Finished 3rd set of Backstage University classes at DuArt Studios in Commercial VO and Audiobook Narration
Recorded Commercial VO for Baltimore Equitable at Buttons for Clean Cuts and Abrams Artists
Recorded Weaponized by Nicholaus Mennuti and David Guggenheim for Blackstone
Shot Video ‘The Standers” for Peter Gamin at CDM Studios
Recorded Extortion by Peter Schweitzer for NY Audio
Recorded Spoilers by Clive Barker for Jeffrey Kafer
Speech for Recorded Books in Greenville, SC
Teaching Audiobook Narration and Commercial VO at DuArt for Backstage University
Recorded Yellow Dog Contract by Ross Thomas for On Purpose Productions
Great Review of Lex Luger Bio: Wrestling With the Devil in Pub Weekly! http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-61045-721-7
Signed with ABRAMS ARTISTS AGENCY on Oct. 21, 2013!
COMING SOON TO THIS SITE & ABBREVIATEDAUDIO.COM ! A Mickey Rawlins baseball mystery short story by Troy Soos!
Nice review from RBOn the Road for Marley And Me http://rbontheroad.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/marley-me-john-grogan/
Commercial VO Workshop at Oakton Community College in Chicago
NEW WEBSITE (THIS ONE!)
Narrated MASH! by Richard Hooker for Tantor Audio
Coaching at Edge Studio
Narrated The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance by Stuart Kaminsky for ON PURPOSE PRODUCTIONS
Narrated Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz for Recorded Books
Narrated Death Will Have Your Eyes by James Sallis for Blackstone/Downpour
Speech and Denver for Recorded Books
Coaching at Edge
BACKSTAGE UNIVERSITY CLASSES START – teaching Audiobook workshops and Commercial VO workshops
Audiobook Workshop at West Barron
Narrated You Are Not Forgotten by Bryan Bender for Highbridge and John Marshal Media
Narrated Opposite of Worry by Lawrence Cohen for Tantor Audio
AudiofileMagazine Lobster Fest and vacation to Maine and RI!
Narrated Nerds 5 by Michael Buckley for Recorded Books
Narrated Night Extra by William P McGivern for Blackstone/Downpour
Edge Studio coaching
Narrated Cat in An Alien XRay by Carole Nelson Douglas for Dreamscape
Coaching Students at Edge Studio
1ST ANNUAL NAUDIES!
Narrated Welles Bequest by Polly Shulman for Penguin Audio under the direction of John McElroy
Taught Audiobook workshop at Weist Barron
Narrated Wrestling with the Devil by Lex Luger for EChristian/Christian Audio
Narrated Warning Signs for Audible at Outloud Audio (Mark Kondraki)
Narrated Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner for Harper and Harmonic Wave/CommonMode
Speech in Scottsdale AZ for Recorded Books
Began Narration for Wear Your Dreams by Ed Hardy for Tantor
Narrated Back in the Fight with Jo Anna Perrin by Joseph Kapacziewski for MacMillan
Narrated Josephus Daniels by Lee Craig for Blackstone/Downpour
Narrated Platypus Police Squad by Jarrett Krosoczka for Harper Audio
Recorded Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer by Brian Sweany for Recorded Books.
Recorded Cold Streets by PNElrod for Deyan Audio and Audible.
Speech for Recorded Books in Columbus OH.
Recorded Back of the House by Scott Haas for Tantor Audio.
Taught an Audiobook workshop at Weist Barron
Recorded Dark Sleep for Deyan Audio.
Began work on Lady Crymsyn for Deyan Audio.
Accepted work to narrate In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz — a wonderful retelling of Jack and Jill and a sequel to A Tale Dark and Grimm — for Recorded Books
Named to narrate Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer by Brian Sweany for Recorded Books.
Taught a one-day audiobook seminar at Weist Barron Studios on Dec. 1.
Finished Santa in Oz by L. Frank Baum – (great review from Audiofile Magazine!)
Recorded The Cheapskate’s Guide to Retirement for Tantor Media.
Recorded Chill in the Blood.
Recorded Zen of Zombie for Tantor Media.
Spoke in Maryland 11/12 and 11/13 – Carroll County and Eldersburg Library
(visited Gettysburg and fell in love with Frederick Md!)
Began work on 10-book series by PN Elrod for Deyan Audio — a 1930′s vampire detective in Chicago!
