Archive: February 22, 2019

SoundFridge wraps production on audiobook of “The Wraith” by Frank Dirscherl

A new caped hero

By day, he is a mild-mannered recluse with a secret.  By night, he is The Wraith, an ancient dread avenger of justice with otherworldly powers.  It’s not Batman, it’s another caped hero whose comic books have been favorably reviewed by no less than major Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro and Steve Englehart, writer of Detective Comics and The Avengers.  SoundFridge has just wrapped production on the audiobook version The Wraith, a novel based on the first comic in the series The Wraith: Eyes of Judgment.  The novel is penned by the author of the original comics, Frank Dirscherl.  He is the founder and owner of Trinity Comics, an Australian publisher

At SoundFridge, this project has been our most ambitious project to date.  Most of our previous material has been nonfiction, including business and self-help, as well as educational material.  But working closely together with the author of the comic book, we had an opportunity to grow and stretch.  This book demands multiple characters, accents, and a full range of acting skills.  Frank Dirscherl has been a dream to work with, constantly encouraging and helpful in his feedback.

Sample audio from the audiobook:

The audiobook will be released digitally on Audible as well as other sites, along with a special-edition CD box set.  There are 8 books in The Wraith series, and future audiobooks are in the planning stage.  This audiobook is slated for release late in March 2019.

From the book cover:

In a world not far removed from our own, a city lies ravaged. Crime overruns its streets; its citizens are helpless. Crimelord Robert Latham, to the world-at-large a legitimate businessman, holds the city in his sway. Fear and intimidation rule throughout. One man stands above the rest, willing to fight for freedom.

That man is The Wraith.

The Wraith, the city’s bogeyman, is known to exist only by a very few, and seen by even fewer. Those that do know of him, especially Latham, know to fear him, for his fury at those who commit evil has no bounds. By day, The Wraith is the reclusive billionaire Paul Sanderson, a man more mysterious and less seen than his night-time counterpart. Sensing the desperation of Latham and that his own time may be limited, Sanderson readies a replacement, a man deemed worthy to continue in his stead, whether that man likes it or not. That man is Michael Reeve, an honest cop, someone similarly fighting for justice in a city where very little justice remains. It’s a struggle for Reeve to come to terms with his new identity and the destiny handed to him by someone he has only heard of but never seen.

SoundFridge produces audiobook of “12 Golden Keys to Hospitality Success” by F.H. Benzakour

“Hospitality is a challenging industry, but I love it,” writes F.H. Benzakour in his book, 12 Golden Keys to Hospitality Excellence.  Manager and CEO of some of the toniest golf courses in the United States, Benzakour’s book is aimed to help new leaders in the hospitality industry grow their teams, their resorts, and their profitability – with heart.  “One of the most important traits of winning leaders is their dedication to helping others evolve and advance by inspiring, enabling, mentoring, and training them,” he writes.  And he has done just that, in over half a dozen golf resorts.  Benzakour has won numerous awards and distinctions, including being named Top Private Club President/Manager of the Year by BoardRoom Magazine in both 2010 and 2011, and being named as one of the 20 Most Admired Golf Operators in the World by Golf, Inc., in 2009.

SoundFridge was proud to produce the audiobook edition of this important business book.  It is slated for release on and iTunes for later this month.

An immigrant story, driven to success

F.H. Benzakour, author

Benzakour’s story is one that inspires as it teaches.  An immigrant from Morocco, he moved to the USA as an adult with a dream to work in the hospitality industry.  As a busy father and husband, he finished his post-graduate studies at the prestigious school of hospitality at Cornell University – widely regarded to be the best in the world.  He has spent 25 years taking some of the most well-known golf resorts on the East Coast of the USA from the red to profitability.

Benzakour believes that golf resorts, like all businesses, have a duty to be more than money makers.  “Holding a golf outing to raise money for research for a cure for a killing disease, or raising money for the families who lost a loved one on September 11, or to raise funds for a family who just lost a child to suicide, so they can pay the funeral expenses. Those are the best times in the hospitality industry—when we can come together to help one another. I really enjoy doing what I do because of special days like that,” he writes.  He recalls a heartwarming story after Hurricane Sandy in New York.  He opened his golf resort to the community so they could “come in and take hot showers, recharge their phones, and eat hot meals—since the food we had in the refrigerators wasn’t spoiled, due to the big generator we had at the time.”

Benzakour’s twelve strategic, eye-opening approaches, include these and more:

Over-Invest In People
Celebrate Diversity
Be A Student of the Obvious
Be A Master of Game Theory
Swim In Blue Oceans
The Pareto Principle
Innovate or Die

By employing these twelve dynamic game plans within the 12 Golden Keys to Hospitality Excellence, managers will advance to being winners in the hospitality industry.