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The Glittering World audiobook, produced by Grammy winner David Rapkin (Harry Potter Series) and read by Audie winner Edoardo Ballerini
The Glittering World audiobook, produced by Grammy winner David Rapkin (Harry Potter Series) and read by Audie winner Edoardo Ballerini
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Hey there! I'm Robert Levy, author of the supernatural thriller The Glittering World. Since the novel was published earlier this year, there's been one question I've received about the book more than any other:

Will there ever be an audiobook edition?

Today, I am thrilled to finally answer YES! And I've assembled a dream team of friends and accomplices to help bring my spooky story to life.

The Glittering World audiobook will be recorded THIS MONTH by David Rapkin, the legendary Grammy®-winning producer and director of The Harry Potter audiobooks, as well as hundreds more titles. It will be narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, the Audie®-winning talent behind books like Beautiful Ruins and My Struggle. David and Edoardo will be joining me at New York's Merlin Studios to record during the last two weeks of September 2015.

There's only one catch...

I'm going to need your support to finish the project. We're putting this audiobook together without my publisher--just me and my husband Dan!--and David and Edoardo have generously lowered their fees to make this as affordable a venture as possible. I'm asking for YOUR help to bring this unique opportunity to fruition.

We'd love it if you gave any amount you can. But if you pledge thirty dollars, you get the audiobook, which, trust me, is going to be fantastic. You'll receive a digital copy of the audiobook before anyone else does. And if your pledge is in by September 27, you'll get thanked on the audiobook itself.

There are also tons of rewards at a dozen different price levels, including signed copies of the hardcover or paperback, exclusive items and events, and editorial services like manuscript critiques and query letter assistance that put my twenty years of professional writing experience to work. And every backer will get updates as we go behind-the-scenes in the recording studio and beyond.

Check out the rewards, and please consider kicking in! Thanks so much for being part of this amazing journey with me. I promise it's going to be great.

DAVID RAPKIN (Director)  

David has worked in the audio publishing industry since its beginnings. He has produced and directed titles by Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, Robin Cook, Oliver Sacks, Anne Rice, J. K. Rowling, Elmore Leonard, Frank McCourt, Patricia Cornwell, Robert B. Parker, Pat Conroy, Isaac Asimov, Dominick Dunne, W.E.B. Griffin, Tom Clancy, John Jakes, Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Hawking, Ken Follett, E. L Doctorow, Louis L’Amour, Tom Wolfe, Russell Banks, Margaret Atwood, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jim Lehrer, Monica Ali and many others. David is a double Grammy® winner, both times for producing and directing titles in the Harry Potter series. Numerous other titles directed and produced by David Rapkin have been Grammy® nominees and the recipient of Audie® awards. The Day That Lehman Died, a BBC World Service radio drama for which David was American Project Manager received the George Foster Peabody Award. This year David Rapkin directed titles by Diana Nyad, Donna Karan, Robert B. Parker, Jeff Lindsay, Newt Gingrich, Jamie Attenberg, Libba Bray, Patrick Kennedy, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Oren and others.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at David's work and process (on Libba Bray's The Diviners): 

EDOARDO BALLERINI (Narrator)

Eduardo was awarded the 2013 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration (Male) for his performance of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins. The audiobook was also named Audible’s 2012 Audiobook of the Year, Salon's Best Narration of 2012, and was named in Top Ten Audiobook of 2012 lists by People, the Los Angeles Times, Amazon and AudioFile Magazine. Edoardo has also been honored with a Listen Up Award from Publishers Weekly (2014), a Voice Arts Award (2014), several Earphones Awards from AudioFile Magazine and has been named to AudioFile’s Best Voices lists in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is currently at work on all six volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle and filming the first season of the TV series Quarry for HBO/Cinemax.

Check out a sample of Edoardo's work (on Olen Steinhauer's The Cairo Affair): 

ROBERT LEVY (Author)

Robert is a writer of unsettling stories and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his work has been called "frank and funny" (Time Magazine), "idiosyncratic and disarming" (The New York Times), "ambitious and clever" (Variety), "smart" (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) and "bloody brave" (the UK's SFX Magazine). His first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale The Glittering World, was published worldwide in February by Gallery/Simon & Schuster. A native Brooklynite, he can also be found at TheRobertLevy.com.

Check out the book trailer for The Glittering World:

When Michael "Blue" Whitley — a former party boy turned up-and-coming chef — returns with three friends to the remote Canadian commune of his birth, he discovers that his entire life has been a carefully orchestrated lie. He is in fact someone else altogether, a replacement for a local child who disappeared twenty-five years earlier. He is something not quite human.

Set among the artisans, burnouts, and New Age mystics of remote Cape Breton, The Glittering World is a dark and modern fairy tale, a novel of self-identity and supernatural suspense.

