JIAM Narrator Spotlight: David Stifel

Posted June 30, 2018 by Jen in JIAM Tags:

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June Is Audiobook Month

Each June, audiophiles from around the country celebrate all things audiobook. Since we love to listen and review audiobooks here at That’s What I’m Talking About, we are participating in our own Audiobook celebration. 

What would an audiobook be without a narrator? As part of Audiobook Month, we are spotlighting various narrators so you can learn a bit more about who they are and what they do.

Narrator Spotlights!

Today we shine the spotlight on:

David Stifel

Tell us how long have you been narrating books?

6+ years.

What genres do you cover? Do you have a favorite?

Horror, fantasy, Lit RPG, history, memoir.

Do you do any other voice work or acting?

Yes, currently appearing on stage in LA at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in The Crucible.

What is your favorite job to date?

The current one.

How do prepare for a job? Does the preparation depend on the genre or type of book?

Read in advance, note all speaking characters with notes on what author says about them, especially what they sound like.

If you could narrate any book or work with any author past or present, what would you choose? Why?

Already did that – independently. I’ve narrated and produced all of the PD novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m very keen on the ongoing Lit RPG series Awaken Online. I love the genre especially because I worked 14 years in the early video games industry as a programmer.

About the Narrator:

David’s growing catalog of audiobooks is strong on thrillers, horror, sci-fi and mysteries. His rich baritone voice also lends itself very well to non-fiction memoirs and history – popular and academic. His classical acting training at the Yale School of Drama makes him very strong with heightened literary language. Pegged as a “character actor” from youth, his facility with numerous characters is frequently praised by reviewers and listeners.

After graduation with an MFA degree in Acting, he found himself in the usual array of interesting day jobs such as casino porter at Lake Tahoe, ESL teacher in Iran and Egypt, and video games programmer in the Atari / Intellivision era. In parallel, he worked in film and TV for such directors as Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, and Joel Schumacher.

His audiobook credits include work for such producers and publishers as Harper Audio, Macmillan, Deyan Audio, Audible Studios, BeeAudio, Punch Audio, Spoken Realms, JournalStone, Crossroad Press, University Press, and ACX.

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