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Short, daily professional voice advice from breathing to conversational reading: specifically for presenters on radio and TV, podcasts, YouTube, commercial voice-overs, ebook and elearning narrators.

Year Two of short daily episodes to improve the quality of your speaking voice.Through these around-5-minute episodes, you can build your confidence and competence with advice on breathing and reading, inflection and pro
12/1/2022

0700 – Post-Dialogue Attributions In Audiobook Narration

Season 2, Ep. 700
2022.12.01 – 0700 – Post-Dialogue Attributions In Audiobook NarrationMark any ‘post-dialogue attributions’, where the name of the person who just spoke is written after their statement, (“Merlin said”, “Trayvon interjected”, “Marsha replied”, “Neville whispered”, “she said with a tremor in her voice”), so you know which voice to use for the preceding comment, and how to read it. You may also need to be aware that on occasion there may be a discrepancy between what someone says and how they say it: “I’m completely overwhelmed”, followed by “she said sarcastically”, so you know to say that in a sarcastic way (in this instance), before you get to the direction.Think of what the character is doing when they are speaking in the text: “Robin pulled the bow back as far as he could, struggling as the string cut into his inexperienced fingers. “He has to die” he muttered under his breath, and then with more resolve as the arrow flew from the bow “Die! DIE!”. So, you have to show that the character is experiencing several emotions (exhaustion, focus and then fury), all in a couple of lines.Your in-character breathing will also add to the visual for the listener: a sharp intake of breath in surprise or shock, an exhale of relief, in an action scene when someone is out of breath or tired, sounds natural. As a narrator, some editors may remove or reduce the volume of many of yours, especially those at the start of paragraphs, so they don’t distract the listener.
11/30/2022

0699 – Preparing a Text For Audiobook Narration

Season 2, Ep. 699
2022.11.30 – 0699 – Preparing a Text For Audiobook Narration Preparing the textSince you’re reading a long piece, it’s essential to skim the book beforehand. Mark unfamiliar words and check their pronunciation (imagine a character called Romè, but because of how your screen is set up, you have recorded the whole book calling them Rome, like the city…). Fantasy and science fiction books will inevitably have invented words and even languages within them. Work out how you will say these, consistently (you may be able to contact the author for a steer?) “Do you ever hear a ‘typo’ in an audiobook?I’m listening to a chapter on John Cage, and the reader just read 4’33”as “four feet, thirty-three inches”.In a different book, in a passage about a 19th haberdashery, est. 1887,the person read it as “estimated 1887”.Cheryl Graham (https://twitter.com/FreeTransform)Clearly mark every chapter – so you can see where there is a natural pause in the story arc, and where you may want to take a physical break. Mark every new character’s first appearance – that way you know whether or not to use their ‘previous voice’ or if they need a new vocal sound. Highlight character descriptions – especially those which give clues as to how they will speak. This could be specific (“Tom was South African…”, “…she whined in her nasal voice…”), but also indirect: their social-economic background, class, or job, their physical characteristics such as their size or age and so on. Beware of new information that emerges during the course of the book: “…which reflected her upbringing in Berlin…” “From smoking 40 a day for 40 years…” Oh!