"Brilliant and terrifying." (John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)

"The Glittering World is a stunning phantasmagoria drawn from the world just beneath the surface, aswarm with great and memorable characters and a plot that twists and turns as it hurtles forward. A grand debut. One taste, and you'll be addicted." (Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child)

"Fast paced, yet it also succeeds as a reflective tale of self-discovery...Well crafted, atmospheric, and whimsical, this will attract readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman and Mark Z. Danielewski." (Library Journal)

"A luscious, compelling tangle of a thriller. The Glittering World maps the realms of friendship and identity, the mythic and the contemporary. I loved it." (Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble)

Check out the novel on Amazon, and then check out this alternate, extremely serious book trailer:

Risks and challenges

The talent is committed, the studio time booked, the director in pre-production as we speak. Once this project is funded, The Glittering World audiobook will be a done deal, completed and distributed to backers by November 2015. The final product is going to be exceptional, and we can't wait to get it out to you at the soonest possible date.

In addition, we are committed to fulfilling all other rewards in as timely a manner as we can muster-- it helps that the rewards were designed to be as satisfying for us to deliver as they will be for you to receive!

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    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND. Our eternal gratitude and acknowledgement on the dedicated audiobook website.

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    THANKS IN STEREO. Our eternal gratitude, acknowledgement on the dedicated website, and your name read in the acknowledgements of the audiobook. (Note: for thanks on the audiobook, pledge must be in by September 30)

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    THE GLITTERING AUDIOBOOK. You know you want it! A digital copy of The Glittering World unabridged audiobook (it's going to be amazing, trust me), including your name read in the acknowledgements of the audiobook, as well as on the dedicated website. You will also receive it before it's available anywhere else. (Note: for thanks on the audiobook, pledge must be in by September 30)

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    AUDIO DELUXE. Includes everything at the previous reward level (the earliest copy of the audiobook, thanks in the acknowledgements of the audiobook and on the dedicated website), as well as an exclusive mp3 of the Glittering World-inspired song "Starling Cove" by Sam Mickens, and a hi-res digital print of the audio cover by photographer Rachel Schiller. (Note: for thanks on the audiobook, pledge must be in by September 30)

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    DIGITAL DIAMOND. Includes everything at the previous level, as well as an exclusive 15,000-word digital chapbook containing deleted scenes, author notes and inspiration, and the never-before-seen short story that inspired The Glittering World.

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    THE LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK. Includes everything at the previous reward level, a signed physical edition of the companion chapbook exclusive to the campaign with an extra surprise inside, as well as a note of thanks and your choice of either 1) a personalized author copy of the hardcover of the novel; or 2) a one-of-a-kind poem by the author handwritten on an authentic Starling Cove seashell.

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    THE GHOSTS OF BROOKLYN WALKING TOUR. Everything at the DIGITAL DIAMOND level, as well as a special event designed just for Kickstarter backers by the author, a lifelong Brooklynite. Part local gossip and part memory play, the walking tour will be a unique exploration of local haunts including the residences of Truman Capote, Henry and June Miller, and H.P. Lovecraft, with an eye toward true crime, scandal, and the occult. (Note: Tours will take place three weekends in Spring 2016)

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    PUT ROBERT TO WORK. Everything at the DIGITAL DIAMOND level, as well as either 1) a extensive query letter rehab and makeover; or 2) a critique of a short story or start of a novel (10,000 word limit). All will include a detailed analysis of no less than 500 words.

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    PUT EDOARDO TO WORK. Everything at the LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK level. In addition, Audie-award-winning vocal talent Edoardo Ballerini will record up to 15 minutes of backer-provided narration. (Note: backer must either own the work or it must be public domain)

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    A STORY JUST FOR YOU. Everything at the LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK level. In addition, Robert will join celebrated writers Livia Llewellyn and Molly Tanzer to craft a unique collaborative short story of 5,000 words based on whatever the backer may desire. So come whisper in our ear. Discretion is assured.

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    BE OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. Everything at the LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK level. In addition, you'll receive star billing with your name at the beginning of the audiobook!

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    ROBERT'S NOVEL CRITIQUE. Everything at the LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK level. In addition, Robert will read your novel-in-progress (115,000-word limit) and produce a 1500-word report in a kind and considered critique that will illuminate your work and help you reshape it for the better.

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    ROBERT'S DELUXE NOVEL TREATMENT. Everything at the LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK level. In addition, Robert will read your novel-in-progress (125,000-word limit) and produce a 2500-word critique, as well as an hour-long Skype/ Facetime chat covering the manuscript that will take your work to the next level.

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    A GLITTERING EVENING. Everything at the LIMITED EDITION AUDIOBOOK level. Robert will work with the backer to create a singular entertainment experience replicating an authentic Cape Breton-style ceilidh featuring live music, ghost stories, and a host of Celtic mythology-inspired surprises in an immersive theatrical experience at either the author's home or that of the backer (NYC only).

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