Art in the Blood recording.
Fire in the Blood recording
Recorded Kiss Me Once by Thomas Gilroy for Deyan Audio.
Recorded James Madison for Blackstone Audio.
Taught a commercial VO class for students at Oakton College in Niles, IL
Speaking at Ohio Library Council Sept. 7 in Columbus, OH for Recorded Books
Still working on projects for MacMillan and Tantor
Sept 29 AudioBook Narration Workshop is on! 10-5 at Recorded Books in NYC. Email for details.
Narrated The Reason for Oasis Audio.
Narrating Zero Day and Trojan Horse for MacMillan
Narrating Buddy for Tantor
Finished recording The Breakthrough for EChristian (the 3rd book in the Boone Drake series).
Finished recording Rabid:A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
Finished Frozen Heat by Richard Castle (of ABC’s Castle TV series) — book 4 in the series for Harper/Hyperion.
Recording The Return of the Thin Man for Paul Ruben.
Recording John Quincy Adams for Blackstone.
Recording Nerds 4 for Recorded Books.
Recording Life Happens Next by Terry Trueman for Harper.
Teaching at Weist Barron and Edge Studios in commercial voice over and audiobook narration.
Tantor released my narration of Jesse Ventura’s Democrips and Rebloodlicans.
Tantor released Chris Christie…guess what it’s about!
Recording RABID for Blackstone Audio.
Got the word on the new Castle Book – Frozen Heat. I begin work July 9!
AUDIES UPDATE – I was up for two this year: A Tale Dark and Grimm (which I still think should’ve won) and Heat Rises. Oh well…can’t win em all and it really is great to be nominated. I did get to do a little MC work.
Recorded Jerry Spinelli’s 3rd Grade Angels for Scholastic. A charming book by a fine author!
Recorded A Dogs Life for Recorded Books.
Excellent Audio Book Workshop co-taught with Carol Monda at Recorded Books Studios. Sponsored by Voiceoverxtra.
Started recording Chris Christie for Tantor.
Started recording Democrips and Rebloodlicans by Jesse Ventura for Tantor.
Recorded Full Service by Scotty Bowers for Tantor. An eye-popping autobiographical book about the sexual exploits of some of Hollywood’s best known stars.
Recorded The Fallen – an espionage adventure by Mark Terry for ACX/Audible.
Recorded Crosscut – a Nicholas Colt thriller for Brilliance.
Audie Nominations came out! I was nominated for A Tale Dark and Grimm for Recorded Books and Heat Rises – a Richard Castle mystery from Hyperion. Two Nominations! Very exciting news.
Completed The Dictators Handbook for Tantor – a book that looks at political leadership in democracies and autocracies in a new way.
Finished The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents by Steven Haywood for Blackstone. A deeply insightful study of all of our Presidents – grading each one of them on their conservative policies.
Finished SHAM for Audible/ACX!
Finished Not My Bitch for Tantor. It’s an amusing series of short stories from celebrities about their dogs.
Named Best Voice of 2011 by Audiofile Magazine! Awards for M. Buckley’s M is for Mama’s Boy, D. Gutman’s Satch and Me and A. Gidwitz’ a Tale Dark and Grimm…..YOWZAH!
Finished Scream Catcher by Vincent Zandri for ACX and Stonehouse Ink.
Finished House of Lies by Martin Kihn for AudioGo.
Finished Zen of Zombie for Tantor Audio.
Starting SHAM: How the Self Help Movement Made American Helpless by Steve Salerno for ACX.
Slated for a new Horrible Harry for Recorded Books and a new Dan Gutman book – Ted Williams and Me also for Recorded Books.
Featured in Publishers Weekly Listen Up at http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/ListenUp/?p=1811
Also featured in an article at Audioforbooks.com at
Finished initial recording of Scream Catcher - my ACX title. Now for proofing and retakes.
Finished The Postmortal for Tantor.
Selected for Dan Gutman’s – Ted and Me about – you guessed it! Ted Williams. Another Joe Stoshak adventure for Recorded Books.
Posted my ACX blog at abbreviatedaudio.com …getting some positive feedback! http://www.abbreviatedaudio.com/?p=1089
Got an Earphone Award from AudiofileMagazine for M is For Mama’s Boy by M. Buckley. http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/dbsearch/showreview.cfm?Num=60845
Went to Rhode Island to record for AudioGo (BBC America). Narrated an amusing business book by Martin Kihn called House of Lies.
