If you’re looking to bring your books to life through the spoken word, look no further than Raven Audio Books. John Mahoney, the company’s founder, has a stable of voice actors and actresses who are second to none, Raven Audio Books prices are competitive but more importantly, John makes certain that everyone involved with Raven is committed to excellence. He’s not satisfied until you’re satisfied. This company goes above and beyond the call of duty, something so difficult to find in any company today!
Deborah LeBlanc, author
If you’re an author, I’m sure you’re quite aware of the vast number of changes that have occurred in the publishing industry over the last few years. Many authors, be they first-timers or well-seasoned and successful have chosen to take their publishing careers into their own hands. One of the main reasons authors are choosing this direction is profit. If you’re comfortable with marketing you can make so much more money by creating your own professional e-books and using print on demand than you can going the traditional publishing route. So many writers have spent years groveling at the feet of agents and editors, hoping to have the opportunity to get their books out into the world. Thanks to technology and an ever changing demo-graphical habit there’s no longer any need to grovel. You can take charge of your publishing career and make it happen. Part of your writing career choices should include audio books, as well, because you want to offer your readers your work in every available format.
It was with that thought in mind that I chose to have my entire backlist done in MP3 format and have that format available in Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. I spent quite a bit of time investigating many production companies because if I was going to do this, I wanted a high-quality, professional product.
It was during my investigation that I discovered Raven Audio Books and its producer/owner, John Mahoney. After listening to some of the sample readings from the voice actors/actresses on Raven’s website then speaking to John over the phone, I decided to give them a try. It was one of the best business decisions I’ve made throughout my career. Everyone at Raven Audio Books is dedicated to excellence. You get a professional product at a competitive price and work with honest people who work hard to make certain they exceed your expectations. So if you’re considering transforming your written work into the spoken word, and you should, I highly recommend Raven Audio Books. In my opinion, you won’t find anyone better! Deborah LeBlanc, author
John Mahoney produces excellent audio books. He has a fine selection of actors/readers who will do your book justice. In addition, he is a delight to work with....professional is every way. He produced an audio of my book, "How the (Bleep) Did I Get This Old, " and I love it. Laverne H Bardy, Author, Syndicated Columnist and Huffington Post Blogger
Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite.
Parents for Sale by Dr. Nicole Audet is a short audiobook that plays along with the children's book of the same name. It starts out with a section about Pistachio called Dog for Sale where the parents tell their children, Luke and Lucy, that they are too tired to keep their dog anymore and they are going to have to sell Pistachio. The children plead with their parents to let them keep their pet, but their parents are adamant in their decision. Luke and Lucy decide that it is a better idea to replace the sign with a 'Parents For Sale' sign and sell them instead because of how much they love Pistachio. This, of course, ends up teaching the children a lesson by the end of the story.
The audiobook itself is amazing, and there is a lot of music and other elements in it (dog's breathing, barking, etc.) that really bring the story to life. It tells you when to turn pages in the storybook, so it is an excellent companion to the book itself for children to read and listen to at the same time. It has full voice acting across the entire family with different voices for each one of the characters, and feels like it has a very high production value. The music matches perfectly to the story, and it quickly draws the reader into the world. Parents for Sale by Dr. Nicole Audet is the perfect companion to the actual book and is a real winner in the audiobook category for families that love entertaining stories. The pictures are fantastic and the story itself is unique and clever. Well done!
When I first decided to turn my book into audio, my best friend insisted I talk with John Mahoney. This turned out to be the best advice I’ve ever received. John did an excellent job with every single aspect of the audio process and the lady he chose to read was perfect and a total delight. Thank you, John! Heads up – my next book is in the works and will be coming your way. Author K-lee Starland, Ph.D. The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza
John Mahoney from Raven Audio Books guided me through a process that turned my novel, Paper Children--An Immigrant's Legacy into a fascinating audio that has captured readers. He and his team were professional as well as fun. He had great suggestions that enhanced the listening experience and paced the book so a listener had to go on! Marcia Fine, award-winning author
This has been such a fun project for me. I am astounded and very grateful for all the creativity you, (your professional voice talent) Sule Greg Wilson and Norma Jean Strickland have brought to this audio book. You've given it a depth that the written words could never convey. Thank you. Dr. Janet Smith Warfield, Author of Shift: Change Your Words, Change Your World, Amazon Best Seller, www.wordsculptures.com
“John is an expert at recording the spoken work, no one does it better. His experience and knowledge brings out the very best in the audio production. I would not consider anyone else for my own personal recordings.”
