Kirby Heyborne always knows his father is there to rescue him. - click to read entire tribute. By Trent Toone, Deseret News
It was on a river rafting trip as a young man that Kirby Heyborne gained a greater appreciation for his father.
Heyborne... recalls traveling with his father, Bruce,... to visit Teton National Park and float down the Snake River.
That summer, the water level on the Snake River was high and the current flowed fast over famous Class-IV rapids like "Lunch Counter" and "Big Kahuna," Heyborne said.
As their raft approached the whitewater rapids, Heyborne, then a "skinny, 100-pound 12-year-old," admitted he was probably having too much fun.
"I was trying to show off for the young women and show how brave I was," he said. "I asked if I could ride at the front of the boat."
The guide granted permission but warned Heyborne to be aware of some upcoming turbulence and rocks. Continue to Deseret News to contiune reading...
“You know how when you’re reading a great book, you want to throw everything aside and just spend eight hours reading it?” [Kirby] asked AudioFile Magazine. “I get paid to do that!” -- LDS Living Magazine interview with Kirby. Written by Jake Healey.
Kirby Heyborne, an actor best known among LDS audiences for starring in The R.M., Saints and Soldiers, and The Best Two Years, has also been achieving prominence in another performance field—audiobook narration.
Heyborne, who has narrated over 300 titles (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Stephen King’s The Long Walk, and many works by fellow Latter-day Saint Orson Scott Card), was recently honored with Booklist’s 2015 Voice of Choice award. “This is a huge honor,” said Heyborne. “I love my job and am amazed that I get to keep doing it.” Read full article at LDSLiving.com.
"I'm honored to be named 2015 Voice of Choice by Booklist. I love my job." Kirby
Why Kirby Heyborne? You need only check out the YouTube videos of the 2012 and 2014 Odyssey Awards presentations to understand the connection between rock-star narrator Heyborne and librarians. (Heyborne won both years for his narration of Daniel Kraus’ YA novels, Rotters and Scowler, published on audio by Listening Library.) At both ceremonies, he sang hilarious, original songs praising librarians. In many ways, these videos and this mutual affection speak to who Heyborne is: a multitalented performer with a great sense of humor who has the skills to connect with listeners even when reading disturbing, sometimes horrific, stories. Continue reading full article...
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Here it is! This is, by far, the greatest Easter Bunny Song ever! Happy Easter!
Following the recent announcements at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago, Kirby has four Audiobook performances seclected for awards.
The Madman of Piney Woods was named an ALSC Notable Children’s Recording. In the words of the ALSC committee: “J.D. Jackson and Kirby Heyborne superbly tell the story of two boys, one the descendant of slaves and the other of Irish immigrants, in this companion book to Elijah of Buxton.” You can read more about the ALSC Notable Awards here.
Three recordings were chosen as a YALSA Amazing Audiobook –
Skink was named a YALSA Amazing Audiobook AND it was in the “Top Ten” selection. "Terrific!" In the words of the YALSA committee: “Heyborne narrates this audiobook flawlessly, coupling a wide range of character voices with an appropriate amount of intensity and humor.”
Hollow City – "Heyborne’s superb narration captures the children’s terror and determination as they continue their quest, despite the monstrous creatures that pursue them."
Noggin – "The standout of this narration is how Heyborne excels at conveying the quiet, tender moments of Travis’ story."
Read more about the YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults Awards here.
See the full list of Listening Library’s ALA Award Winners here.
I love my job as an audiobook narrator. During an open house for Penguin Random House, I was interviewed by a real NPR reporter! It's a quick 4 minutes. Take a listen!
For the first time ever! TWO special packages of KIRBY’S MARVELOUS STUFF will be 25% off on Black Friday at KirbyHeyborne.com.
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November 2014 - Audiofile Magazine announces their prestigious list of "Best Voices of 2014". Kirby Heyborne is named along with several other of the most talented narrators of the year. Congratulations to all!
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By John Florian, VoiceOverXtra, Story and Event Photos - 11/10/2014
(New York) - Ever evolving, the voice over industry reached a significant milestone here Sunday night with presentations of the 1st Annual Voice Arts™ Awards, honoring and celebrating best work and achievements in voice over talent, production and other aspects of the voice over business.
AND THE WINNERS ARE ...
OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION – TEENS
Scowler by Daniel Kraus (Listening Library)
Artist’s Name: Kirby Heyborne
Producer: Kelly Gildea
Join Disney Dudes host, Kevin Rast, as he learns more about Kirby, his connection with Disney, and why he loves Disney!
"'Ain’t Nobody Change the World Like a Librarian,' will surely go down in ALA Annual history as one of the best surprise moments experienced by a crowd of librarians...." Read full article and watch the FULL VIDEO on the Books on Tape website.
If you're looking for the lyrics, this is your lucky day! Click this link (LYRICS, CLICK HERE) and you shall have them!
Kirby has been invited to MC and perform as a solo artist at the 1st Annual Santa Clarita Valley Americana FolkFest July 5, 2014.
Music by 4 Fantastic Bands:
Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements
John Zipperer & Friends
Modal Tease String Band
MC & Solo Artist: - Actor & Musician: Kirby Heyborne
For more information please see the Americana FolkFest event page on facebook.
The event, known as "Mormon Night," is the longest-running community event held by the Dodgers, and has gone on for more than 25 years. As part of the game's opening ceremony was beloved LDS actor Kirby Heyborne, who sang the national anthem with Eric Christiansen.
"Today I’m very pleased to welcome one of my favorite audiobook narrators to The Reading Date! Kirby Heyborne is an award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks, and chances are you’ve listened to at least one of them. He took time out of the recording booth to answer some questions about his very interesting job....." Follow this link to read the Q&A and enter to win a Kirby Heyborne-narrated audiobook: Audio Month Q&A and Giveaway with Narrator Kirby Heyborne
SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus! The dream team of star narrator Kirby Heyborne and producer Kelly Gildea previously won the Odyssey Award in 2012 for Kraus’ Rotters. Listeners who loved that complex and creepy family drama, will get a thrill out of Kraus’ latest bone-chilling story. Leave the lights on for this listen!
Read more and step into the studio with Kirby talking about narrating "Scowlers" here!
"Skyboat Media and Audible, the producers of all the unabridged audiobooks of Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’ novels, have announced that they will be producing an audio drama based on the book by Orson Scott Card... Kirby Heyborne has been cast as Ender." Website and full story at: www.endersansible.com
The audioplay will be released in late October 2013, will have a cast of over 40 actors playing over 100 roles. It will be directed by Gabrielle de Cuir and produced at Skyboat Media by Stefan Rudnicki. All this brought to you by publisher Audible.com
Photo by Alex Linares
See Skyboat Media's Facebook page for full cast info, some fun behind the scenes photos and videos of the production, and release date of Ender's Game Alive audio drama.
"All done! What a great book! Thanks Books on Tape, Random House Audio, Brian Jay Jones, and Aaron Blank!" ~ Kirby
Ooops-- Free-Song-Friday has ended!! Catch it next month (June 7) when we giveaway another song for FREE!
We might be crazy to keep giving songs away for free, but we want the whole world to know how amazing Kirby's music is. Like we always say: Give Kirby's music a listen. If you aren't a fan yet, you soon will be!
This Wednesday, Target is debuting its new cast of holiday characters in ads, commercials and online to get people excited for the upcoming shopping (er, we mean holiday) season.
Watch the second in the Target "Duets" Campaign: Gifts for You, Gifts for Me -
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Kirby is currently touring the country enchanting audiences with his intimate songs, storytelling and wit.
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