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A Thought about audiobooks

As a “newbie” to the audio-book world, I have two titles that I’ve completed, ok, well one actually, but the other is awaiting final approval from the author and ACX. But here’s my point on audio books, and this is especially to authors of audio books.  Your book in written form is NOT the same in audio form, you’d like for it to be, but in a lot of cases it’s not. 

Case in point: I’m in the editing process for my second audio-book 

The title itself is probably way too long, but that’s not my concern here. The concern being the way it is written. The target demographic for the book will be Mensa types and those that are academically advanced. What does that have to do with you?.. Good question, here’s the answer. You are not going to buy this book unless you A) are interested in this philosophy B) extremely well educated and have intimate knowledge of the vocabulary that is used throughout this book.

I cannot tell you how many pickups it took for me to conversationally deliver this sentence structure in a way that someone with at least a 11th grade education could understand and comprehend.. Ready?.. here it is: “

Certainly many things can affect the phenotypic expression of religiosity, the existing religions and how they are faring, what’s going on within the belief community, the society, the governments, where the civilization is in its life cycle and the educational levels, the work ethic, the zeitgeist—the influences are myriad.  And yet, none are as significant as one’s own ….”

 

this was an easy one, they just get more complex as the book evolves. I guess my rant here is that authors need to write like they speak.. if you speak this way fine, but remember who is on the other end of the story. The listener has to be engaged in the story/documentary, it must be compelling and to do that you have to deliver the content, in this case the “story” in a believable, repeatable context. If I’m at a party and someone asks me what I do for a living and I explain that I’m an audio book narrator, they might want to know what I’ve narrated so that they can get a feel for what I create, if the content is not compelling enough for the listener to remain engaged throughout the entire audio-book then I’ve lost a customer.  

As a narrator, I hope you feel my pain, and can share a story of the same type. I would be interested to know how you delivered the final product, did you suggest to the author that it should be re-worded, or ask if you had creative license to “alter” the text to make it sound more conversational, more natural?.. Love to read your thoughts, leave a comment if you would

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The ultimate gift in VO

Ok, so most of my ramblings have little to do with Voice Over, but this is the time of year where I’m inundated with the crappiest of craptacular client written,voiced and in some cases produced spots, yes, seriously dudes, I got an email with a spot the “client” did on their IPhone, now granted I’ll give them the *benefit* for using technology to record a commercial, but for the love of all that is Radio and the sanity of the massively talented production pros please just leave this to us, this is what you pay hard earned money to advertise.

Ok, now that I’ve vented, lets move on to the gist of this post.. the ultimate gift in VO. If you ever have the opportunity to use your God given talents to voice something for the blind, narrate an audiobook gratis for benefit of the Veteran who lost his sight in Iraq, Afghanistan or any where for that matter, please consider it. Record PSA’s for The Wounded Warrior Project,, volunteer to read their mail at the VA hospitals. Seriously people, your voice needs to be heard, and it’s not about you, its about what you give back to your communities that will matter the most, not just during the Christmas Season, but all year round.

Now, more of my rant on the craptastic ads that will come into your mail and here’s one that just came into my email.. are you ready?.. Opening line, and I’m not kidding….

HO HO HOLY CRAP ITS CHRISTMAS.. (please read in Santa Voice, and use sleighbell sfx, with reindeer snorts, hoof stomps throughout, also we don’t want “christmasy” music, use something upbeat and less christmasy and more pop sounding, also we don’t want Santa voice to sound fake)

Seriously?