Tamsin Collison
Me and fizz
Alex and Ell
Alex and Ell with medals

All acting is storytelling of one kind or another…

…but an Audiobook is storytelling in its purest form – no sets, costumes, lights, music or other voices to aid either the actor’s or the listener’s shared imaginative investment in a text. Everything is done by a single voice, which can be really liberating for a versatile performer.

For a bookworm like me, working as an Audiobook Director/Producer is a total joy. I have produced approx 400 titles so far, and counting. I respect the responsibility of bringing a book to life, whatever the genre or subject matter, and I get as much satisfaction from directing an interesting history book as from the most rip-roaring adventure.

I have worked for all the leading UK publishing houses, including Macmillan, Penguin, Harper Collins, Time Warner/Hachette, Naxos, Random House, Hodder Headline, Chivers Audio, Audible and BBC Worldwide, on everything from classic novels to brand new releases. I am lucky enough to work with some of the finest voice artists in the industry, but I also enjoy working with actors who are just starting to find their storytelling wings.

This year, Alex Calister’s debut thriller Winter Dark, which I directed the actor Ell Potter reading for the Audible Original imprint, was a finalist in the 2020 Audie Award Crime & Thrillers category (the Audies are the USA Audio Industry equivalent of the Emmys or Oscars). The three of us went over to New York for the event and a good time was had by all. We were beaten by Stephen King’s The Institute, but since it was his first win and he was also being given a Lifetime Achievement Award, we considered it an honourable defeat. Here are Ell and Alex with their finalists’ medals. 

The sequel, Winter Risingreached #No.1 on Audible’s Bestseller list and a 5* rating on Saturday May 31st 2020.

My Recent Audiobooks

Beowulf

Dombey & Son

The Counterplot

Quidditch Through the Ages