Audiobook: Come Back, Como

Job #14518

Job Posting Details

Job # 14518 Audiobook: Come Back, Como

Posted Date
Jul 30, 2009 @ 19:58
Respond By
Jul 31, 2009
Word Count
Age Range
Middle Aged

Job Description

Please read attached sample. Final delivery will be due within 2 weeks of selection.

Pays $135 per finished hour (please disregard the "fixed price")

By submitting an audition for this title, you agree to the following:

1) You are able to read AND edit the script within the given timeframe
2) You are able to burn a disc(s) with the finished edited files in .WAV and .MP3 format

Note re: read: Conversational read with nice even pacing. Do not rush.

Please audition with the following read:

It was a gorgeous September morning in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District, glowingly warm and bright. I was spending it on my knees in the middle of Eleventh Avenue, pleading with a dog.
“Como,” I called out in the most casually reassuring voice I could muster. “Let’s go back home. C’mon, boy. Let’s just do it.” I inched a little closer to the cream-colored terrier mutt who had just fled from our house a few blocks away and led me on a frantic chase that didn’t show any signs of ending well. Como, his tawny ears lifted in high-alert mode and brown eyes widened, inched back. He kept a safe distance on the sidewalk, twenty yards off. His tail was raised and furled like a raffish feather over his back end.

This wasn’t working any more than trying to outrun him had. At fifty-two, I wasn’t about to win a footrace with a nimble, two-year-old terrier. The moment had arrived for a fresh approach if I ever hoped to recapture this scruffy shelter dog my wife and daughter and I had adopted ten days ago, which had been more than enough time to learn his distaste for men— notably me—and highly developed flair for escape.

“Hey, Como,” I said, ditching my phonily unrattled tone for something even more phonily playful. “Check it out.” I got off my knees but stayed down in a passive, nonthreatening crouch. He watched closely and came a few steps closer. Encouraged, I sat down, braced my hands behind me, and stretched out my legs, as if I were settling in for a placid picnic in the park. I was careful to stay in profile to him, to keep him in sight while avoiding even the slightest hint of confrontation. I slowly extended a hand in his direction, rubbing my thumb and index finger together.

“C’mon, Como. C’mon, boy.” After a while it was clear I’d rub the skin off my fingers before he’d come all the way. I was rested now and considered springing up and making another direct dash at him. But as soon as I shifted my legs a little to get up, Como laid his ears back and retreated. So much for that plan.


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