I’m Ryan Dalusung (duh-LOO-sung). It seems I have a tendency to attract somewhat dark–oftentimes violent–and psychological tales as a specialty genre (indeed, some of my favorite books I’ve narrated for NLS fall into these categories). However, I’ve also had the pleasure of lightening things up into other parts of the spectrum, from analytical and scientific non-fiction (Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims, Einstein’s Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity by John Gribbin) to more adventurous derring-do and fantastical fiction (Mightier than the Sword by K.J. Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling). Some other personal favorites within the NLS catalog include Thomas Heggen’s charming and quietly philosophical Mister Roberts, Norman Partridge’s Halloween thriller Dark Harvest, and Michael Sims’s treasure chest of funny facts about the body, Adam’s Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form.
To sidestep, for a brief moment: there’s a recording buried deep within the endless catalog of NLS talking books (that has nothing to do with me other than the fact that I love it, have learned from it, continue to learn from it, and am now recommending it to you) of my favorite novel of all time: The Once and Future King by T. H. White. The particular version I’m recommending is available as its four separate novels, The Sword in the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, and The Candle in the Wind, respectively. In what begins as a charming little children’s story and ends as a profoundly introspective, aged king’s legacy, these books wonderfully capture the depth of human thought and feeling as they develop into a mature, infinitely layered perspective on one’s life and life choices . . . and the books are narrated, in their entirety, by the incredible Alexander Scourby.
Circling back: I started narrating audiobooks after joining the team of NLS narrators in 2015. Since then, some of the most fulfilling work in my life and time as a regional actor has been through the narration of books here at NLS’s in-house recording studio. The best stories, I think, still come out of books, and if I can continue to help bring people more access to them, I’ll do so.