British Satirical Humour From Oscar Sparrow – ‘THE COVER UP’

coverupAvailable in print, ebook and hardback and now also in audio book!

An hilarious adult novella from the talented Oscar Sparrow.

Discover modern British satire at its best.

When a celebrity ferret goes missing in London, even the Prime Minister gets involved as the nation’s distraught toddlers and their parents demand action.  A tender love story, an unfair satire, an exposé of the media-cult whirl in which we live, where news, fake news, and spin are the currencies of coercion.

Here’s a sample from Oscar’s narration, taken from the audio book…

Check out the Amazon page where you can read more and purchase this outrageous story in print, digital, hardback and audiobook editions (narrated by the author himself!).

 

Brand new #poetry #audiobook – get it #free with Audible 30 day trial

FreezeFrameAudioMP3Well it’s finally here – the FREEZE FRAME international poetry anthology has been re-mastered and is now on sale on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The brainchild of the poet Oscar Sparrow, he invited 5 other poets from around the world to write a collection of poems that would ‘freeze the frame’ on our bustling lives.  In addition to their written words, each poet recorded a performance of each poem.  To complete the project, a talented young pianist composed a theme for the anthology with individual motifs for each poet.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear works read aloud by these poets, in their own inimitable styles that really bring the poetry to life.

If you would like to get this audio book for FREE here are two suggestions ( you could do both of course!):

1. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial membership on Audible and get FREEZE FRAME for FREE too. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

2. Get a FREE copy to download from Amazon.  We have a number of ‘review copies’ to give away – we are doing this via a draw, to make it fair.  The first draw will take place at the end of September.  Click here to enter:    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright and Jefferson Hansen on a great audio project.

Find the audio, print and kindle versions here too:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

How far does your #audiobook #narrator go for authenticity?

Oscar Sparrow has recently recorded an audiobook for the great British journalist of cycling – Les Woodland.  It’s called Tour de France: The Inside Story and is a 9-hour feast for anyone who loves cycle racing, bikes, France and wants to know the history and background to the world’s greatest cycle race – and some would argue the world’s toughest athletic competition.

He’s also produced this video to explain to Les’s fans just how he went about researching and preparing for the narration of this audiobook.

The audiobook lasts just over nine hours and is available on Amazon USAAmazon UKAudible and iTunes.

There is currently an offer to get the book free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership on Audible, saving $19.95 (£12.50)!

You can also win a copy of the brand new audiobook here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Smiles all round at Gallo-Romano Media

We received a lovely email today from the author of “101 Tips on How To Be A Bouncer” – Mr Darren Lee.  He has now received his finished audiobook – narrated by our very own Oscar Sparrow and seems very pleased with the result.

Not being shy about blowing our own trumpet… we our proud to share his testimonial with you:

 101 How To be a Bouncer audiobook cover (1)“When I first decided to seek auditions for my book, 101 Tips on How to Be a Bouncer: Techniques to Handle Situations Without Violence, into an audiobook I really had no idea what to expect. I knew I wanted a British accent which was refined, yet had a bit of an edge. Some of the auditions missed the point completely and others sounded like they had been recorded in a garbage can outside a nightclub. I had just about given up entirely when along came Oscar Sparrow of Gallo-Romano Media with a short audition piece that seemed to perfectly duplicate what I wanted, plus adding a certain quality to his product which only comes from years of experience and dedication. In short, to say I am happy with the audiobook is an understatement. For Oscar, his work isn’t just a churn and burn to make a quick buck. He is VERY good at what he does, it certainly shows in his work and I would have no hesitation recommending him to prospective audiobook producers in the future!”

Thanks Darren! Needless to say… we are all walking round with big grins on our faces.

Listen to 101 Tips…

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Great news, the audiobook for Darren Lee’s 101 TIPS ON HOW TO BE A BOUNCER is now finished and is available FREE with every Kindle copy purchased.

You can find the book and audiobook here

It  lasts around two and a half hours and was recorded by Oscar Sparrow, in his firm but friendly South-London accent.

 

You can find out what Oscar thinks about the book and also hear an audio sample on Emma Calin’s blog where he is doing a guest post today. 

Oscar sqareWe wish Darren every success with his new book!