Jerry D. Simmons—
INDI Publishing Group, LLC
My three recording projects with John Mahoney of RavenPheat Productions have exceeded all expectations. John has patiently guided me through every step of the recording process to set me at ease. His skillful editing of my voice and original background music have ensured that my CD’s have a rich, vibrant quality. All of this for prices which are fair and reasonable. I recommend RavenPheat to everyone and will call on John for all my future recording projects. …. Rev. Cay Randall-May, Ph.D. author of “Healing and the Creative Response, Four Key Steps Shared by Healers and Artists” (Brooks Goldmann Publ., 2010).
"We found John Mahoney's audio services to be both professional and timely. He is gifted with a good ear for sound quality. Just as important, He did what he said he would do, for the exact price he quoted. He was courteous, patient, and ethical in our dealings from start to finish." Sable Creek Press
I have a unique vantage point to see and experience John’s work. I completed half of my audio book project before my darling husband, Mark, passed away. John waited patiently until I could finish the book. It turned out truly amazing. Because John is creative, professional and cares about “quality” (that hard to define something that rises above the ordinary), he added some sound and music behind some of my spoken words. The consistent response I’ve gotten from people to my audio book is…WOW! AMAZING! John’s ear for detail and willingness to get every sound “right” creates a professional result you can be proud of. Even more, John understands and appreciates the heart and soul necessary to produce excellent products worthy of circulating around the globe, helping, informing and entertaining people. You can’t go wrong working with John.
Karen Lamark Wilson, Author-Heart of Courage: Healing words for everywoman
“John lives his beliefs in providing the best service possible and it is reflected in the incredible work he does. I met John as the Owner/Producer at Raven Audio Books, Recording Studio in a group on linkedin. We engaged in a discussion and he contacted me via e-mail with the information I was looking for. He was patient and considerate for almost a year until I was ready to record my book. He directed me to another linkedin connection for production of my book and the result is a masterpiece in audio. Anyone needing to have audio produced in music or reading PLEASE feel free to contact me as I would be happy to talk with you about my wonderful experience with John Mahoney at Raven Audio Books.”
Carra Riley, Author
Working with John and Raven Audio Books, was a easy, fun, and cooperative experience which resulted in an audio book of which I am immensely proud. the quality of the recording, the care for details, and the respect he showed to the person doing the narration for me as well as the sound of the final product was deeply appreciated. Especially as I live in Denver, and could in no way make this a hands on experience.
I can't recommend Raven Audio Books more highly.
Eleanor Alden, LCSW, BCD
Eleanor S. Alden, PC
I had the most wonderful collaborative experience while working with John and Raven Audio Books. This was my first experience with recording and John easily calmed my nerves with his easy-going, yet professional manner and we were able to create an outstanding audio poem book, Of Roots, Shoes and Rhymes. He was accessible, easy to talk and work with and so knowledgeable. He knew exactly the type of music or sound background that was needed for each poem and truly made this project unique and beautiful. I would highly recommend John and feel so fortunate to have his talents so close here in Glendale, Arizona!
C.L. Gillmore, author
I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of this project. You have an amazing dynamic sense of sound that has made a great project - brilliant! I love the way you pan certain sound effects to go from the left speaker to the right. Only a true aficionado would appreciate the nuance of this experience.
Thank-you, thank-you for being such a sound editing talent - one that was perfect for my project and funny bone.
With great appreciation,
Jan Katzen, author-Humdrum Hannah, childrens book
John Mahoney is an amazing man with an amazing zeal to inspire and produce great work~!
Dr. Howard Glasser, Author - Transforming the Difficult Child - The Nurtured Heart Approach, Executive Director-The Children's Success Foundation
It was a thrill to listen to the audio version of my book, A Woman’s Guide to Thriving after Prostate Cancer. The words of my book came alive with John’s guidance and knowledge of recording. The music he created to separate chapters and sections blended into the book perfectly. His use of technology to communicate the progress of my audio recording made it easy for me communicate with him and review the work we did together. John and Raven Audio Books are the best!
Cindie Hubiak, Author, A Woman’s Guide to Thriving after Prostate Cancer
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT! Completely entertaining and engaging. The actors were outstanding! Wow! They really brought the words to life! I would love to buy this an audio book. I would be proud to have you also produce my other two books.
Shalimar Ali, Author of The Vampire Dancer Saga
Words can't express how pleased I was to listen to my new audio book produced by Raven Audio Books. It was everything I imagined and MORE. John Mahoney is not only a professional at what he does, his customer service is top notch too. And his voice actor was perfect. They explored all of the emotions that were needed for my book-- I am without a doubt very grateful for their amazing work. If you are looking for a producer who will go above and beyond, search no further. You will be very pleased with Raven Audio Books. They have my business for life. Thank you, John, for my very beautiful audio book! Lyn Ragan, Author