Team WD just found out that Christian Coulson, the actor who played Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter movies, is doing the audio for The White Devil. Allow me a moment to dissolve into Harry Potter fan-dom.
I “read” all the Harry Potters… on audio book. Jim Dale’s BRILLIANT readings made a great series even greater, to me. Just a few months ago I finished the whole series, listening to it on iPod, staying up much, much later than I should have in hotel rooms on business trips, unable to turn off the Deathly Hallows. So to have the six-degrees of Harry Potter audio linking Jim Dale-JK Rowling-Tom Riddle-Christian Coulson…moi… is cool.
I’ve been an audio book nut since young childhood, when a family friend bought my sister and me an 8-LP set of The Hobbit, read by Nicol Williamson, better known as Merlin. He was brilliant. What’s amazing is how English actors deploy all the dialects of the UK to fill out a world of characters. I can still do a pretty decent Northern English accent after listening to Nicol Williamson’s “ayup” dwarves for hours and hours. My sister and I repeated that LP set endlessly. So much so, we actually found some errors in the abridgement.
I’m looking forward to Mr. Coulson’s take on the accents in my book. There’s not a lot of variety, compared to Middle Earth, or Hogwarts; but I hope he”gets” Andrew’s defensive American drawl; Persephone’s semi-nasal machine-gun patter; Fawkes’s brainy sarcasm; and Dr. Kahn’s Shakespearean bellow. Scrambling to get my hands on a recording. Will report.