Author: Susana Imaginário
Narrator: Sarah Kempton
Length: 11 hours 36 minutes
Series: Timelessness, Book 1
Publisher: Susana Imaginário
Released: Apr. 30, 2020
Chronos, god of Time, and creator of the Universe, wants to destroy Eternity.A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.And a reclusive Olympian deity does what no god should ever do: She answers a prayer. As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal’s body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim’s new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul….
Susana Imaginário lives in Ireland with her husband and their extremely spoiled dog. Her hobbies include reading, playing board games, hanging upside down, poking around ancient ruins, talking to trees and being tired. Her work combines mythology with fantasy and psychology in a strange way.
Sarah has worked on nearly 40 audiobooks to date across various genres, as well as other voice over work from corporate explainers to video games. She has been working as a professional actor for 14 years and is a comedy improviser having performed all over the place from London to Edinburgh to New York and even Luxembourg.
Q&A with Author Susana Imaginário
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
- I used ACX. It was a fairly simple and straightforward process.
- Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
- Yes, definitely.
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- I knew from the audition that Sarah had nailed the overall tone of the story, so I just sent her a summary of the main character’s personalities, speech patterns and accents. She took it from there.
- The recording process went smoothly. I would listen to the chapters as soon as they were uploaded and send feedback shortly after. This avoided the repetition of misspellings and jarring edits.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- Yes. I like the ability to multitask and rest my eyes for a bit.
- Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
- Pretty much every bit of dialogue and inner monologues.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- Just keep writing. There will be bad days and terrible days and completely wasted days, but as long as you love to write, it’s all worth it.
- What’s next for you?
- Complete the production of the audio version of The Dharkan (Timelessness book 2) and publish Nephilim’s Hex (Timelessness Book 3) on July 1st, if all goes well.
- Can you share with us something about Wyrd Gods that isn’t in the blurb?
- The main character is Psyche, the goddess of the soul. I keep her identity secret for most of the book (unless the reader knows who the goddess of the soul is, of course). It’s part of the mystery, but since so many people don’t know about her (and therefore miss out on a lot) and her identity has already been spoiled in several reviews, I’m seriously considering changing the blurb to include this.
This book was very entertaining as somebody who doesn’t listen much to mythology books. This one really grabbed my attention. The characters felt like they were brought to life through the story. This is the first time I’ve ever listens to this voice actress and I thought that she did an amazing job. When it came to differentiating different voices I did find it a little difficult for the male voices. But overall she was very entertaining to listen to.
When it came to the overall production of the audiobook I thought you sounded very professional. There wasn’t any weird sound glitches. Overall I would highly recommend this book to anybody who loves anything to do with God‘s or just mythology in general.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Susana Imaginário. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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