"Narrator P.J. Ochlan portrays several characters as their stories converge in a Louisiana bayou in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. The story is excellent on its own--add a top-notch narration, and it's something special. Ochlan nails both the accents and the personalities of the oddballs, pillheads, and rip-off artists who live in Jeannette, just another Louisiana shrimping town devastated by nature and man. He believably renders psychotic twins, a teenager, and a one-armed treasure hunter with an affinity for knock-knock jokes. Ochlan's performance is a huge win for listeners."
- G.S.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
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"In previous audio productions, I have always used a traditional British narrator for my Sherlock Holmes mysteries. At first glance, I must admit I was a little hesitant to bring in an American actor and narrator to play these types of parts. After listening to P.J.'s performance on other audios, I was extremely impressed with his versatility of assorted accents.
The end result was astounding, I nearly fell off my chair when I listened to the finished audio. Each accent was spot on, just how I imagined it to be. His narration of Holmes was played with excellence, and Watson was precisely as I imagined him to be. The other ancillary character voices throughout the stories were phenomenal to say the least. Each character was unique and the voices complemented each other perfectly. Well done, P.J."
“DIALECT KING P.J. Ochlan’s side job as a dialect coach serves him well…he dazzles with half a dozen or so different spot-on accents."
"I bought and downloaded the audio version because I was dying to see how it came out. I have to say I was a little nervous about it. The narrator can build or destroy a book on audio, and what if I didn't like this one?
I needn't have worried. The narrator for the entire Silent Empire series is P.J. Ochlan, and he's awesome! He even gave Kendi an Australian accent. The voice he gave Ben is pitch perfect, exactly the way I imagined him in my head. It melts my heart, to tell you the truth. I lived with Kendi and Ben and Ara for years, and they became in a way very real to me. I miss them terribly, and would love to write more books about them. Hearing their voices on an audio book made me unexpectedly ache for my Silent Empire people again, and it's a testimony to Mr. Ochlan's narration.
Several sections made me shout and cry and rewind so I could listen again. I loved it."
P.J.'s voice work is enhanced by his mastery of accents, distinctive characters and versatility, as well as his proficiency with English, French, Italian, German and Mandarin. He is also the founder of Dr. Dialect and co-founder of the Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry.
Recognized with multiple Earphones Awards, and multiple nominations for Audies and Voice Arts Awards, P.J. Ochlan's work behind the microphone began in 1987 as a young voiceover talent with many commercials and promos. More recently he spent 10 years as a Southern California radio personality with programs on several stations. He is also an acclaimed and record-setting audiobook narrator with hundreds of fiction and non-fiction titles to his credit.
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