About Us

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James Adams

Founder BeeAudio / Chairman WorldWide Audio

James was trained as a reporter in England where he graduated first in the country. He had a long career at the London Sunday Times where he became Managing Editor. He was the CEO of United Press International and was then the founder, Chairman and CEO of iDEFENSE, a cyber-intelligence organization…

with clients in the intelligence community, the government and Fortune 100 companies. The business was sold to Verisign in 2004 for $40m. He is a former member of the National Security Agency’s Advisory Board and the founding Chairman of the Technology Advisory Panel of the Signals Intelligence Directorate at NSA. At NSA, he was responsible for setting a new strategic direction for the 15,000 person Signals Intelligence Directorate to address the current and future very challenging high technology environment. He was the first recipient of the NSA’s Special Recognition Award for his “outstanding contributions” to the Agency. He is President of Hermes Group, an intelligence organization for the 21st century serving nation and market states and currently sits on the Board of 44Doors a mobile marketing solutions company. He is the author of 13 bestselling fiction and non-fiction books with an emphasis on warfare and intelligence. His most recent book, The Next World War, a study of information warfare, is published by Simon and Schuster. His other books include The Financing of Terror, Secret Armies, New Spies and two biographies, Sellout, the story of CIA spy Aldrich Ames and Bull’s Eye, the story of Iraqi supergun maker Gerry Bull. He is the author of the screenplay for Spycraft a videogame published by Activision. His written work has appeared all over the world in publications ranging from The New York Times to Asahi Shimbun. He is the narrator of around 175 audiobooks, both fiction and non-fiction. He is an enthusiastic rower and fly fisherman and lives with his wife and two daughters in Ashland, Oregon.

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Jennifer Stoke

COO / Executive Producer

Jennifer’s love for literature and competition was cemented early in life, when she used to challenge her father to see who could check out and read more titles from the local library in one week. Later in life, she translated this passion into a career in the arts, working at many regional theaters around the country as well as film & video…

but always preferring to be behind the scenes where the true magic happens. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival brought her to Southern Oregon in 1989 and her roots have been growing here ever since. Jennifer embraces the challenge of finessing the spoken word expediently to create a seamless, deadline-driven package while juggling the competing demands of dozens of projects being produced simultaneously. This requires a steady nerve, an encouraging but firm hand and a willingness to say and do the difficult while everyone else might prefer the easy. Her ultimate goal is to be sure that each audio production at BeeAudio surpasses the client’s—as well as her own—expectations for excellence.

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Aubree Wisley

Producer/Proofer Training, UK

Growing up on a farm in Kansas City, Missouri gave Aubree the opportunity to digest book after book while enjoying the glow of a roaring fire. She quickly developed a fondness for literature and the written word. As a sufferer of “oldest child syndrome,” Aubree desires to be in control and know all the answers.

These qualities are manifested in her love of detail, precision and learning. Earning a BS in Psychology from Vanderbilt University equipped Aubree with the knowledge and skills it takes to work with people of all shapes and sizes. This unusual combination has found its perfect expression in an audiobook production company. However, it took some time to get there, with stops in customer service and finance and then a jump across the pond to the wilds of Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to Cambridge where her husband Luke is working on his Ph.D. Aubree honed her love of audiobooks on her cross country drives home for the holidays. And then abroad, it was audiobooks that brought the comforting voices of home to the wild blue yonder. While in Edinburgh, Aubree began working for BeeAudio as a proofer where her love of detail served her well. Her skill as a team player, her leadership abilities and her knowledge of the cloud-based software solutions made her the perfect fit to wrangle the disparate elements into a coherent and high quality product on time, every time.

With the headphones aside, Aubree walks her dog Luther through the rambling byways around Cambridge and enjoys knitting presents for her friends and family.

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Gary Kliewer

Production Manager, US

Gary’s professional experience ranges from public information and publications for the University of California, Santa Cruz, to media relations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and from publications editor at Southern Oregon University to publisher at White Cloud Press.

