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David Shaw-Parker scoops audio work award

Winterson’s actor David Shaw-Parker has received an exclusive AudioFile Earphones Award for his work on Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds. David provides the reading for the new audiobook version of the nineteenth century classic, which forms part of the Palliser novels. The awards are given out to truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.

“The fast growing popularity of audiobooks is truly inspiring and helps to ensure that great literary classics won’t be consigned to history,” said David. “When do we get time to read a 700 page Victorian novel in these days? But audio books leave us free to multi-task. Anthony Trollope’s stories in particular offer vast landscapes, peopled with so many characters. The Palliser and Barchester novels in particular can really spring to life in this format, and armed with only your ears, imagination and a set of headphones, you can be transported into their world entirely at your own convenience.”

Each audiobook takes about four weeks to prepare. This process includes re-formatting text, so that it’s easy on the eye when you get to the studio. Voiceover artists colour code certain characters and cross-reference voices, so that when the same characters re-appear in different books there is atmospheric consistency.

“Like all work, it’s never hard if you enjoy it. And speaking personally, I’m able to acquaint myself in some detail with literature that I could never have even contemplated at A level! Ultimately, us actors keep on refining and perfecting the art of storytelling – that’s our duty both to the spectator and also, in the case of Audiobooks, the listener.”

You can find out more about Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds, read by David Shaw-Parker, here.