Started Drew Magary’s The Post Mortal for Tantor…a fantastic book that should become a classic.
Got my first ACX job for a Vincent Zandri book called Scream Catcher. It’s produced by Aaron Patterson of Stonehouse Audio in Boisie. An excellent book.
Completed Injustice by J Christian Adams for Blackstone. An insiders story critical of the Department of Justice under President Obama. Very interesting listen.
Recorded Nothing to Lose by Ryan Blair for Tantor Media. Blair is an internationally known billionarie entrepenuer and this book tells you how he did and how you can too!
A new one-day audiobook workshop is planned in NYC on Oct. 22nd. here’s the link: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs084/1102478472127/archive/1107720349900.html
Also my regular 6-week audio book course begins October 6th at Weist Barron Studios – 35 w 45 in NYC. Call the studio for information: 212-840-7025
On a personal note, I am recovering from surgery to reattach a ruptured bicep tendon and I am hurting! I’m still working but boy o boy, does this hurt!
Started recording Nerds 3 – Revenge of the Cheerleader by M. Buckley for Recorded Books. Excellent book – loads of fun!
Finsihed Heat Rising, the 3rd Castle mystery for Harper/Hyperion Audio. It’s the best yet!
Working on Betrayal for EChristian – it’s the sequel to the Brotherhood. Good book due later this summer.
Booked by Harper to narrate the 3rd book in the Castle TV series.
Starting a new Audiobook class on Thursdays at Weist Barron.
Booked to narrate The Secret Knowledge by David Mamet for Tantor.
Back from Chicago where I taught a commercial voice over workshop and an audiobook workshop for Sherri Berger of Voice Over U. Great fun!
Finished up with a fine group of students at Weist Barron. New classes start in July.
Completed work on Bucolic Plague and I am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell for Tantor.
Off to Ventura County June 15 for a library show at the Camarillo Public Library. It’s open to the public so google “camarillo public library” and come on down…or over….or up. Shows are 10am for kids and 7pm for adults.
Working on narrating two Josh Kilmer-Purcell books. Bucolic Plague about Josh and Brent (Green Planet TV’s Beekman Boys and how they started their successful upstate NY farm and Beekman 1802 enterprise – it’s a charming book.
I’m Not Myself These Days is a memoir from Josh about his days in NYC as a drag queen named Aqua. It’s a wee bit sordid but very funny. Both books are from Tantor.
Planning a trip to speak at the Camarillo Library in Camarillo CA June 15th. Two shows open to the public – a children’s program at 10am and an adult program at 7pm. Contact the library at camarillolibrary.org for more information.
Finished Jo Gar – Island Detective stories for the Black Mask Collection – coming soon from Highbridge.
Excellent April 9 class at Recorded Books sponsored by John Florian of voiceover extra.
New classes start this month at Weist Barron in NYC at 35 W 45! Call 212-840-7025.
Finished A Bad Night’s Sleep by M. Wiley for Blackstone. Get ready for the 3-book release soon!
Working on Jo Gar – Island Detective for Highbridge, Paul Ruben and John Marshall Sound. It’s a 30′s detective noir series of short stories.
Finished Ask Me Why I Hurt by Dr. Randy Christensen for Tantor. It’s all about the good doctor and Phoenix Childrens Hospital’s mobile medical unit caring for the abandoned children of Phoenix. Wonderful story.
New comedy blog at www.Abbreviatedaudio.com
Getting ready for my April 9 audio book narration workshop in NYC. email johnflorian@VoiceOverExtra.com for more information.
Also starting a new 6-week workshop at Weist Barron, 35 W 45 212-840-7025
Finished The Bad Kitty Lounge by Michael Wiley for Blackstone. Number 2 of 3 – they are really good books – have a listen!
Finishing Wild Bill Donovan for Tantor. An amazing American and the leader of WWII’s OSS – percursor to the CIA. Great story and lonnnnnggggg book!
Finished The Last Stiptease by Dave Wiley for Blackstone and ready to start The Bad Kitty Lounge – next in the series.
Grant Achatz Life, On Line from Tantor due out this week.
Completed Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater for Tantor!
Completed Roberto Clemente and Me by Dan Gutman for Recorded Books.
