Trained as an actor in the USA and with a number of film and TV credits to his name, Jeff Harding has been recording audio-books since he first moved to the UK. Having started small by recording for the charity Talking Books (now Listening Books), he became a full time narrator five years ago – and he loves it! He has recorded Clive Cussler’s Robert Ludlum titles, a slew of Lee Child thrillers including his best-selling, and most-borrowed, Jack Reacher series, and the darkly humorous novels of Carl Hiassen and Lemony Snicket. Most recently, he has just recorded Homer’s The Illiad - 853 pages in verse! Preparing to read any book is a challenge to be taken seriously. Jeff’s preparation for each title is meticulous, “I read it very slowly moving my lips but not saying it out loud. I mark-up difficulties and I look up how to pronounce names. I make a character list so that I know exactly who is who – that helps to get the conversation right!’ But, preparation aside, Jeff’s biggest tip is “keep it lively”.
It was Jeff’s audio-book publisher Isis who put him onto registering the titles for PLR and provided him with most of the ISBNs. “I knew the audio-books were sold into libraries but we get very little feedback. I certainly didn’t know how often they were going out."