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Stephen Hoye

Stephen Hoye

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2011 Best Voice in BIOGRAPHY & HISTORY: In the Garden of Beasts

His language skills shine with the demands of this history title NEEDLE IN THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. Appreciate Stephen's range with his additional successes in James Ellroy's THE BLACK DAHLIA and Michael Lewis's THE BLIND SIDE .--[2007 Narrator Yearbook]

Stephen Hoye is new to the game of audio-books but has been on our narrator radar from the start. After a chance encounter three years ago with producer John Runette—in an elevator in Pasadena, CA—Steve auditioned for Runette, and the resulting audio, RICH DAD, POOR DAD went straight to an Audie Award in 2001. Born and bred in New England, Steve pursued theater in Britain for nearly 20 years and is a graduate of London's Guildhall and a veteran of London's West End. After moving to California in the 1990s, Steve took up a new career fundraising for nonprofits and became a commuter and consumer of audiobooks. With his audition for Runette, Steve was pulled back into the performance world and was immediately smitten by the unique demands and satisfactions of audiobook narration. "You get a really good journey in almost every book you do," he says. Since then Steve's readings—such as SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen, THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara, THE GREAT PSYCHEDELIC ARMADILLO PICNIC by Kinky Friedman, and Lance Armstrong's EVERY SECOND COUNTS —illustrate how he lives in the books he's recording. He jumps into the sassy-smart dialogue of Hiaasen, the literary gravitas of Shaara's Gettysburg epic, and the full-throttle energy of Armstrong's memoir with equal skill. Steve has already managed to record a wide variety of subjects and authors. We can't call this beginner's luck, as Steve's theater experience enabled him to quickly hone essential narrator skills. The luck is with his listeners.--[2004 Narrator Yearbook]

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