audiobooks are just not for me. I was trying to listen for almost a week, just can't remember characters, and my imagination is also completely idle. Got through the first interlude, if you ask me what it was about I wouldn't be able to tell. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book, just need it in writing.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 10
It will eventually drop in print/ebook. But Audible bought exclusivity, so they get exclusivity. The upside is that when it expires in about 18 months, the entire series will be written. No waiting for sequels.

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Thalesian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 15
Got a copy, listened to it, loved it.

I really thought Degas' accent work was well done, and the story itself was great.
Kudos.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted July 16
Cheers Guv

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Leftarc has opinions thus...

Posted July 29
Just bought the audible ZDC to listen to as part of a long weekend of driving and camping.
The narration and editting was very good. The book was great, and hand in hand there are several call outs I want to mention:
The introduction of Nomi was a curveball.
When the NSC tells you to eat your pancakes, eat your pancakes.
The epilogue was a nice little homage to the King.

Well done JB, Well done.

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