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0701 – Character Relationships In Audiobook Narration

Season 2, Ep. 701

2022.12.02 – 0701 – Character Relationships In Audiobook Narration

A further step may be to note the relationships between characters. As we have seen before we adapt our vocal style depending on who we are talking to: 30-year-old Sam will speak to their mother in a different way to their spouse, friends or child, so consider who is in each scene and who each person interacts with. Also, relationships change over time: part of the arc of the book may be that two friends fall out and make up, and in doing so how they speak to one another will reflect this.

Notate anywhere where a reading ‘style shift’ is required: “Samah hung her legs into the cool water, leant back and raised her face to the sun…” suggests a slower pace for example. More intense scenes might require a faster narration.

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0767 – How A Kettle Can Help Your Voice

Season 3, Ep. 767
2023.02.06 – 0767 – How A Kettle Can Help Your Voice Steam inhaling - can help the health of the vocal folds and the mucous membranes that line the nasal and mouth cavities. Steaming once or twice a day for 10-15 minutes will:·        allow the water vapour to get into places that no lozenge, gargle or linctus can ever reach, soothing and moisturising and helping to thin the mucus, so it’s more slippery·        help relieve a tired sore or hoarse voice·        calm an irritating persistent cough·        improve your ‘voice recovery rate’ after a cold·        be useful as a ‘night-time moisturiser’ after you have used your voice heavily in a noisy or smoky environmentSo, what’s going on here? Well, dryness adds to vocal strain and can cause a cough and heavy voice-use creates tension. But the steam puts moisture into the whole throat area, thinning thick mucus, increasing flexibility and encouraging relaxation and so, healing.[1] Similar to a steamer, a nebuliser is a machine that turns liquid medicine into a fine mist. You then breathe in the mist through a mask or mouthpiece. Ask a medical professional whether a .9% isotonic saline solution, which matches the make-up of solutions in the body and so gets to larynx, might be useful for any vocal problem you have. [1] Inexpensive steam-inhaling mugs are much easier to use than the hot, claustrophobic and boring “head over a basin with a towel” method. You use just boiled water, add a decongestant if you have a cold (real lemon juice is OK but not artificial fragrances), and then breathe normally, through the nose or mouth for 10-15 minutes replacing the water once the steam has gone. (Electrical steam inhalers such as pump out a steady stream of steam.) Impractical? Inhale while taking a hot shower, like in the scene in ‘Terms of Endearment’ (Debra Winger is in the bathroom next to the hot shower, as her child has a bad cough and she’s trying to use the steam to help them breathe more easily).