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VO4TA: The Audiobook - No. 1

The first thing I'd like to say about audiobooks is that they're slower than you think.  

At least they always seem that way to me.

I listen to them occasionally. (Sometimes it's too much like work.) Usually the ones I'll pick will be very genre based (Star Trek is always fun) and often ones I have actually read before.  (I would like to hear the ones recently commissioned by Ian Fleming's estate.  Especially Rosamund Pike reading The Spy Who Loved Me.)

But in general (like I said) I'm of often struck by how slow they are.  There is a definite cadence and visceral feel to the audiobook that is very different from all of the other kinds of voice over work.  Let alone character voices, narrative voice, conveying story and a thousand other little things.  

And never ever underestimate how difficult an audiobook is to record.  It is a labor intensive process taking innumerable hours (well not innumerable) - but lots of them.  

You want to record audiobooks?  Go listen to audiobooks.  Try listening to one you have read and then try listening to one that you have never read.  

But I maintain that each job opportunity in voice over requires a different slant to the work.  This is just a first discussion.  

Hugh P. Klitzke blogs at voiceoverfortheactor.com.

"He was good-looking in a dark, rather cruel way, and a scar showed whitely down his left cheek.  I quickly put my hand up to hide my nakedness.  Then he smiled and suddenly I thought I might be all right.

When he spoke my heart leaped.  He was English!"

 

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