Gianni Versace maintained that, while there were many beautiful women, and many beautiful dresses, it was when just the right woman appeared in the right dress, a perfect fashion moment was created. The same applies to literature and voice talent. There are many great stories. There are many amazingly talented narrators. But the true magic happens when just the right voice artist is paired up with just the right story. Such was the case with Russell. He had auditioned for me several times – exceptionally well with each and every try. But I wanted to find something that would truly showcase him.
La Gioconda Alternative was just such a story. His voice and delivery were perfect for it, which enabled Russell to create a truly captivating and enjoyable listening experience. I see him as the ultimate narrator for old-fashioned murder mysteries and noir-style action and adventure stories, intelligent and suave, with just the right bit of swagger to infuse the material with energy and life.