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11 February 2016

In the Studio with Holter Graham

Macmillan Audio Producer, Bob, discusses recording John Wray’s The Lost Time Accidents audiobook with narrator Holter Graham.

Lost Time AccidentsThe Lost Time Accidents by John Wray is a brainy and challenging book, and certain to be a very entertaining listen for anybody who, like Albert himself, agrees that:

“Since there exists in this four dimensional structure [space-time] no longer any sections which represent ‘now’ objectively, the concepts of happening and becoming are indeed not completely suspended, but yet complicated. It appears therefore more natural to think of physical reality as a four dimensional existence, instead of, as hitherto, the evolution of a three dimensional existence.” (Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, published in 1916 by Albert Einstein)

Ha, sounds good to me Al.

In truth, the first thought that popped into my head as I directed Holter Graham’s excellent recording of the audiobook was that this book could become a Wes Anderson comedy starring Jason Schwartzman (with Anderson’s usual cast of supporting actors rounding out the ensemble). Let’s face it, the concept of time—whether examined from a scientific, religious, and/or philosophical perspective—is a laughably complex subject.* I found it very reassuring, darn near comforting, that Wray seems to recognize this and manages to sprinkle The Lost Time Accidents with a pleasant dose of humor and quirkiness. One scene in particular—a scene involving drinking a shot of pheromones—stuck with me throughout the entire recording session.

Holter Graham is a master of his craft, truly one of the best narrators out there in the ever-expanding Voiceverse, and his abilities as a voice actor are perfectly suited for this book. He has the rare ability to hurdle words such as Znojmo, Äschenwald, and Mondscheingasse like Edwin Moses at the 1984 Olympics and gives each character a wonderfully unique voice by altering his tone, pitch and intensity. In other words, Holter’s virtuosic narration is smooth, seemingly effortless at times, and adorns The Lost Time Accidents with a nuanced and accessible existence as an audiobook. And you needn’t be a theoretical physicist to enjoy it.

*Disclaimer: the only thing I remember from my Physics classes at the University of Washington is Newton’s 2nd Law: F=ma (which I’m pretty sure stands for Food = Mouth times Appetite).

Listen to an excerpt of John Wray’s The Lost Time Accidents, read by Holter Graham:

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