The Art of Narrating Well…A Lesson In Patience

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Finding a narrator to create an audiobook is no fun. Any author who has used ACX knows exactly what I’m talking about.

 

 

I must have searched through 2,000 auditions trying to find the right voice…and price. Oh yes, there are wonderful voices out there, but will they roll the dice with you and narrate your book for nothing but hope that you’ll split thousands of dollars in royalties later? Probably not, and I can’t blame them.

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I’d actually given up looking after countless auditions and solicitations. There was the narrator who was fantastic, but sounded like my grandfather. Did I mention that a teenager narrates my novel in first person? Then there were the narrators who sounded great, but just didn’t know when to pause, when to sigh or when to run with it.

 

 

 

Mark TwainThen came along L.J… In my last hour of desperation, when I was ready to scrap the whole idea, L.J. Ganser sent me an audition recording that sounded like a chorus of angels. He went on to record the whole book in two days and created a masterpiece. If you don’t believe me, please take a listen.

 

 

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3 Responses to The Art of Narrating Well…A Lesson In Patience

  1. Donald Swan says:

    Hi Thomas. Oh boy, been there. I'm sure only a lucky few have avoided the pitfalls of ACX narration. You really hit it on the head here. Pauses in the middle of sentences, no pause between sentences. It's maddening.You can't help but say to yourself, stop trying to read it and just read it. Glad you were able found someone!

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    • admin says:

      You understand completely!

      Thanks for the comment.

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    • admin says:

      The other thing ACX doesn't warn you about or help you with is the fact that it's so hard to find reviewers to listen and comment on your audio book.

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