We produce extraordinary audio books
Our approach to audio book production is not for everyone. Many listeners prefer audio books read by a single voice actor, or perhaps even several actors. But, since our first audio book Dinosaur World made its debut in 1982, we’ve been producing only full-cast audio books, featuring professional actors, original sound effects, and original music. It’s a time-consuming, demanding means of production, but it allows us great creative freedom, and gives us great satisfaction.
Our producer read The Warlock in Spite of Himself the year it was first published (1969) and was delighted to find the rights were available for audio book production. Dennis Regan — narrator on several of our other books — was available, as was Steve O'Connor, a gifted composer. All that was left was to cast the rather exhaustive list of characters. Production was long (the finished audio is almost 11 hours long!) and, as you'll hear, quite complex. Take a listen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars features over 8 hours of compelling audio. And, if you're a real Clarke fan, you can read about my own close encounter with the best-loved science fiction master here.
We spent several years within walking distance of Fighter Town USA, home of the Top Gun training school, at the Miramar Naval Air Station (now MCAS - Marine Corps Air Station) in San Diego, California. So it was an easy decision to write and record I'm a Jet Pilot. It gave us a chance to fly with airline pilots, and go behind the scenes of one of the most famous airbases in the world.
Like millions of others, we've been fans of T.S. Eliot since first reading The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. We included it and a few of our other Eliot favorites in Between the Desire and the Dream. We've included the full text of each poem. While you read, listen to the samples. Steve O'Connor's evocative music, and Dennis Regan's sensitive interpretation make each poem a rich, and unique experience.
Audible.com carries all the audiobooks written and produced by Geoffrey T. Williams, including the best-selling Dinosaur World series.
Take a few minutes to listen, and discover the power and enjoyment our special approach brings to audiobook production.
The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff
A Sci-Fi Fantasy Classic comes to life
Welcome to Gramarye – where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists, for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.
This is what cynical, hard-headed intergalactic spy Rod Gallowglass faces when he and his robot horse Fess, try to bring peace and democracy to this magic-ridden Renaissance-age society. Rod’s mission is threatened at every turn by anarchists, communists, and double-dealing royalists playing vicious political power games. Things are made even worse when Rod’s advanced technology gets him labeled a warlock in spite of his constant denials. Help comes from the most unexpected sources when he meets an ancient ghost, the King of the Elves, and the most powerful witch on the planet.
This is sword-and-sorcery with a witty, edgy, wry twist.
Christopher Stasheff's classic novel comes to life in 11 hours of dramatic audio, featuring well-known narrator Dennis Regan, and a full cast.
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The City and the Stars by Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Welcome to Mankind's last city
Diaspar is surrounded by deserts on an Earth where the oceans dried up millions of years ago.
The City is an isolated, technological marvel, ruled by the Central Computer. Birth and death have been eliminated. Instead, in an endless cycle, people emerge from the Hall of Creation, already mature, imprinted with memories of their earlier lives, to live for a thousand years, until they are "recalled," and stored once again, in the vast memory banks of the Central Computer.
But, in finding eternal life, mankind has lost its soul. Instead of lasting love, there is passionless sex. Instead of friendship, there are casual acquaintances. Instead of challenges, there are virtual adventures. Instead of goals, there are shallow hobbies.
Life in The City is stagnant, stale, and meaningless. Nothing new has happened for at least ten million years.
Until Alvin walks out of the Hall of Creation — a "unique" with no past lives, no past memories.
No one in living memory has been outside The City — its citizens are born with an unreasoning dread of the unknown. But Alvin has no fear of the outside world. In fact, he has an overwhelming curiosity, a drive to explore, to see what lies beyond The City's towering, impregnable walls. When he finally escapes, he discovers a place he could hardly have imagined. A place called Lys, where its telepathic citizens know birth — and death.
In Lys, Alvin finds friendship and love. He also discovers un-Earthly creatures who help him understand the forces that defeated mankind, and drove the people of Diaspar to cower in fear behind their walls. His discoveries lead to a fateful journey to the stars and back. On returning, Alvin brings with him something so strange, so alien, and powerful, it will change the world forever. But for better or worse not even he can guess
This full-cast recording features almost 9 hours of dramatic audio, original music and sound effects.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
I'm a Jet Pilot
It's like being in the cockpit
I'm a Jet Pilot is a story about Will, a young boy who has always wanted to fly jets. His flight in the cockpit of a jet airliner is exciting enough by itself, but it's just the beginning, as it leads to him going behind the scenes of the Navy Fighter Weapons School known around the world as Top Gun.
The book was recorded using one of the most unique microphones in the world: the KU 100 made in Germany by Neumann. The KU 100 dummy head is a binaural stereo microphone. It resembles the human head and has two microphone capsules built into the ears. When listening through high-quality headphones it gives the illusion of being right at the scene of the recording. It's like being there.
The recording of the commercial airliner was made in the cockpit of a Boeing 737-300 operated by US Airways, flying from San Diego to San Francisco, California. The recording engineer was sitting in the cockpit "jump seat" behind the pilots. You hear passengers coming aboard, chatter from the tower and other planes, and taxi and takeoff instructions for our flight, then you can almost feel the extraordinary power as the huge engines wind up and roar, taking you down the runway and into the sky. On route, there's brief, but accurate information about aerodynamics — the science of what makes planes fly.
When the story moves to the Top Gun school, the microphone was on the runway, less than 100 feet from where the F14s and F18s were taking off. The thunder was ear-shattering and breathtaking. Later, sounds were recorded in the Miramar control tower and the room where the training dogfights are monitored. If you've seen the movie Top Gun, this is the actual room where Maverick, Iceman, Goose, Viper, and the other fighter pilots gathered for briefings.
Listen to samples from the audio book here
Between the Desire and the Dream
The poetry of T.S. Eliot
Certainly one of the most, if not the most influencial and celebrated poets of the last century, Thomas Stearns Eliot had a profound and lasting influence on English literature.
Born in St. Louis Missouri and educated at Harvard University, Eliot moved to London to attend Oxford. After his marriage to his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood in 1915, he moved to England and became an English citizen in 1927. During the course of his career his circle of friends included philosopher Bertrand Russel, poet Ezra Pound, and writer James Joyce.
He started The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in 1910. When it was published in 1915 it almost immediately made him famous. Many of his most famous poems were written when he was relatively young, most notably: The Waste Land in 1922, and The Hollow Men in 1925. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.
More recently, he may be best known for his delightful, book of light verse Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which became the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, one of the longest-running play in Broadway history.
We've chosen to feature four of his best-known poems in this audio book: The Hollow Men, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Preludes, and Portrait of a Lady. Each is dramatically narrated and accompanied by original music.
You can read the poems and listen to samples here
The Hero of Cape Lonely Light
2007 Audies® Finalist
Audiofile Magazine says "It feels like a traditional folk ballad, beautifully sung and orchestrated..."
This epic sea adventure was among the finalists in the "Original Works" category at the 2007 Audies®. It was also awarded an Earphone Award from Audiofile Magazine. Read the review.
It's the story of a lonely lighthouse keeper looking for redemption, and the remarkable cat that helps him during a terrible hurricane.
Narrated by Dennis Regan, it features original sound effects and music composed by Steve O'Connor. It's a dramatic, almost theatrical, experience.
Read the entire epic poem and listen to a sample here