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Meet Tara Sands and Mark Turetsky, performers in VINTAGE LOVE STORIES

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, released a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features Tara Sand’s and Mark Turetsky’s narration of Can’t Get Used to Losing You by K. E. White

We were able to chat with Tara and Mark separately, and we’d love for you to get to know a bit more about him, too!  

 TARA SANDS

What has been your favorite book to narrate? 

Well, that's an impossible question to answer!!! I have really enjoyed working on the Sammy Keyes series over the past 15 years or so. It was such a unique opportunity to create a character and her whole world and then get to revisit her whenever a new book got recorded. 

 

 

What do you like most about narrating audiobooks

I love that as narrators, we get to play roles we would never get cast in if it were any other type of media. I get to be a mob boss, a space creature, a French model and a US President......and that could all happen in one chapter. It really keeps you on your toes!

 

What do you like least about narrating audiobooks

 It's hard to talk this much in the studio and then transition into the real world. All I want to do after a full day of recording is rest my voice, but life doesn't often let you do that.

 

 

How do you decide on the specific voice and tone to do for each character? 

I scan the text for any indicators of voice type, accent, etc. Sometimes I get input from the author, but most often it's me in the booth playing around with voices until one clicks. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy. 

 

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? If so, what are they? 

They are pretty useless to audiobook narration. but I can make balloon animals and I accidentally started a jewelry company a few years ago. I missed doing work with my hands so I started making jewelry and it kind of got out of control!

 ABOUT TARA SANDS

Tara Sands has narrated over 150 Audiobooks in all genres including Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Award winning “Flora & Ulysses,” Meg Cabot’s “Allie Finkle,” “The Language of Flowers,” and the Sammy Keyes series. She has received numerous Earphones awards from AudioFile Magazine and the ALSC Notable Children’s Recording honor for “Flora and Ulysses.”  Tara played over 50 roles (including Bulbasaur) in the first 8 season of the Pokemon tv show, as well as playing Mokuba in Yugioh, Kari in Digimon Adventure Tri, and many other animated programs.

For 2 years, Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network’s weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled “Fridays.”

 

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MARK TURETSKY

What has been your favorite book to narrate?

My favorite book to narrate was probably Robert Heinlein's classic sci-fi novel, Have Space Suit, Will Travel. It takes place in a near future where mankind has colonized the moon, but it's the future as imagined in 1958, with soda fountains, and telegrams, and things only costing a nickel. It was fun to do a kind of gee-whiz wide-eyed innocent teen character that we don't see much anymore.

 

How do you prepare for all the different characters and their tones/vocal ranges?

When I prep a book, I always take note of which characters have speaking roles, how much they speak, and any kind of description given to them. It doesn't have to be something as obvious as "he said with his booming voice." Any kind of physical or psychological hints I get can inform my performance of a character. Sometimes I hear a voice very distinctly when I first start reading a character, but that initial impression might just end up being all wrong for it, and so I need to resist jumping to a conclusion early on and leave myself open to different ideas about how a character can sound.

 

How many books have you narrated and do they have a common thread or theme?

I've narrated a little over 70 books. My books tend to focus on young people, often with a science-y component. 

 

What do you like most about narrating audiobooks?

I love the idea of getting to play every part in a book, and also the privilege of being chosen as *the* voice for a thing. 

 

During your downtime, do you prefer to read in print or listen to stories in audio?

I have a hard time reading prose that I'm not preparing for narration. I've become so accustomed to prep work that if I'm reading prose, I can't turn off the part of my brain that's deciding how a certain sentence should sound, or where to inhale. So when it comes to prose, I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I also have started reading comic books again, which I used to love when I was a kid, and it's a fun world to get back into.

 

How do you select a book to narrate? 

Oh, the books select me, I assure you.

 

Do you read a book several times before you record the audio? 

 Depending on how much other work I've got and what kind of deadline I'm dealing with, I may read a book two or three times before going into the booth to record. There have been a few occasions where I've had the luxury of having prepped an entire book, and then being able to re-read the portion of a book that I'd be recording before going into the studio that day, but that doesn't happen too often.

 

Is there an audiobook you just loved listening to? What about that narration makes it special? 

My favorite audiobook is a bit hard to find. Ten or so years ago, RTE, the Irish national television and radio broadcaster, produced the audiobooks of three Samuel Beckett novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. The narrator is renowned Beckett performer Barry McGovern. McGovern is just so in tune with Beckett's text that it sounds like he's coming up with every word just as it occurs to him. And Beckett's prose in this non-trilogy is just hypnotic. The Unnamable, the third book, has very few paragraph breaks and as it goes on it has fewer and fewer periods. And as you follow this train of thought, it seems like it's never going to stop and you just can't put it down. Anyway, the CDs are now hard to find and really expensive to buy used, but I've got my copies, and I cherish them.

 

Is there a scene that was especially difficult to narrate?

The letters that Ben writes to Anna, where he's basically pouring all of his emotions onto the page. It's a level of candidness that he doesn't really display in the rest of the story, and it becomes kinda key to his character. I had to think back and tap into certain situations in my own life where I felt frustrated in love and, well, maybe wrote some similar letters at the time. 

 

ABOUT MARK TURETSKY

Voice actor Mark Turetsky has narrated award-winning audiobooks, commercials for radio and television, presentations for web sites, video games, and cartoons. He records from his home studio.  

 

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