Category : Cool Stuff

Midwest Book Review’s Review of “Olivia Turner’s Amazing Amazon Adventure”

The Midwest Book Review reviewed the audiobook I recorded, Olivia Turner’s Amazing Amazon Adventure, written by the extremely talented William Graham.

Here’s the review:

“Stephanie Quinn’s youthful, enthusiastic voice is the perfect match for narrating Olivia Turner’s Amazing Amazon Adventure, a vibrant story set in Ecuador that captures the culture and atmosphere of the Amazon jungle.

14-year-old Olivia Turner has dreamed about the Amazon even while at home in Vermont because she and her Spanish language class are slated to visit the jungle in an upcoming field trip which she’s been looking forward to for months. She’s lucky to be part of a small group of five students slated for a once-in-a-lifetime journey that seems perfect, given her determination to excel in everything she does. Little does she know that her trip will be even more adventurous than she anticipates.

After a grueling, long plane trip and a harrowing bus ride, Olivia is at last in the Amazon jungle, where the dire warnings of a fisherman portends dangers Olivia and her group hadn’t expected.

Stephanie Quinn’s voice guides readers all the way, capturing Olivia’s excitement, the lower-voiced and firm admonitions of Paco (“The mosquitoes are your welcoming party…get used to them…it is their jungle; not yours…”), and the other people Olivia encounters as part of her group and in the course of her Amazon encounters.

As Olivia and her friends help build the first school in Ascension, they face a brutally hot sun, a river filled with harmful creatures large and small, the lure of playing hooky and breaking the rules to have fun, and the consequences of rash actions and spontaneous invitations.

Is the old man right? Are they facing dangers certain to harm them despite the watchful attention of Paco and other adults?

The Amazon environment comes to life in an engrossing combination of Stephanie Quinn’s vivid rendition and William Graham’s descriptions of high adventure rooted in a solid sense of place. This spirited, highly recommended audio story pairs action with realistic observations of the Amazon and its environmental and social challenges. It will thoroughly engross young readers seeking the vivid immediacy of an audio narrative paired with a heroine’s determination to survive against all odds as she faces a series of encounters with deadly, unforgiving jungle denizens.”

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Review: “What a Performance!!”

New media review for the catastic mystery book I voiced, SERENDIPITY MYSTERY: DIARY OF A SNOOPY CAT, available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! So grateful!

What a performance!!

The performance by Stephanie Quinn blew me away! I wasn’t sure if this was a child narrating or an adult who was just that good!! After checking out samples of her other work, I realized that she is just that good! Wow! Her amazing voice!!! She did a phenomenal job playing these adorable, loving characters! Her performance made me want to hear more in the series, and while I’m sure the book is wonderful without audio, my overall experience was heightened by choosing the audiobook. Everything from her pronunciation, clarity, and speed to her inflection, volume, and enthusiasm kept me engaged in the story from start to finish. I am so impressed by her amazing performance! Bravo!

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YES… I am Dee Dee!

Yes… I am Dee Dee in Five Nights at Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night

Wow! She’s annoying AND her tagline, “Uh oh, how unfortunate,” has taken on a life of its own. I’ve gotten so many messages from people around the world about Dee Dee. Pretty cool! So I thought I’d write a little about it.

I’m so thankful to Scott Cawthon of Scott Games for giving me the opportunity to be Dee Dee’s voice. Scott’s direction to me was: “I want her to sound innocent, sweet, and completely irritating.”

I’ve received many hilarious messages from Dee Dee lover/haters around the world, and I’ve seen some awesome reviews on Steam about Dee Dee. These are a few of my favorites so far:

“I don’t think I’ve ever hated something as much as I hate Dee Dee”

“DD can go jump in a pit”

“you will hate DD, thats just a fact”

“The game is good, but ♥♥♥♥ dee dee.”

“Go away Dee Dee!”

“Dee Dee will forever be stuck in my head”

“The only thing that I completely and utterly hate (but still love… argh) is DeeDee”

“UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE UH OH HOW UNFORTUNATE I WILL GET BAD DREAMS FOR LIFE DD”

“And how do you get rid of DD.”

