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Audiobook Narrator: The Art of Recording Audio Books

Audiobook Narrator: The Art of Recording Audio Books

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If you'd like to learn about audio book narrating from the performer's perspective, this is the book for you.

“A wonderful chance to learn about the craft of audiobooks through the eyes of one of its finest practitioners.”
— Claudia Howard, Recorded Books

The woman who has been called “the Meryl Streep of audiobooks" answers 39 questions from other voice artists and actors.

“Barbara sets the storytelling bar for all narrators.”
— Paul Ruben, President, Tribeca Audio

“Barbara has a brilliant blend of intelligence, wit, humor, and suspense. It’s a joy to hear her bring my stories to life, with unique skill and style.”
— Linda Fairstein, New York Times best-selling author

Please DON'T buy this book if you’re looking for an encyclopedic overview of the entire audiobook industry…or for technical advice regarding recording equipment or editing software.

DO buy this book if you want an intimate, insider's look at how the industry's most acclaimed narrator approaches her craft…along with tips for anyone who records audio books.

“Barbara is a unique audio book talent, a creative genius who is always at the top of her game.”
— Arnold Cardillo, Live Oak Media

“Barbara Rosenblat is the best of the best.”
— Harlan Hogan, Voice Actor

*** Sampling of the 39 Questions ***

How Does a Beginner to Break into Audiobook Narration?

How Does an Audiobook Narrator Get Paid for Her/His Time?

What Specific Skills Must I Have to Voice Children’s Books?

When Voicing Children’s Books, Do You Read Differently to Girls than to Boys?

Must You Be a Fan of a Particular Genre to Enjoy Narrating It?

Do Audiobook Narrators Work at a Publisher’s Recording Studio or from Home Studios?

How Much of the Work You Do Is Self-Directed from Your Home Studio?

When You Record an Audiobook at a Studio, Do They Direct You?

What Is the Timetable for Voicing a Book? All in One Day? Several Days? Weeks?

Do You Read Directly from the Book Itself, or Do You Read from a Prepared Script that the Publisher Provides?

Do You Read the Book First and Then Go Back and Determine What Voice Will Be Assigned to Each Character?

How Do You Create Your Voice Characterizations for Each Character?

How Do You Remember Your Voice Characterizations for Each Character?

How Do You Deal with Books Where Characters Have Different Accents?

How Much Acting Should I Put into Portraying the Characters, Including the Narrator, in an Audiobook?

I’ve Done Lots of Voice Acting for Animation. Will That Make It Easier for Me to Create Characters for Audiobooks?

How Do You Manage to Maintain Consistency of Sound as if You Recorded the Entire Book in a Single Take?

Do You Record Sitting Down or Standing Up?

How Do You Prevent Vocal Fatigue During Long Recording Sessions?

I’ve Been Told the Proper Way to Interpret Audiobooks Is to Refrain from Inflection. Have You Found That to Be True?

How Long Should an Audiobook Demo Be?

In What Form Should I Submit My Audiobook Demo to a Producer or an Agent?

What Should I Put on My Audiobook Demo?

Should I Include Music or Other Additional Production on My Audiobook Demo?

To Whom Should I Send My Audiobook Demo?

How Much Money Can I Expect to Make Recording Audiobooks?

Is There a Demand for Voice Talent for Audiobooks that Are Not Character Driven, Such as Self-Help, Humor or Other Nonfiction Audiobooks?

Do Authors You’ve Never Worked with Ever Ask You to Record Their Books?

What Does It Take to Consistently Get Work Voicing Audiobooks?

How Do I Find Smaller Publishers Who Are More Inclined to Use Voice Actors Who Are New to the Field?

Is It Necessary to Live Near the Primary Locations Where Audiobooks Are Recorded?

Barbara Rosenblat has voiced more than 400 audiobooks. Her extraordinary range and abilities have earned her eight Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association — more than any other female narrator.

Product Details

  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Deskset Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2014
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J131ESO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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