Why narrating an audiobook is a LOT harder than you think
We discovered firsthand the secrets of making audiobooks – and what makes narrators like Stephen Fry and Thandie Newton such pros
If you’ve managed to find your way here, the chances are you’ll agree with the following: most of the time, reading is pretty easy. You’re probably able to find your way around these words without a hitch. And these ones too.
Reading aloud? It’s a little harder, sure, but certainly manageable for most. But recording an entire audiobook? That’s probably more difficult than you first think. A lot more difficult.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925
Just doing a couple of hours of podcast recording is kind of exhausting for me. I’m not sure people understand the art of controlled breathing, and that you’re probably doing enough inhaling and exhaling – while talking – for a half-marathon. How the political talk radio blowhards (of any political leaning) just go on for hours on end, I will never know.