I’ve received a bunch of YouTube comments about Dee Dee, including my absolute favorites:

“When you discover that DeeDee’s voice actor is tap dancing, it’s explained why DeeDee steps on us.” (on a video of me tap dancing)

“DeeDee (with the banjo): uh oh, how unfortunate.” (on a video of me playing banjo)

Plus lots of really sweet comments:

“congratulations for being an actor of fnaf 6 ultimate custom night”

“You did a great voice for DD in fnaf ultimate😄”

“hey heard ur now voicing characters from fnaf 6 awesome”

“Love you’re voice work on Fnaf!”

“I heard your the voice actor of dee dee from ucn”

“İ Like DeeDeeDee :D”

“Nice voice!! You Did really Good!!”

“hello! i loved you in this game”

“Absolutely love your dee dee voice haha! its equally charming and adorable but a little terrifying. I was looking around to see if you had a twitter but i guess maybe not? either way fantastic job and i hope we get to hear you in more fun and spooky games!”

“Came from fnaf.Great job!The tune is stuck in my head.Also love your tapdancing.❤ Uh oh how unfortunate,Uh oh how unfortunate,I’m gonna do a sneaky thing and put a new contender in the ring!☺”

And there are TONS more!

THANK YOU to everyone who posted other amazing reviews like these, and for sending me some of the funniest messages I’ve ever received!

Haven’t played Five Nights at Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night yet? Get it now on Steam!


Image: Scott Games

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Big News!

I got an awesome email from Audible today… and guess what? They’ve awarded me the honor of AUDIBLE APPROVED PRODUCER! Yep, I’ve been given the official checkmark.

What does that mean? I’ll let Audible tell you in their words…

Audible Approved Producers are the best audiobook producers in the business. Most have narrated and/or produced 25 audiobooks that are available on Audible.com and have a verifiable record of achievement in the audiobook industry. These producers are identifiable on the ACX website by a special icon in their narrator profiles.

Pretty cool!

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My Interview with Who Chains You, Publisher of “The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail”

Who Chains You, publisher of the adorable tale I recently recorded, The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail (by Sandra Biersdorfer), interviewed me for their website here.

You’ll learn more about Who Chains You, me, and The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail, and as a delightful bonus you’ll see a photo of my cat. (Come on… click over… I know you want to.)

The mission of Who Chains You is a noble one: amplifying the voices of animals through the empowerment of animal lovers, activists, and rescuers by publishing books that protect and elevate the status of animals in today’s society.

I’m not only thrilled to have narrated the book, but as an animal lover and rescuer myself, am honored to be a new part of the Who Chains You community.

Here’s a special prize just for you: A preview of The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail audiobook. Enjoy!

 

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FAIRY, FAERY, OR FAERIE?

I’m working on yet another fairy voice project. It seems fae-folk are my forte lately. Totally cool, but I do have one puzzling question:

Is it FAIRY… FAERY… or FAERIE?

I found some information online. Some people say that “fairies” are totally different creatures from “faery/faeries.” Others say “faery/faerie” is the Middle-English/Old-French spelling, and that today’s spelling is “fairy.”

What spelling do you think is correct and why?


Image Source: Spirit of the Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw

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IN DEFENSE OF DAYDREAMING

Why does daydreaming get such a bad rap?

You’re daydreaming, developing a simple method for time travel and solving all the mysteries of the world. Then all of a sudden, people start calling you names like “space cadet” and “slacker,” and saying daydreaming is a total waste of time.

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora
I don’t understand why these people think that, so I’m writing this post today in defense of daydreaming. It’s NOT a waste of time. I think it’s a brilliant use of time.

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.”
Larry Niven
When you’re daydreaming, your brain stops focusing on what you’re doing. Your mind wanders. It gives your brain a chance to throw ideas at you to see what sticks. Maybe it’s ideas for resolving a problem you’re having in life… or ideas for an awesome story.

“A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.”
W.H. Auden
Most of my best ideas have come from daydreaming, but it isn’t just for people seeking inspiration. It’s for everyone!

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”
Neil Gaiman
So my advice is to ignore that “space cadet” and “slacker” name-calling and get to daydreaming!

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
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