Narrator Spotlight – Anne Flosnik

 

Eargasms Narrator Spotlight Anne Flosnik

Hi April, it’s lovely to be here. I have been narrating audiobooks for almost twenty years. I began in 1996, with recording for the Library of Congress program for the blind. I recorded approximately 250 books at that time, and currently have 243 titles listed on Audible. I have a broad discography covering popular Fantasy, Fiction, Mysteries, Classics, YA, Bios, Memoirs, History and Non Fiction titles, in addition to Historical Romances for which I am perhaps best known.

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1 – How did you get involved in recording audiobooks?
I joined a local acting group called The Actors’ Center, and through them heard about an audition for narrators for The Library Of Congress.
2 – What is your favorite thing about recording books?
I love telling stories, and bringing what the author has created to life.
3 – Do you have a favorite genre or author to record?
I love good writing, in whichever genre that comes.
4 – What do you think is the most important part of the recording?
Being in the moment, and bringing forth the author’s intent, moment to moment.
5 – Do you have a narration superpower? Awesome accents, infusing emotion, super-fast read? What is your best trick?
One of the things I enjoy doing most is performing accents other than my own.
6 – What was your favorite book to read so far? And why?
There have been so many, and all for different reasons.
7 – What was your most challenging read? What made it so difficult?
Some of my most challenging reads have been the first three books in the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. The  books are in the Fantasy genre, with pronunciations often based on languages from all over Europe. The research was intensely enjoyable, and a challenge to keep the pronunciations accurate and consistent over the course of say a 36 hour book, as with “Kushiel’s Dart.”

 

8 – Is there a book out there that you desperately want to do the narration for, that elusive dream job?
I look at every book I narrate as my dream book, as they are the dream of their author’s and deserving of my very best.
9 – Do you have a ritual or routine when you are recording a book?
Be prepared, with having read and researched the book. If there are accents, refresh my ear by watching films, etc. A good example of this was preparing to narrate “Anna And The King Of Siam,” the book which “The King And I,” is based on. I watched three different film versions, and studied the accents involved. Once all the prep is done, just relax and enjoy the process of telling a story.
10 – What is a fun fact people might not know about you?
In another life, I am a trained nurse and midwife.

 

Thanks April, for letting me stop by. It was an honor and a lot of fun!
 

 

 

Two lucky winners will get their choice of audiobook from Tantor Media’s catalog for Anne.
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38 Responses

  1. imbulky says:

    Wow, that is a lot of narrating. I love the voices used in the Kushiel Series. Have you ever done a dual narration or considered it?

  2. Anne Flosnik says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I loved performing the Kushiel series! I keep hoping that Ms. Carey will write Melisande’s story, and that I’ll be lucky enough to narrate it! Off the top of head have done dual narrations with John Lee, and Michael Page.

  3. nrlymrtl says:

    I absolutely adored your performances for the first three books in the Terre D’Ange Cycle. If I am not mistaken, you also narrated the final trilogy in that 9 book series, correct?

    And I think it is awesome that your trained as a nurse and midwife. If the zombie apocalypse ever happens, I want you on my team. Entertainment and practical smarts in one!

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi there! Firstly thank you so much for the lovely review you wrote for my narration of “Kushiel’s Dart”, and I think there have been one for something else? I did indeed voice the final three books in the Kushiel’s Legacy series, “Naamah’s Kiss,” ‘Naamah’sCurse,” and Naamah’s Blessing.” It was fun to do a Scottish accent for the main character Moirin, in that series.
      Would be honored to be on your team! Nurses, midwives and storytellers are always good to have around. 🙂

      • nrlymrtl says:

        I also wrote a review of Kushiel’s Chosen. I have been participating in a group read of the series. We’re ramping up to do the second trilogy (Imriel’s story).

        • Anne Flosnik says:

          That’s it! Must be very interesting to do a group read of the Kushiel’s Legacy books. They are fascinating books on so many levels. So enjoyed the many challenges narrating them presented. Ms. Carey is a most erudite author! I learned a great deal about many things, including much about linguistics. The characters live and breathe!

          • nrlymrtl says:

            So true! One of our group read members was Jewish so she had extra knowledge to share with us when Ms. Carey brought in that particular religion to the series. It was really great to see all the different viewpoints. I studied several languages in high school and college so I always loved that aspect to the series. Is there another series (or book) that you’ve narrated that you’ve found as challenging and rewarding?

  4. shadow says:

    Great list of audio books! I have quite a few in my library! Narrating with other people, is it hard? More fun? Different? Do you prefer doing it your yourself or with someone? How long does it take to record?

  5. Anne Flosnik says:

    Hi Shadow! Thank you! Narrating with other people in my experience, usually happens with recording done in different places and times. If that’s the case, I make sure to contact the other nattator, to be sure we will be pronouncing words, names, places etc., in the same way, as there are often crossover words. It’s a lot of fun to be recording with someone, as you play off their energy and have a lot of fun working in real time together, on something. It probably takes about the same amount of time. An average recording takes me about 2 hours, to get 1 hour of audio. Lovely to have the opportunity to shake things up a bit. Always happy to be working!

  6. Jen B says:

    Sometimes I can read a blurb and not recognise it, but when I start reading I’ll realise I’ve read the book before. As you’ve done so many do you forget the books you’ve narrated?

