The audiobook is now available

June 7, 2019
 by Paul McGowan

I doubt that anything in my life has gone according to plan (and maybe that’s always been the plan).

When we launched my new book, 99% True, Almost a National Best Seller, everything was supposed to go smoothly. There would be the Kindle version, the soft and hardcover versions and, of course, the audiobook. Launch day arrives and the robot helpers at Amazon decide to wait on the audiobook.

I know a lot of you wanted to listen to me read the book rather than flip through pages, so please accept my apologies it was unavailable.

Today it is ready for download on Amazon.

I would normally give you a link to the page but I have also learned that Amazon is very country specific. The book is unavailable if you just go to amazon.com and are not in the United States.

You can try this special link to see if it works.

If not, just Google Amazon, go to wherever the Google Bots send you and search for 99% True on the Amazon page.

The audiobook was the hardest thing I have ever tried to do, but in the end, I think it turned out well. It’s mastered by Gus Skinas and voiced through a Neuman microphone, so the quality is pretty alright.

Have fun, and if you make it through the first half of my life’s story and still want to talk with me, I’d be honored.

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15 comments on “The audiobook is now available”

  1. Great news. I’ll download it this morning.

    Re: “It’s mastered by Gus Skinas and voiced through a Neuman [sic] microphone, so the quality is pretty alright.” Will the 24/192 or DSD version be available soon? It would be the first high-res audiobook! 😉

  2. I opted for the hardcover. I ordered it from Amazon and is expected to arrive on the eleventh. The reason I opted for the book is simply that when one reads a book one has the liberty to stop reading and think about what one has read. No such liberty when someone is talking. One has to pay attention lest one miss something. No chance to make mental pictures of what one reads. Anyway I am sure it’s going to be quite entertaining based on what little you have mentioned over the years about the approach you take to things. Regards.

    1. I preordered the hardcover last weekend, and got a delivery date of yesterday (Thursday, June 6), yet the final delivery date ended up being Wednesday. I was still on a free Prime trial when I ordered it, and I expected it to show up here on release day, but it was apparently not meant to happen. Still, in the grand scheme of things, what’s one day out of an entire lifetime of days? Not much! It’s a good read, once it shows up at your mailbox.

      1. Hey Paul, I’m from Canada and live just south of Montreal. I’ve been religiously reading Paul’s Post every morning while sipping the Java brew. As soon as the Kindle version came out on Amazon I purchased it and started to read. I ripped thru that tale in less than two days. What a fascinating life you’ve led so far. At certain points I was laughing since it reminded me of similar experiences I went through in my early life (up to my mid 20’s) since I’m 65. Having grown up in an audiophile environment, since my dad was at it in the 50’s, we always had something better than the average joe. My dad’s first system consisted of a mono Heathkit amp and preamp with a modest turntable and one speaker. My dad was a kind of ”avant garde” type when it came to audio gear even back then. One day he decided to get another Heatkit amp and an identical speaker. This was still mono sound but it did add a little something that most system didn’t have. By the mid 60’s he bought the whole elctronics from Dynaco (amp, pramp & tuner). He had a Garrard turntable with Shure tone arm and cartridge, all this to drive a pair of Tannoys with 15” dual concentric speakers. He also bought a Revox open reel tape machine, B77 model I beleive. So during my teens I grew up listening to this system. When my dad finally allowed us to use this system he showed us how to handle vinyl and use the turntable as well as the Revox; warning us not to screw up. The no. 1 rule was; turn the volume down between changing vinyl or switching to a different source. Always make sure the volume is way down when firing up the system. I remember once snapping a tape while rewinding a reel on the Revox, boy could that thing spin at high speed! I had to go see my dad all red faced showing the tape. He did a pretty good job splicing the tape, but one could hear the click of the splice during playback. Having grown up near Montreal I saw most of the British invasion rock bands at the time in the early 70’s up to early 80’s and beyond, back in the days when concert tickets were 20$ to 30$ for decent seats. I also went thru the disco craze since Montreal had some really great Disco clubs with excellent DJs. I had a humongous collection of Disco vinyls at that time. One thing I noticed back then is that much to my chagrin the Disco vinyl had better sounding recordings than most Rock albums, such a shame since the technology was there to make some really good recordings even in the 70’s. When I left home in my early 20’s I had a modest system consisting of an integrated amp by Sansui, Technics SL1200 truntable with Goldring cartridge and a pair of KEF floorstanders. By early 1990’s I started to get more serious about getting a better system and went for separates; Simaudio amp & preamp, Linn truntable with Shure tone arm, and a pair of Camber floorstanders. I slowly built the system for the next 30 years making constant improvements until my present system which consists of a Modwright KWI 200 integrated amp, second generation PS Audio DAC & player (I had the 1st generation before), I still have my trusty Esoteric DV-60 that I mostly use to watch music DVDs, I have a pair of Focal standmount Diablos and a REL subwoofer. I also have a PS Audio P3 power regenerator into which the amp and sources are plugged into and a Richard Gray conditionner into which the Samsung 58” TV, REL and vintage Yamaha tuner are plugged into. I also have a Cocktail audio X-50 which I use for internet music (Tidal) and which can rip my cds to digital format. When I finished my basement 20 years ago and built my music room I also installed a 10 Ga wire with it’s dedicated 20 amp breaker to feed power to the system. The wire is a 3 wire deal so I have two Hubbel wall receptacles side by side. The powerplant plugged into one and the RGP in the other. Aditionnaly to the ground in the main electrical panel is a thick copper wire from the Hubbel receptacles attached to a rod that goes into the foundation. I find this latest set-up very satisfying. I get a big grin everytime I dim the lights, close my eyes and let the music elevate me to a higher plane. What a great hobby! I’m blabbing away here, I just want to end by saying that I really admire you Paul for all you’ve been through, for your perseverence to persue your dreams and most of all for your generosity. Cheers, and long life! Pierre

  3. I’ve not bought a copy. Here’s my reason why.

    I have a small pile of three such autobiographies, given to me, none of them opened. One I was slightly tempted to dip in to, an engaging character who wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps (a bare-knuckle prizefighter) and ended up with about 60 optician shops. I know a few opticians, unlikely to write their life stories, as one is ex-Mossad and they tend to be discreet, the other went from optician shops to about $15billion of property and is so secretive he makes Howard Hughes look like a social media junkie. Google this guy and you will not find a picture of him or a single recorded word. Why do people write these things? I have my reasons, just as why most don’t.

    On the other hand, I am a big fan of obituaries. I suspect many people are more interesting after they’ve died. Less of people I know much about (tend to go into checklist mode), and not particularly the ‘did this, did that’ variety. Just enjoyed a very fine example whilst semi-submerged. He was the editor of several leading newspapers and magazines, including the one I was reading (The Spectator, est. 1828), although that was far too dull a fact to actually be mentioned. Written by his son, it can be read here:
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/my-profoundly-impractical-unquenchably-generous-thoroughly-benevolent-father/

  4. About a quarter way through your book. A throughly engaging read, what you went through to try an avoid the almost inevitable (no spoiler alert) is terrifying. Like you I did my spell of broadcasting (10 years) so I can relate partially but I would imagine AFN being like no other commercial network.
    Looking forward to continuing the book tonight. Bravo Paul an exceptional life story, riveting!

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  6. About a quarter way through your book. A throughly captivating read, what you went through to attempt a keep away from the practically inescapable (no spoiler alert) is alarming. Like you I did my spell of broadcasting (10 years) so I can relate to some extent yet I would envision AFN resembling no other business organization.
    Anticipating proceeding with the book this evening. Bravo Paul an extraordinary biography, riveting

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