On Saturday, May 11, local author Frank Zafiro announced on Facebook and Twitter that he has two new audiobooks available from Amazon, Audible.com and iTunes.
Both audiobooks are set in River City, an alternate version of Spokane where Russian mobsters, a disgraced Italian crime boss and other colorful characters make life more complicated for the local police officers. Crime fiction lovers can now listen to adaptations of Zafiro’s short story anthology “Dead Even” and his Stefan Kopriva mystery “Lovely, Dark and Deep.”
Zafiro gave his readers all the details about the new audiobooks on his blog.
According to Zafiro, “The first is ‘Dead Even’, a River City short story collection. It contains detectives and mobsters, missing mummies and a shootout with Gypsies – 15 stories featuring characters from the River City novels, each given their own chance to shine.
“… The audio book version, narrated by Sharon Bond, is now available at Audible.com, Amazon, or iTunes.
“I chose a female narrator because the first three stories are Katie MacLeod’s, and she has never been narrated by a female. I chose Sharon because she had a knack for the genre, and she proved to take a very exacting approach to her work. Details matter to her. In addition to capturing Katie MacLeod, she did a splendid job finding the voices for all of the male voices throughout this collection, too. Her take on the final story, the title track, was particularly strong.”
Zafiro is also very pleased with the adaptation of “Lovely, Dark and Deep.” The noir-flavored novel describes former police officer Stefan Kopriva’s efforts to solve the murder of a city councilman. The case reveals many dark secrets and causes Kopriva to run afoul of people on both sides of the law.
According to Zafiro, “The other book available this week is ‘Lovely, Dark, and Deep’, the sequel to ‘Waist Deep’. Both feature Stefan Kopriva, and both are narrated by John Hourigan. The new release is available at Audible.com, Amazon, or iTunes.
“… The nice part about a sequel being narrated by the same person as the first book is that you get some continuity of character. I found this with Michael Bowen, who narrated the River City series from Books in Motion. I think readers like that sense of familiarity (I know I do).
“John grabs onto the gritty underside of River City with his narrative style, and really has me believing he ‘is’ Stefan Kopriva…or Rolo…or Dominic Bracco…well, you get the idea.”
Crime fiction lovers in the Spokane area who also enjoy audiobooks may want to consider buying the books from Audible.com. New members can take advantage of a 30-day free trial offer to get both of the new audiobooks for free. Then, if they choose to keep the membership, they can get other Frank Zafiro audiobooks such as “The Last Horseman” and “Waist Deep” for only $7.49 during the next three months after the trial period ends.