For over 100 years the wisdom found in Charlotte Mason’s Home Education Series has formed the backbone of many children’s education. After falling out of print for several years I made these classic works available once more in easy-to-handle, carefully transcribed, reformatted editions. Since then I’ve been working to make it even easier for families to learn and implement her ideas. Audiobooks are the natural next step, allowing parents and teachers to listen to her work while on the go.
A project of this scope is a huge undertaking so I knew I needed the right voice. I wanted the listener to feel they were having a cup of tea with a wise mentor, someone passionate about what they were teaching and excited to share it with fresh ears. Over 300 people listened to a sample of 8 different readers and there was a very clear favorite…
The Narrator – Katie Pattinson
Katie is a professional voiceover artist and actress. She has voiced numerous audiobooks for the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) as well as dubbed for the Oscar-winning film ‘The Theory of Everything’ and recorded voiceovers for clients such as LEGO, Pampers, Google, the Tower of London, National Trust, Oxford University Press and the BBC.
Born into a long line of teachers (her father taught physics at a secondary school and her mother taught music and movement at a PNEU school in the UK), Katie finished her education at Cambridge University followed by a year at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. After touring the world in many theatre productions, playing in theatres as far afield as Hong Kong, the Arctic Circle, London’s West End and the Lake District, Katie then met her husband and, whilst their two children were young, set up the Mini Mozart music and story-telling group in Maida Vale, London, for babies, toddlers and their parents!
Katie is familiar with Charlotte Mason and her philosophies, both through her mother’s work at a PNEU school as well as having read For The Children’s Sake in preparation for narrating the series.
The Project Manager – Chris Scott
Chris has worked with some of the world’s largest brands in everything from Tech to Auto managing projects relating to Voice Over, Translation, Editing and Music. He brings years of expertise dealing with these types of projects so knows how to ensure things run smoothly and on time.
The Publisher – Living Book Press
If you’re a part of the Charlotte Mason community you’re probably heard of my business, Living Book Press. What started over five years ago in an effort to help us all (including myself) get easier access to the great books that are recommended in various CM curricula has continued to grow as I received more requests for sought-after titles. I am often tagged on social media both as my business, Living Book Press, and personally, as Anthony Coafield. I get great pleasure seeing the grey/white spines of my books in the end-of-year reading stacks shared to celebrate what students have each year. My goal has always been to pay forward the great help I get from this community by knocking down the obstacle of finding and affording the books.
I try to publish in as many formats as possible to suit every need, from those schooling on the go who prefer an ebook to those with multiple children who want hardcovers to survive years of use. Audio is something that has often been repeatedly requested and it’s really exciting to finally be offering it. I’m so excited to finally be offering it.
Independent audiobook producers have to pay all production costs before they can start to sell in places like audible. It’s not uncommon for the producer to only earn 25% from some of these marketplaces, which means recouping the costs can take a long time.
A good amount of money has already been spent getting the project to this stage, so now I need your help to get the rest done it completed. 100% of the money raised goes toward the cost of having the books recorded and mixed.
To keep delivery costs down all awards are digital-only. You can choose to support the project, buying the digital books, single audiobooks, or the whole set!
If there are other rewards or add-ons you’d like made available please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
If you have any stretch goals you’d like to see should we get funded please let me know!