Abridging a book for audio is an art requiring much skill and sensitivity. It’s an exceedingly difficult task to take a book of more than 90,000 words and painstakingly trim it down until it meets the requirements of the medium. Often, more than half the original text must be cut, while still preserving the integrity of the author’s words and the complexity of the story or information presented.
It’s a difficult task, but one I thoroughly enjoy! I’ve adapted nearly 100 books for audio, both fiction and nonfiction, in a wide range of categories and writing styles.
This list of the authors whose books I’ve abridged includes Janet Evanovich, Sara Paretsky, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Jackson, Michael Crichton, Iris Johansen, Fern Michaels, Mary Kay Andrews, Elizabeth Lowell, Jane Heller, Laurence Shames, Daniel Goleman, Stephen J. Cannell, Edith Wharton, Marcia Willett, Donald Trump, John Gray, and Al Gore.
Recent books I’ve abridged include Devoted in Death, a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery by J.D. Robb, and The Hidden, a paranormal mystery by Heather Graham for Brilliance Audio. Click here for a complete list of completed projects.
I wrote about romance on audio in an article for the Romance Writers Report entitled “Love Is in the Ear.”
Audio publishers, please contact me to discuss your next abridging project!