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi Jen! After nearly twenty years, I imagine that could happen, but as soon as I would start listening it would come right back to me. Sometimes titles can be similar, too.:)

  7. julie says:

    They all seem to be so good. Do you travel a lot

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi Julie! Thank you for your lovely comment. You can be sure I put my heart into all of them! 🙂 I used to travel quite a bit, but it’s less now, as more gets done from home than used to be the case. It’s very nice to do a bit of both, so if travelling comes up and I’m free, I jump at it.

  8. Susan T. says:

    It looks like you’ve narrated everything from romance to non-fiction! Do you have any tricks to keep the listener interested when you narrate a rather dry non-fiction title?

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi Susan T! I have been very lucky to narrate such a wide variety of books, and in so many genres. Honestly none of my Non Fiction titles have been dry. The Tantor Non Fiction titles are excelent, and I just received a really lovely review from AudIoFile Magazine for “Joan Of Arc.” If ever I were to narrate a title that seemed on the dry side, I imagine I would put myself in the author shoes and bring out their love for their subject, or uncover some subtle humor. Brits love to do that where appropriate.

  9. Mary C. says:

    How much contact do you have with the authors?

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi Mary C! It really depends on the book, and the author. I research my books myself, and usually find most of the words, even foreign ones, myself. If there are words I’m not sure of, or author created words as in some Fantasy books, I let the publisher know, and then will contact the author if appropriate. Sometimes too for authors I have worked with over several books we touch base on their new books, etc.

  10. Nannette says:

    Is there any genre you would not want to narrate? You seem to have a set of very diverse titles.

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi Nanette! I do have a diverse body of work, and I enjoy the challenge of different genres, and accents and the variety it brings.The quality of the writing of my Tantor titles, has opened up new worlds to me, that I might not otherwise have discovered. Having a variety of genres to work on keeps me fresh and on my toes. It honestly depends on the book, my availability with deadlines, etc.

  11. Joyce Williams says:

    I am a big fan of audiobooks, historical romances are my number 1 listening pleasure. Proud to say I have all of the historical romances that you have narrated and listen to them over and over. Just started the Lindsay Pryor audiobooks because I saw you narrated them and am enjoying those as well.

  12. Anne Flosnik says:

    Hi Joyce! Thank you so much for your lovely words. I am so happy to hear and honored that you have listened to and enjoy my work. I know you will love the Lindsay J Pryor books. They are are exceptionally good, and I’m excited to see how everything comes together in Blackthorn. Thank you so much for your support, and let me take this opportunity to wish you Health, Happiness and much happy listening.

  13. Sophia Rose says:

    How cool that she does midwifery and nursing as well as audio narration. Nice variety of books read.

  14. Anne Flosnik says:

    Hi Sophia Rose! No more nursing and midwifery these days, just the the audiobooks. Hope this finds you well. Have a very Happy Season, and lots of happy listening ahead!

  15. Heather R. says:

    What an impressive number and variety of books! 250 is amazing! There are so many historical romances that I would love to try if I won. I know that I love Sherry Thomas, and I see that you narrated her “Not Quit a Husband.”
    What is one of your favorite books to narrate and why?

  16. LilMissMolly says:

    I fell in love with many of Anne’s historical romance. I’ve probably listened to 50 of them!

  17. Kim BookJunkie says:

    Greetings from a starstruck fan! I couldn’t get to a computer yesterday so I don’t know whether you will ever see this post or not…. If you do, thank you for sharing so much about yourself in your interview and by replying to the comments/questions posted by other listeners. I thought it was very interesting that you used to work in healthcare! I have no idea what kind of nurse or midwife you were but having listened to several of your audiobooks, I DO know how incredibly talented you are and can confidently say that you were meant to be a narrator! What led or motivated you to record that first audiobook for the Library of Congress? My guess is that you were not planning on becoming a narrator while you were in school for nursing!?!?

    • Anne Flosnik says:

      Hi Kim! I am so touched by your words. I wouldn’t be here without you! There came a time in my life when I knew I had something yet to do that I hadn’t as yet discovered. I began reaching out, trying a bit of this and a bit of that, while still sticking with my original career. I had always in my heart wanted to act, and through my journey that came out as my ultimate reality. All my real life experiences have come in handy to help me realistically put myself into my author’s works. You are exactly right. The dream came through the doing of discovery.

  18. Anne Flosnik says:

    Hi Heather! Thank you for your lovely words. You mentioned your interest in “Not Quite A Husband,” by Sherry Thomas. It was a personal favorite of the year. I was captivated by the hero and heroine. Without any spoilers, I loved the way both sides were so completely developed, and the backdrop to most of the story was captivating. I was swept away getting inside them. I hope if you listen to it you will let me know what you think. AudiFile gave a lovely review for this one. 🙂

  19. Alexisa says:

    Have you always enjoyed audiobooks?
    Hands down if you’re narrating it and its romance I’m listening to it.

  20. Lexi says:

    I’m an addict of you in historical romance.

  21. Janie McGaugh says:

    I’ve listened to a number of your books and especially enjoyed your Elizabeth Hoyt books.

  22. I am just getting into audio books and am loving all these narrators!

  23. I just picked up Blood Shadows from Audible. I can’t wait to listen!

  24. JoAnna B says:

    Do you listen to audio books? And if so do you have a favorite narrator or author?

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