The Axe and the Throne

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The Axe and the Throne 
This is a fantasy novel project, in need of a narrator. We will do the editing ourselves, so we are fine with receiving your raw recording files, so long as they are well labeled. You must be open to minor revision, if corrections need to be made to tone or inflection. We expect all those auditioning to have access to professional equipment, and are able to produce high quality tracks, low in mouth noise and completely free of outside noise.

The style we are looking for is somewhat typical in fantasy reading, a male actor with a light British accent with mid to low tone. Reference Michael Kramer, but not quite so low and rumbly.

Note, the book has strong adult themes, but there are no explicit sex scenes directly described. 
2015-07-09 23:43:23 GMT
2015-07-15 18:23:13 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) 
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152 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 14 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 200 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 15 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.

Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 4000
200000 WORDS
English - British
Middle Age Male OR Senior Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

custom demo required 
Cassen - Effeminate eunuch in his thirties
Ethel - 17 year old adopted daughter to the heir, her true father unknown and thus she is derided by her peers
Inner dialogue that is normally italicized is in parenthesis. Feel free to add "thought Cassen" to indicate inner dialogue at your discretion.

"Good evening, Lady Ethel," said Cassen.
Ethel performed a diminutive but elegant curtsey. "Duchess Cassen, how pleasant to see you again."
Cassen studied her face. (You hide your hatred for me better than your mother.)
"I hope my presence is not scaring off too many potential suitors, but my taste for the exquisite makes it difficult for me to avoid going straight for the most radiant diamond when I see it." Cassen found there was no better way to win the trust of a young highborn girl than with embellished compliments, but in this case it was almost sincere.
"If I did not know better, I would assume you were pursuing my hand in marriage, if not at the very least a dance," said Ethel.
"No, I am afraid I am not built properly for either of those tasks," Cassen said with a false simper. "The best I can do is drape myself with silks and hope their buoyant grace will somehow distract from my lack thereof." Ethel did not seem to find his self-deprecation as humorous as most noble girls, always eager to consort in some form of derogation. "So do tell me, why is it that you, in all your loveliness, stand here alone, bereft of any suitors bearing proper equipment?"
"I had pegged you for a smarter man, Cassen. It no doubt has something to do with my birth parents, the details of which escape my mind at the moment. Was it on my mother's side or the side of my father? I can never quite remember."
Ethel's ditzy girl charade was entertaining to Cassen despite the fact that she referred to him as a man. (The ones who see me as a man are the ones that must be watched the closest.)
"Then they are fools. Had I a son I would instruct him to pursue you to the edges of the realm." Cassen made a dismissive gesture with his hand toward a group of young men who loitered in a corner.
"It makes no difference to me. Most of them are arrogant fools that I would have no interest in."
(Now there is a lie.)
"Ah, but arrogant confidence is more oft rewarded with success than is humble indecision." Cassen hoped to get her to disagree on account of principle.
"I beg your pardon?" Cassen asked, somewhat in disbelief.
"Are you in the habit of quoting others to impress young girls at such events?" Ethel's own confidence was near offputting.
"I did not know young girls were taught philosophy in schools of manners."
"Young girls can read books the same as old men."
"And do you agree with that which I have plagiarized?" (You can remember the words, but can you comprehend them?)
Ethel's response was delayed as she surveyed the room. "It certainly looks as though it is the most arrogant and cocksure of the men, both young and old, that woo my fellow debutantes."
Ethel suddenly looked as radiant as the diamond he had originally accused her of being. (I will make you an ally, or at the very least I will keep you contained.) 
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