We have all had stories read to us at some time in our lives. This can be an exhilarating and enlightening experience, a bit like going to the theatre where your favourite actor performs for you alone. A well narrated audiobook offers an intense emotional encounter: just you and the voice in your ear taking a journey together.
Achieving that connection between author, reader and listener is what I help narrators to achieve.
Audiobook narration is unlike any other form of voice work – or any other form of acting. In audiobooks, there is rarely a soundscape to give an indication of time, place, setting or distance. A single voice is tasked with bringing an author’s vision to life; one voice creating a compelling narrative and a full cast of unique and believable people.
I believe that the key to achieving compelling narration lies in meaningful preparation. As an actor discovers and unpeels the layers of the character he is playing during rehearsals, so the narrator explores in significant preparation. The end result is multi-faceted narration that appears effortless, spontaneous and natural