There is an intimacy that develops between a reader and a trusted audiobook narrator. When the magic happens, it is as if I am grabbing hold of the narrator’s hand and jumping with abandon into the unknown. Come what may, I know that the narrator will guide me safely through whatever may come. It is a connection unlike any other I’ve experienced with a person who is, in essence, a complete stranger to me. Until today these affairs of the reader’s heart have brought me nothing but happiness. It was only after hearing of Robin Sach’s passing during my lunch break that I discovered how much it hurts to lose one such as these.
I first discovered Robin through Xe Sands on Twitter. I was immediately charmed by Robin’s saucy humor. I was unfamiliar with his work at the time as I’m not a sci fi aficionado and I’ve maybe seen the first three Buffy, the Vampire Slayer episodes. When I later researched his catalog I discovered that I already owned one of his audiobooks, 22 Britannia Road. With Xe I also listened to both The Last Werewolf and The Snowman. As we discussed listening to those audiobooks on Twitter, Robin would sometimes join us and hilarity would ensue. While 22 Britannia Road is my more my style of novel, The Snowman is the audiobook I think of when I think of Robin. He was so good at narrating evil that he gave me (not unpleasant) shivers. It is an understatement to say that the man knew how to narrate an audiobook.
This past December Robin agreed to participate in my December narrator fest Baby, It’s Cold Outside. I enjoyed every moment I spent working with him on his post. He was so giving and full of life that I cannot wrap my head around the fact that he is gone. While the articles I’ve read about his passing haven’t mentioned his work in the audiobook industry, I wanted to let Robin and his family know that his audiobook fans love him dearly and will miss him so much. We are all blessed that Robin shared his talent with the world in so many ways.
Robin, I will think of you every time I see a snowman and will always shudder at the thought of eating snow. Then, I’ll smile because I know you’re laughing at me somewhere in the great beyond. When I get there, you’d better be ready for a snowball fight!
Robin leaves behind two beautiful, beloved dogs. You can see a picture of them in the header on Robin’s Facebook page (visible to the pubic). They need our help. If you or someone you know is able to give them a good home, please send a message to robinsdogs at byronvo dot com.