Love listening to books?
Audio book lovers will have the chance to hear something that we could easily call the “write” stuff.
In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated Writer’s Cut audio book edition in which New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry has written and recorded behind-the-scenes commentary filled with insights into the fascinating and little-known historical facts that fuel his novel.
Witness Berry’s The Patriot Threat: The Writer’s Cut (Macmillian Audio, $39.99).
A confrontational meeting between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon leaves behind a web of clues, which resurface in the present day, in the new thriller from Steve Berry. Critically-acclaimed, award-winning narrator Scott Brick returns as the voice of dauntless protagonist Cotton Malone.
Malone is called to find a writer who came across Mellon’s clues and used them to make a strong case that the Federal income tax may be illegal. When the book and its author become pawns in a deposed North Korean leader’s plan to return to glory, Malone and his organization, the Magellan Billet, race to Europe to stop the dangerous scheme and find out where the evidence from FDR and Mellon is hidden.
Here’s where the audio book’s “bonus” enters the meld of little-known historical fact with pulse-pounding fiction. In the special 11-CD Writer’s Cut edition, Berry provides behind-the-scenes commentary that enlivens key scenes with insights into his research, his writing process and hero Cotton Malone’s backstory. Each Writer’s Cut commentary is its own track, so listeners can enjoy them as they experience the story for the first time or return to them after completing this propulsive novel. The idea for the Writer’s Cut was born on a car trip. As Berry recalls:
“A while back I took a road trip with some friends who wanted to listen to one of my books as we drove along. For a writer, listening to your own work is not necessarily the best of things. After all, you know every word, literally, by heart. So in effort to keep my attention focused, at the end of some of the chapters I stopped the CD and told my friends interesting tidbits and behind-the-scenes details about the chapter we’d just heard. Things only I would know. The idea is to have me just over your shoulder, whispering in your ear from time to time.”
Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with 19,000,000 copies in 51 countries. He was born and raised in Georgia, and was a trial lawyer for 30 years, holding elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
In addition to his 14 lauded novels and four e-books, Berry and his wife are the co-founders of History Matters, a non-profit organization that raises money for the preservation and conservation of historic sites. To date, they have raised more than $800,000 for such organizations as the James Thurber House, the Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore and the Historic Kansas City Foundation.
More good “write” moves.
Scott lays down a solid Brick foundation: He is an AudioFile magazine “Golden Voice” and is the award-winning narrator of more than 600 audiobooks, including novels by Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, Clive Cussler, Brad Meltzer, Harlan Coben, Frank Herbert and Dennis Lehane.
Oh! if only my voce was a threat!