You know the feeling of hearing the voice of someone you love? For me, it’s a wonderful, intimate, comforting warmth, a fondness and appreciation for the person who sounds so much like themselves. That’s what is so powerful about the love affair between audiobook listeners and the actors who tell the stories — the listener is in relationship with the voice in their ear, and there is a powerful connection forged between the two.
Well, this wonderful interview by Adam Boretz, writer of the Listen Up audiobook blog for Publisher’s Weekly, gave me just that feeling, because for a half an hour I got to hear the voice of one of my favorite people — the one and only Johnny Heller. Johnny is a dear friend, and for the past few years I’ve been enamored with him, with his humor, wisdom, playfulness, pragmatism, irreverence, and particularly his adoration for his much lovelier half, Jo Anna Perrin. The conversation was entertaining, informative, educational, and very pleasant dinner companionship last night after I got out of the studio.
Thanks to both these gents for kicking off this excellent interview series with something special!