Good morning readers! Today I am looking forward to introducing you to a new audiobook narrator named Harry Frost, who is the narrator of one of my favorite Austenesque books, The Darcy Monologues.
Harry Frost has generously offered to visit with my readers today. Recently, we met online where we talked about our love for Jane Austen, his inspiration for narrating Mr. Darcy and of course, The Darcy Monologues. I loved spending time with Harry Frost. I found him to be such a captivating person, filled with insights that made me appreciate all of the hard work that went into making this audiobook so amazing! I hope that you enjoy our video chat.
Are you new to The Darcy Monologues? You may want to read my post, Ten Reasons to Read (Or Reread) The Darcy Monologues. Here’s the book description:
“You must allow me to tell you…”
For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”?
In this romance anthology, fifteen Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.
Stories by: Susan Adriani * Sara Angelini * J. Marie Croft * Karen M Cox * Jan Hahn * Jenetta James * Lory Lilian * KaraLynne Mackrory * Beau North * Ruth Phillips Oakland * Natalie Richards * Sophia Rose * Joana Starnes * Melanie Stanford * Caitlin Williams
Before we meet Harry, I invited Christina Boyd, editor and the visionary behind this anthology, to share with us her process for selecting Harry Frost as the narrator of this book:
I am delighted, Claudine, that you are listening to “The Darcy Monologues” via Audible. Thank you for featuring us and interviewing our narrator. I found a treasure in our voice actor, Harry Frost, from the UK, don’t you think? His narration is AMAZING. And I do not use that word lightly.
I auditioned well over eight voice actors over the summer. The trouble with the others, the talent either sounded too old (Darcy needed to sound 28-35 years old) and have a smooth, rich voice… No gravelly smokers, please. And, he needed to be able to do not only a posh Regency voice, as eight of the stories are set in the Regency era, but he needed to do believable American accents: Texan, upper-crust Boston, Bronx, Manhattan, as well as a redneck-Southern drawl. That’s not too much to ask for, right? But with a title like “The Darcy Monologues”, the male voice actor for Darcy et al. had to be perfection. The only person I knew could pull this off was Henry Cavill, and when I jokingly/not jokingly mentioned it to him in May, he just smiled… Alas, we moved on.
However through the ACX platform, I auditioned a couple of possibilities but when I found Harry Frost–a British voice actor who not only had a literature background and understands Jane Austen but could adeptly do all the varied voices–plus he sounded the right age–and seemed a cross between Toby Stephens and Dan Stevens–well, you cannot imagine my excitement! After listening to his audition of a few Regency and modern character excerpts from our anthology, I felt like I hit the jackpot.
Once he started producing the narration, I would listen to the stories and make suggestions for a more authentic US accent on particular words and email him YouTube examples. I was impressed by how quickly he accommodated my suggestions, along with his own interpretation of various characters. (I particularly love his Darcy in Jenetta James’s WWII story and the vicar, physician, and Lady Catherine in Joana Starnes’s story.) Over 150 production hours later, here we are. I hope you enjoy the audiobook. It’s everything I hoped it would be and more. What a jolly, good sport Harry Frost has been to work with too. Such a pro!
This is Frost’s first Audible venture through ACX but I suspect he is going to be much sought after once other historical fiction authors hear him. I can say I knew him when…
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Please join me in welcoming Harry Frost to Just Jane 1813…
It’s Giveaway Time!!
Christina Boyd is offering a wonderful giveaway for my readers! Five lucky Just Jane 1813 winners will win a copy of The Darcy Monologues audiobook, Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Thank you, Christina, or this fabulous Austenesque giveaway!
To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. We’d love to know your thoughts about this anthology! Readers must leave comments no later than midnight, ET, on January 30 and the winner will be announced on February 1, 2018, on this blog.
I’d like to thank Harry Frost for his time with this interview and for his amazing audiobook work. I’d also like to thank Christina Boyd for not only organizing one of my favorite Austenesque projects but also for this generous giveaway for my readers!