I never thought I’d be so excited for a new audio release. Honestly, for all the time that RA has been recording for Audible, I have said that I am not an audio fan *at all*. It turns out, I was *not* an audio fan because I didn’t have the right environmental circumstances to enjoy and value audio books. I simply feel bad if were just to sit on the sofa and listen to an audio book, doing nothing. But with a junk journal on my desk and the headphones on, it becomes the perfect win-win situation. So, anyway, the countdown is on; tomorrow is release day for A nearly normal family, and it really doesn’t come too soon because I have been listening to so much audio crap in the last while, I can’t wait for some quality stuff.
Talking of audio and quality…
Aha! Is Richard in the studio as we speak? And who is he recording for? Is this going to be an audio book of the Marc Aurel text, or is it VO for a documentary? Questions, questions, questions…
Meanwhile, Audible is now totally on board with harnessing the Armitage Army for their social media marketing. It’s not the first time that they have tweeted about RA, of course, but usually it is in context with an upcoming release. And this tweet is definitely not.
For a long while I ignored Audible on Twitter because their MO seemed to be “mention Armitage, bag all the engagement, ignore the tweeps”. In laywomen’s terms: They baited the fans with a reference to Richard in order to get lots of likes, replies and RTs, but they never engaged back and replied to the comments of the fans. That kind of behaviour makes me mad every time, and if it happens more than twice, I usually stop engaging because I do not respond well to exploitation. However, in the last while they seem to have copped on and changed their social media strategy because I have had a couple of exchanges with Audible. Which is why I replied this time.
Seriously, without bigging myself up, but I definitely like that idea better than all those suggestions of RA reading the phone book. I mean, how often do you have to look up phone numbers? Plus, the phone book doesn’t really have any social skills. But Alexa does. Just imagine, you could ask Alexitage to tell you a joke – and a blonde walks into a bar… 😂
The more I think about it, the more I like this idea and the more I am sure it will never happen. Armitage would be giving away one of his best assets, and oversaturate the market. Although *I* can never get enough!
Anyway, the whole Amazon machine seems to be slowly falling in love with Armitage, though. My Google Alerts had this little snippet for me today.
“Read David Copperfield.”
Richard Armitage brings his unique voice and interpretation to this Dickens classic. Follow David Copperfields life journey while he encounters villains, saviours and eccentrics. Listen for free on Echo until 30 June.
Mh-mh. *Guylty nods vigorously* Definitely worth while for Armitage.
Maybe not so much for Dickens.
By the way, if you haven’t yet read Armidreamer’s fun post on the subject of Armitage’s voice, please do so! Especially as she has voice snippets to listen to!!!
One more sleep! I leave you with a little gallery of audio-gone-visual.
I always find it most amusing that it is in the studio recording for erotic romance Wanderlust that Richard is decked in a highnecked, thick cardigan. Armour? 😂
*drools* Yep, I know. In the end, the visuals are always better than the just the voice. And the combined package is unrivalled. *over and definitely knocked out*