Look, Ma — No Noise Floor!

My new soundproof booth has passed all road tests with flying colors!  I’ve narrated one book in there so far with beautiful results, and I love having both my commercial and my audiobook mics set up so that I can switch back and forth during the day as needed.

My DH (who built it evenings over the course of a year) tried to DIY most of it, but we did splurge on Auralex and haven’t regretted it — it is so dead, and I mean that in the best way —  perfect for audiobooks, especially.   I go in there and don’t emerge for hours, which is why we call it Heather’s Playhouse:


One of the most interesting nonfiction books I’ve recorded recently is Leslie Kean’s UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record.

 Nut-job stuff, right?  Not at all.  Kean is a well-published investigative journalist who almost unwillingly got drawn into a fascination with this subject after a French colleague sent her a confidential French government report. 

 There’s nary a conspiracy theory or flying saucer in the whole book.  Instead, it consists of testimonials by commercial airline pilots, four-star generals, fighter pilots, and government officials (like, a former White House chief of staff, a NASA senior research scientist, and the former Deputy Chief of the Belgian Air Force) about their encounters with UFOs.  

 My husband is skeptical about everything – and he’s part Norwegian, which means he’s stubbornly skeptical.  But it’s even made him reconsider his opinions.