Received scripts for Chicago detective series by Micheal Wiley from Blackstone. This will be my first project for Blackstone and I’m very excited about it!
Looking forward to doing a funny book about angry parents for Dreamscape — more on that later.
Off to Fort Smith, ARK on Valentines Day (sorry Jo Anna!) to speak at the opening of the new library in Crawford County. Never been to the state before so I’m quite curious.
About to start recording (as soon as my cold goes away) an amazing book for Tantor about Chef Grant Achatz of Alinea fame. As a long time foodie, I’ve known about Chef Achatz for some time but I didn’t know he beat tongue cancer and still won the James Beard Award (sans a sense of taste!) His tale of becoming a top chef and of beating an insidious disease is magnificent. Do not miss this one!
Be sure to keep checking AbbreviatedAudio.com for my latest blog, Jo Anna Perrin audio reviews and – soon – an e store for audio!
Soon to start a Chicago detective series for Blackstone Audio! More details later.
Working on Roberto Clemente and Me by Dan Gutman for Recorded Books.
Retakes done on Rollback by Tom Woods for Tantor!
Off to Aberdeen MD to speak for Recorded Books on Jan. 19th.
I start teaching my audio book narration class at Weist Barron on thursday Jan. 20. If you’re in NYC and want to join, call 212-840-7025.
Just finished a new Horrible Harry book for Recorded Books.
Great podcast reveiw of The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir at Tor.com! Go here to find it:
New Class starting January 20th. I’ll be teaching audio book narration at Weist Barron on 45th street every Thursday for 6 weeks. Drop me a line or call the studio at 212-840-7025.
Look for American Freak Show on line and at Tantor later this week.
Finished recording The Brotherhood for Christian Audio.
Great review in AudioFile for Naked Heat:
Richard Castle, Read by Johnny Heller • Unabridged • DECEMBER 2010
Hyperion Audio • Trade Ed.
finishing recording of You:Raising Your Child for Recorded Books.
Planning commercial voice-over class for Oakton College near Chicago in December.
Planning course outline for AudioBook Narration Class at Wiest Barron in NYC – slated to start in January.
Awaiting retakes for A Tale Dark & Grimm and American Freak Show. 2 funny books!
Successful speech for Recorded Books in Tempe, AZ — great place to be!
Recording You: Raising Your Child by Dr. Oz for Recorded Books.
Recording Great American Freak Show by Willy Geist for Tantor – a very funny, albeit fictional, about our local political and celebrity legends. Watch for it!
Preparing to record A Tale Dark and Grimm for Recorded Books! A very funny and wonderfully told Hansel and Gretel tale by Adam Gidwitz.
Recording Horrible Harry Goes Cuckoo for Recorded Books.
Finished The Fat Man for Tantor — look for it – it’s very funny.
Off to speak at the Laurel Library in Laurel, MD – the show is at 6pm Monday Oct. 11.
Back from a successful speaking engagement for the Maine Library Association. Great state to visit!
Preparing You: Raising Your Child by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen — big ol’ book from the fellows who wrote – You: Having a Baby, You: On a Diet…and others.
Preparing to record The Fat Man “A Tale of North Pole Noir” for Tantor, a very funny elf detective/noir story.
Back from a succesful speaking engagement in Seattle. Preparing for a workshop in Maryland on Oct. 11 at 507 Laurel Street at 7:30pm – open to the public!
Finished Ratification for Tantor.
Preparing to teach an Audiobook workshop for actors at NYC’s famed Weist Barron Studios. Check it out at the Wiest Barron website.
Back from a successful speaking engagement in Cleveland with Recorded Books Craig Mears — a fine example of a swell Minnestoan. Now it’s time to prepare for speeches in Seattle, Maryland, Maine and Tempe, AZ.
Recording Ratification for Tantor.
Retakes on The Great Earth Catalogue for Audible.
Preparing Ratification for Tantor – the story of the state/local debates to ratify the constitution.
Soon to start teaching an audiobook class for actors at NYC’s Weist Barron Studios.
Recording the 2nd Nikki Heat book from the ABC Castle TV series for Harper- Collins/Hyperion. It’s a really good book and I can’t wait to see it’s release!
Recording the $1000 Genome for Tantor. A look at homan genome sequencing and what if means and could mean for the future of medicine.
finishing retakes on The Lampshade — should be out soon!
