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‘Surviving the Fatherland’ Audiobook Has Arrived!

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Audiobook Cover of ‘Surviving the Fatherland’

***New review (print version) from the Historical Novel Society***

I’m excited to announce that the audiobook version of ‘Surviving the Fatherland,’ narrated by Naomi Jacobson, is now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

I will also work on getting the book listed with other audio services, but that may be a little while since I’m new at this.

Both Audible and Amazon offer a first audiobook free if you’re willing to sign up for a monthly service. You can also listen to a sample to see if you like Naomi’s narration.

Listen to a sample of ‘Surviving the Fatherland.’

 

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Audiobook Adventure of ‘Surviving the Fatherland’ Continued…

movie poster die Feuerzangenbowle

Movie Poster of a 1944 Film with Heinz Rühmann

Well, it’s been a busy month. Naomi, the narrator of the upcoming audiobook, ‘Surviving the Fatherland, jumped right in and began recording. Via ACX I could listen to each chapter to check for pronunciation, potential errors, etc. Well, Naomi is a pro and so I didn’t find much to flag. The occasional German word threw in a wrench or two. Like “Not-woh-nun-gen” which means emergency apartments or “Feuer-zangen-bowle” (The Punch Bowl), the name of a famous German movie with Heinz Rühmann which was based on a traditional German punch with rum, red wine and a sugar cone, set on fire. The former is an excellent old movie with a cool plot. The latter is tasty, but…, it does produce a guaranteed headache.

audiobook cover of surviving the fatherland a WWII novel based on a true story

Audiobook Cover of ‘Surviving the Fatherland’

I listened to each chapter and then to the entire audiobook. Yes, my friends, it’s done—thirteen hours of amazing entertainment. But wait, there are a couple more things to complete. Payment has been made, ACX will do a QC check, and I’m still on schedule to publish by the end of July.

The German designer tweaked the cover of ‘Surviving the Fatherland,’ adding a bit of landscape on the right. Audiobooks require a format of 2,400 x 2,400 pixels. For my part I’m very excited to soon share a beautiful production of my parents’ true story with audiobook listeners.

I will let you know!

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