TKC 256 Gabra Zackman


Actress and narrator

Interview Starts at 24:45

I think the experience of reading a book oneself and listening to it are profoundly different. I will say that I do think the narrator of an audiobook becomes an incredibly important part of the experience. And I know so many wonderful craftspeople in the field, but I will say that hearing one of those people will make a book that’s already extraordinary even more extraordinary, or could take a book that is floundering in some ways into a new dimension. But I also think that sometimes if it’s a book that’s been around for a long time or people grew up with, sometimes to hear someone narrate it really takes away from the voices they already had in their own heads. So, being such a lover of reading as well as a lover of story telling, I think one does not happen at the expense of the other. Let’s hope that they go together.

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Show Notes and Links:


“Which is the US’s Most Prolific Literary Translation House?” by Edward Nawotka at Publishing Perspectives – June 27, 2013

“Why Bury the Lede? AmazonCrossing Publishes More Books in Translation than Anyone Else” by Chad W. Post at Three Percent – June 3, 2013

The Three Percent podcast at the iTunes Store

AmazonCrossing titles available at the Kindle Store

The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko (729 pages) – $4.99 for Kindle

“Amazon Kindle Worlds is Bigger Than You Think” by Steve Symington and Erin Miller at The Motley Fool – June 25, 2013

“Now Open: Kindle Worlds Store and Self-Service Submission Platform” – Amazon press release, June 27, 2013

Gossip Girl Season 6 – $16.99 at Amazon Instant Video

Gossip Girl: XOXO (Kindle Worlds Short Story) by Kodi Scheer – 99 cents for Kindle

Gossip Girl: Lovers, Liars and Thou (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Carolyn Hughey – $1.99 for Kindle

When a Camel Breaks Your Heart by Kodi Scheer – 99 cents at Kindle Singles

Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green – $12.10 for Kindle

Tech Tip

“How to reset the furthest page read on your Kindle” by Paul Biba at Teleread – March 9, 2012

Amazon help page for “Clear the Furthest Page Read”

Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships by David Schnarch – $8.79 for Kindle

Interview with Gabra Zackman

Audible books narrated by Gabra Zackman

Audible books narrated by Jonathan Davis

Postmodern Company studio in Denver


Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan – $13.72 for Kindle.

Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart – Prime Instant Video

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

Next Week’s Guest

Andrew Richard Albanese, author of The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight

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Comments 2

  1. Humphrey wrote:

    Thanks again Len. That is one of my all time favourite interviews. I’m a big Aubible listener and I loved the questions you asked Gabra.

    Posted 29 Jun 2013 at 9:58 am
  2. Sam Ford wrote:

    Hi Len,
    You referenced Kindle Worlds as one phenomenon that has come about since the release of “Spreadable Media” which we might need to take into account. One of my co-authors, Henry Jenkins, and I recently took part in a roundtable of media studies scholars for a publication called Cinema Journal that will see print…well, considering the nature of academic publication…probably awhile from now, but we broached the subject of Kindle Worlds. While that isn’t yet available, you might be interested in some of Henry’s perspective being featured in this piece from Lily Rothman at Time:

    Posted 03 Jul 2013 at 12:13 pm

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