Successful Audio Book Narration
By Scott Perreault
It sounds easy, just open the book and read. You ever listen to a book on tape? Often a recognizable actor is the voice. Sounds like a winner, lets have Dustin Hoffman read us a story. A good idea with mixed results. Why? Because the actor is not necessarily a good story reader. It is more then inflection. It is understanding the listeners ear. Understanding the reading process. Narration of an audio book is not the time for acting, it is the time for effective communication.
Audio book voice professionals have grown to understand the unique communication style required in presenting a book on tape. How does the listener of your material read the book? An important question. Skim, detailed, slow, fast? There is a common approach to reading your material, you must first discover how your readers enjoy your books in written form. So much vital research is rarely conducted before narration begins. There are other key elements needed to ensure a positive listening experience. Do you understand the research methods and comprehensive knowledge of the book narration process?
The test of a properly narrated audio book is found in the first thrity seconds. Is the tempo set properly? Is the tone and speed comfortable? The audio book listener will decide instantly if he/she is going to finish listening to the book or just tolorate until a better form if entertainment avails itself.
About The Author
Scott Perreault is a radio and narration voice veteran with over twenty years of broadcasting and voice work experience. From the writing, production and development of radio campaigns to the recording of a two-hour audio book, Scott has experienced many facets of the voice business. Scott resides in both California and Minnesota.
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