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Authors & Audiobooks
Read how one narrator works with authors to make audiobooks come to life. This excerpt below is taken from an article written by author Karen Dionne on DailyFinance.com.
The quality of an audiobook truly hinges on its narrator. The best narrators use their voice talents and training to deliver the feeling behind the author's intent. "I always like to have a conversation with the author if at all possible before I go in to record," says my audiobook narrator, Mark Boyett. "Often there are pronunciations to confirm, but I also like to give the author a chance to talk about his or her novel and express anything they'd like me to communicate as I narrate their book. After all, people are downloading the book to experience the author's work first and foremost, so my work needs to serve that end."
Still, an audiobook reading really is a performance, like a one-man play, and many audiobook narrators gain a loyal following. Listeners frequently make purchases not because they're a fan of the author, but because they love the narrator's work.
Boyett notes that he works to translate the excitement and flow of a story: "As I prepare the book, I'll make margin notes, sometimes about the mood of a scene, or the subtext of a character. Or I'll score sections with little notations that only make sense to me to remind myself to link up these words, or drive through this part, or make this paragraph start as a fresh new thought rather than a continuation of the previous one, and so on."