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Freeze Frame

We were all excited when the proof copy of FREEZE FRAME landed on the doormat four days earlier than anticipated.  We love digital media but there is nothing like holding the real thing in your hand and flicking through those pristine pages.

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It’s almost there – a couple of changes and we’re good to go.

We’ve also formatted the e-book for Smashwords, so in a couple of weeks from now FREEZE FRAME will be available for just about every e-reading device known to man e.g. Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple, iPad, Android, Sony, EPUB etc etc. as well in traditional tactile format.

Both the e-book and print book include the free link to the audio recordings of FREEZE FRAME – a one hour poetry fest where each poet performs their poems – a real treat!

Find the book currently on Amazon HERE

Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology – Music Reveal

Isabelle Fuller

Thank you for the music

As the date for the launch of the Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology approaches (Friday 21st Dec!), Oscar Sparrow interviews the composer of the original music used on the audio album….

One of the huge number of things about which I know nothing is music. My mother was a singer who could not believe her genes carried the recessive potential for a tone deaf croaking sparrow. After all, she had specifically ordered a nightingale.

Fortunately, I am surrounded by talent. One of the requirements for the music track was that it contained a variety of themes with changes of pace and melody. It is surprisingly difficult to commission original work.  I approached Izzy, who composed and played the theme for “I Threw A Stone” and she agreed to give it a try. We had a long session of reading the poems and she took them away to get a feel for the individual poets. Although the music track is a continuous piece in its own right, the mandate was to create moods and reflections complimentary to the audio tracks. Obviously the music speaks for itself but I had a chat with her shortly before its goes live.

You have worked on a couple of projects for us before. How did this job feel?

It was a huge leap of difficulty. I wrote and played the flute track on “Where is God” by Jo VonBargen the fabulous American poet. (You just have to hear her read her work – it’s a thrill it really is, She opened me up to poetry power). I did the same with the piano theme for Oscar’s book but Freeze Frame was something much more complex. I spent a lot of time thinking about the different themes. Because I had access to the audio tracks I could feel my way into the atmosphere of what I wanted to do.

I was out shopping and saw you on a poster as a star flautist at a concert. Which is your preferred instrument? 

The piano allows me to compose and I can just play without accompaniment. I get more chances to perform with the flute. The piano is more versatile and has a ready depth that you need for composition.

I have no idea what it feels like to compose music. Can you tell me?

It’s a great feeling to get the idea out of my heart and into my fingers. It doesn’t really feel like an idea in my head – thoughts are more like words somehow. Music is something fluid you tap into. It’s not like thinking at all, its like skating or dancing – it happens inside you and you express it without knowing how or where its going exactly. You need technical information about harmonies and such like but it is a marvellous sense of freedom.

In this case did you have a starting point?

Only the tradition of everything that anyone has ever composed. There’s a lot of music written around individuals, physical themes and other art forms. Any composer feels humbled by it. There are pieces like Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, The Planets, the whole book of ballet music and pieces like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that I saw in Disney’s Fantasia 2000 when I was a very little girl. I think it changed me! I know composers are supposed to be highbrow but my first awareness of music was from Barbie cartoon movies which featured classical ballet.  You never feel you can do anything like that but it’s still in me  to do what I can. I just have to.

What’s next?

I’ve enjoyed working to a theme and I have an idea beginning along those lines. I can’t really express it yet. I’ve sent the project down into my heart to warm up and get some feeling. It’s like……. waiting for springtime now….

Favourite film and favourite song?

You’re going to laugh at me. My film would be “The Page Turner” which is about a psychotic sadistic pianist. I’m afraid my favourite song  is “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. I know its far older than me but that guitar riff takes me somewhere sublime. I think they’re for old rocker guys. Do you think I’m normal?

I’m actually more worried about the psychotic pianist. Gallo-Romano don’t pay much!

It’s always a pleasure to work with Izzy because she does the work. That’s the way I like it.

So- here it is, the music that will buffer between the poets. It will play in its entirety at the end of the book. As an update I can say that we are on target for the e book with audio launch on 21st December. The “real” paper book will follow in the New Year.

Guys – it’s good.

In case you missed it here is the soundcloud music link.