Gary assembles and supervises BeeAudio’s contractor teams, ensuring each team exceeds artistic and technical expectations while meeting all deadlines for our clients. He loves to foster the professional, collegial, and often lighthearted atmosphere of the BeeAudio online work environment.

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Jackie Rosenfeld

Casting Director, US & UK

Jackie’s work in theatre began in 8th grade when it was discovered that she was an excellent story teller and a miserable cellist. Since then she has been involved in over 200 productions as an actor, director, and playwright. Jackie earned her MFA in theatre from Texas Tech University.

She directs and writes for both the stage and radio. Her plays have been produced all over the country including Manhattan. She is also an educator teaching classes in acting, playwriting, and script analysis at the university level. Jackie is responsible for building Bee Audio’s roster of narrators with the best and most diverse voices in the business as well as matching this wealth of talent to audio book projects.

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Michael Kitson

Senior Editor, US & UK

Michael Kitson‘s ear for audiobooks was first piqued by his parents’ nighttime reading of classics such as the Narnia Chronicles and the Little House series. Michael’s interest in audio engineering began when, as a teen, he started recording his own music with a cassette 4-track.

He transitioned to digital audio recording and live sound while attending Southern Oregon University for music. Michael then worked for Blackstone Audio, engineering and editing dozens of audiobooks before relocating to Portland, Oregon where he is currently an active music performer, live sound technician and audiobook engineer.

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Caroline Shaffer

Narrator Training, US

Caroline’s love for reading aloud began at a young age. A voracious reader, she was known for cornering her brother and sharing aloud with him the wonderful bits of whatever story she was devouring at the moment. Later this passion translated into…

a career in theatre. After receiving her BA in English Lit. and MFA in performance, Caroline has worked as an actor and director in regional theatres throughout the country, including 13 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland where she now resides with her husband and 4 children. Her first audio books were recorded under Bee’s careful guidance and now, after recording over 50 titles for Bee and various others, she is responsible for training new narrators and orienting experienced narrators to Bee’s unique system.

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Helen Lloyd

Narrator Training, UK

Helen trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent the early part of her career as an actress appearing in theatres across the UK – including The Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the National Theatre at The Old Vic…

The Roundhouse, The Watermill, and many of the UK’s foremost repertory theatres, and in the West End. In the early 1980s she moved into television, initially as a presenter and continuity announcer for Central the ITV franchise for the Midland region. When Central was taken over by Carlton, Helen moved behind the cameras and into production, eventually becoming a staff producer in ITV’s regional programme department in the Midlands, while continuing to work as a freelance voice over, in all areas of voice work including narrating over fifty broadcast documentaries. In 1988 Helen was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship and spent three months in Australia, looking at the role of Social Action Broadcasting, and on her return to the UK, she was instrumental in the founding of The Community Media Association, which provided television and media skills training to Charitable organisations and to the Voluntary and Statutory sectors, to assist them in their interaction with the press, radio and television.
Helen has also worked extensively as a voice and television acting tutor working with students at Nottingham’s Trent College, Derby Playhouse Youth Theatre and at Lichfield Youth Theatre, where she has also directed student productions and worked with various community theatre groups.
Helen joined Bee Audio as a narrator in 2013 … and is delighted that Bee is moving to the UK … and is looking forward to sharing the Bee experience with her UK colleagues.

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Judith Cope

Proofer Training, US

A former award-winning documentation specialist at Hewlett-Packard, Judith Cope has over 25 years’ experience as a freelance editor. Judith began proofing for Bee in its early days and eventually assumed responsibility for proofer training. Her goal is to have a discerning staff with diverse areas of expertise…

but all possessing a strong verbal aptitude and a requisite love of literature and the spoken word. An avid rower, she enjoys imparting her love of the sport to adult and teenage novices.

Our Editors are ProTools and Adobe Audition experts who work with our Narrators throughout the production process and master the audio in conjunction with our Quality Control Editors to create seamless high quality sound.

Our Proofers combine a love for literature and the spoken word with rigorous attention to detail, checking each session of the Narrator’s recordings for accuracy and consistency, making corrections and suggestions as the audio title comes to life.