Living On Air

  • by Joe Cipriano, Ann Cipriano
  • Narrated by Joe Cipriano
  • 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Living On Air is a coming of age tale about a small town boy who makes it to the top of his profession in the world of radio and voice-over. It's a heart-warming, funny story filled with the ups and downs that people face on the rollercoaster ride to success, including some laughable encounters with major celebrities.
Living On Air is narrated by author Joe Cipriano, considered one of the top voice-over talents in America. Instantly recognizable as the voice of TV networks, award shows, games shows and more.

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Great story and great narration, obviously...

If you could sum up Living On Air in three words, what would they be?

This was a cool insight to the life and progression of a "voice" I have listened to since I was child. Most of the time without even knowing it was him!


Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is the only character really, but my favorite part of his life/book would be when he was a kid learning to be a DJ. It's the time when he was still young and innocent to the ways of adult life and it amazed me how sure Dave was about what he wanted to do. As he said, with some determination and a TON of luck, you can make you dreams come true. What a great way to achieve it!


Which character – as performed by Joe Cipriano – was your favorite?

Usually, I only listen to unabridged, straightforward narrations. A little change in voice for different characters is good, but once all the sound effects and drama re-enactments come in to play, I tend to lose interest. However, in this book, the sound effects were used so well, it really took you back in time to the moments that Dave was talking about. I truly felt the "era" of each sound. In a chronological piece like this, it worked perfectly. It also really helped the comedy stand out and brought you into the stories.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a ton, a few times out loud. Which isn't something books can often do for me. I think the fact that this was read by one of the world's best voice artist just drew me into the book and helped make it so real. Sometimes narrators can lose and audiences interest. That didn't happen once for me the whole time!


Any additional comments?

I'd say this is a definite great listen! Not like any other biography I've read or listened to, this feels almost like a novel. I would highly recommend it!

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- Eric

A great listen for many reasons

What made the experience of listening to Living On Air the most enjoyable?

There were many reasons why Living on Air is a really great read/listen. I'll save the most important for last and start with what first attracted me to it. I am a huge fan of radio, always have been since I was a kid, I started listening to Jack Benny and other great Old Time Radio shows when I was nine years old and went on to study the history of the medium in great depth. I was all but ignorant, though, about what life was like in radio after the disc jockey stage began. Joe and Ann Cipriano crafted a love letter to that era and I found myself entranced. Not merely with the descriptions, though there were many (including a great lesson in exactly why you'd get all those strange noises sometimes while adjusting your dial), but I was fascinated as well by the clips they included. Sometimes they were actual snippets of broadcasts; other times they went back to the people involved in the story and had them record their part of it. The result is a wonderful amalgam of the types of audiobooks we typically find here on Audible--a single narrator read with a healthy mix of a multi-voice performance.

As for the real reason I find this to be a great listening experience, it's because in the world Joe and Ann are describing--the world of advertising promos and live in-show announcing--Joe is simply The Man. No two ways about it. And if you're like me, you don't have to work in a particular field in order to glean a great deal of wisdom from a book that tells you exactly WHY someone at the top of their field is so successful. I don't care what the field is, if someone is wildly successful in it I want to know more about why. You may never do a voiceover in your life, but if you pay attention to Joe's business acumen and the attitude he brings to his job you will find yourself with incredibly valuable insights into how to succeed in your own field.


What did you like best about this story?

Learning about an aspect of voiceover I know very little about. Joe goes to great lengths to mention and celebrate his peers, as well as those voiceover artists who shepherded him along in his journey. Since many of those people are now gone, it was great to hear Joe's stories about them.


Have you listened to any of Joe Cipriano’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not aware of any other books Joe has done before or since, but if he winds up doing more, I'm in.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did, I found myself looking forward to the activities where I typically listen (driving or hiking), simply so I could find out what happened next. I listen to audiobooks a great deal and that eager feeling of wanting to hear more is all too rare.


Any additional comments?

I think what I love most about this book is that it isn't a typical audiobook. It's not strictly a single narrator read nor a multi-voice performance, and Joe doesn't sound like most audiobook narrators sound, which is exactly why I loved it so much. Joe sounds like himself, he's a promo guy and will sound like one no matter what, and I love it that he presented himself exactly as he is.

It's extremely rare that I listen to a book twice, but I think there's definitely another listen of Living on Air in my future. Looking forward to it.

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- Scott Brick "An indiscriminate listener"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-13-2013
  • Publisher: Joe Cipriano Promos Inc.