The Cleanup, excerpted from a novel by Ravi Kotecha, narrated by Russil Tamsen. 13 mins. Written version here.
A couple of young dudes from India - runaways from an earlier chapter - have inserted themselves into the business of smuggling guns and opium. They are now wandering around the rutted back tracks of Afghanistan, haggling and trying to spend as much of their arms trade money as possible buying up as much opium as their rickety vehicles can carry.
Wow, this is a vocal actor’s challenge. Trying to jump between several Indian and Arabic voicings, phew! Very cool story, however, I love picturing these exotic locales… And it’s a nerve-wracking tale too: we’re just waiting for the shoe to drop and their hubris to catch up with them! That, however, would be part of a later chapter.
I initially voiced the narrator as an Indian, but I decided to go with my regular voice. It’s a hard call when you have a first person narrator, but it seemed like too much Indian the other way. What do you think?
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