You Lost Me There will be available soon. It’s listed on many sites as a top read — hopefully a top listen too!
Finishing initial recording of The Lamp Shade for Tantor. It’s an investigation into the history of a lampshade made by the Nazis of human skin. On a larger level, it’s a look into evil, right and wrong and what the human condition.
Finished retakes for Strong Armed Men.
Finished retakes for You Lost Me There. It’s listed as a top summer read in many magazines so give it a listen.
Audiofile reviewed NERDS! “Johnny Heller is a whiz at bringing out the funny, especially when it comes to kid characters. But the plot holes in this story distract from the enjoyment of listening to Heller turn the mean principal into a Richard Nixon sound-alike. How does someone talk clearly with braces popping out of his mouth? How can a kid plunge into ice water at the North Pole and not even get a cold? Forget logic. Concentrate on Heller’s reading, and N.E.R.D.S. transforms into pleasure.”
AudioFile reviewed The Great Money Binge! “Libertarians and pro-business Republicans will revel in Melloan’s direct and sometimes-caustic writing, which narrator Johnny Heller delivers with relaxed authority. Heller’s consistent professionalism won’t keep Obama fans from wincing at some of the author’s conclusions, but Heller’s emotional balance helps make this book sound more like a rich economics lesson than a partisan diatribe.”
Finishing narration on N.E.R.D.S. 2 by Micheal Buckley. It’s a wonderful series about “nerds” who are actually grade school super spies!
Returned from a successful workshop for the Denver Library System.
Alone: Orphaned on The Ocean is out and available from Tantor Media.
Recording You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin for Tantor. I’m working with the lovely Jo Anna Perrin again!
Finished Strong Men Armed! Great true story of the Pacific campaign in WWII.
Scheduled to record Strong Armed Men: the United States Marines Against Japan – the true story of Robert Leckie’s exploits in the Pacific theater of WWII. It’s slated to be an HBO special from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
Joined audiobook community – a great web site for audiobook pros and fans. Go to audiobookcommunity.com and check it out.
I am now on Twitter. Follow my tweets!
Recorded Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean for Tantor. Jo Anna Perrin did the foreword and epilogue – our first book together! It’s the true story of Terry Jo Duperault who’s family was murdered on a sailing vacation and she, at age 11, was left in the ocean for 4 days without food or water. A remarkable tale of survival and of a life lived fully.
Working on Exploding Toilets for Recorded Books – a funny book about urban legends.
Working on Welcome to Afghanistan – Send More Ammo – by Capt. B. Tupper – a soldier’s tale of life on the front lines.
Completed Zombiekins for Recorded Books – a funny tale of a teddy bear that turns people into zombies!
Completed Death to the Dictator for Tantor Media – the story of a brave Iranian who protested againt the dictator and was tortured for pursuing his dreams of democracy.
Finished My Wife’s Affair and Humanitarian Jesus.
Started recording My Wife’s Affair by Nancy Woodruff for Tantor Media.
Started recording Humanitarian Jesus for Christian Audio.
Johnny booked a voice over commercial for Esso Gas!
Finished You: Having a Baby for Recorded Books.
Recording YOU: Having a Baby by Dr. Oz! for Recorded Books.
Recording Don Quixote — an abridgement for younger readers for Christian Audio.
Recording George Carlin’s Last Words! … Another book from one of my heroes!
Just finished recording Why Jesus Crossed the Road for Christian Audio and soon to begin an abridged Don Quixote for youngsters!
Finished work on the educational tome – Moral Mazes for Audible – the book discusses ethics of mid level management in large US corporations. Turns out they don’t have any!
Johnny finished recording Dangerously Funny – the story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – for Tantor! It’s a wonderful book about some truly funny and inspiring people – the Smothers Brothers were funny in the 60′s and they are still funny now and it’s a real honor to share their story.
2009 BEST NARRATOR/BEST AUDIO BOOK!
Johnny was named one of the top narrators of the year by Audiofile Magazine in the category of Biography & History for his narration of Joe Queenan’s Closing Time for Tantor Media.
Johnny is featured in the October/November issue of Audiofile Magazine! Here’s the link: http://www.mygazines.com/issue/3596
SPEECHES! ON THE ROAD:
Johnny will be in Denver in June and Cleveland OH in August. Details to follow.