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GKN 5/7/12 – What’s Your Best Audiobook Narration Tip?

Good afternoon, my stars and starlets! How y’all doin’? Good? Good…

I finally finished the “Jump 225” trilogy this past Wednesday after 2 1/2 months of narrating & editing.

WHEW! Let me tell you, that was a helluva ride. Three novels, 1200+ pages, over 30 characters, accents ranging from Scottish to Indian, and a darn good story. Everyone involved in the process was great and it was a pleasure working with them!

All that aside, this project was, shall we say, humbling?  I had almost 50 stories under my belt before I tackled this trilogy and I thought I had a pretty good handle on the form, but I definitely needed to up my game to do this work justice.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Remember that Audiobook  Production Checklist I shared with you a few weeks ago? Here’s a couple of tips to add to it…

1. Don’t talk too fast! The listeners are in no hurry and (hopefully) you’re not wasting their time. Don’t get caught up in action sequences or arguments.

2. Remember to breathe. One thing that I have noticed is that the better the writing, the easier it is to breathe and this story was VERY well written so for the most part that went pretty well.

3.  Trust the words. Shakespeare, for example, is the best because everything you need to know about the story, the character, the mood, the pace, everything, it’s all right there in the words. Really bad acting happens when the actor tries too hard or imposes themselves on the text. What I’m saying is that the less you try to act, the better your performance will be.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: They don’t boo nobodies. Reggie Jackson

STUFF!: No, I did not see The Avengers yet but I will this week. Feel free to post your reviews, but NO SPOILERS!

From Tom Dheere’s apartment, this is Tom Dheere, GKN News…


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