How audiobooks are recorded


OK, you ready?” Yeah. I was raised to be Generic. Born that way. But on the third day in the second quarter,
I’m starting to think it’s not who I really am. The moods they don’t understand just yet. Usually it’s to help sell things. But sometimes you glimpse a person in that
reflective surface, who seems a little bit like you. My name is Suzy Jackson, and I am a narrator
of audiobooks. Is that what we call ourselves? I’m like, I don’t know — audio… voiceover artist? But we’re talking about audiobooks, so… As I’m reading, any time a character pops
up, I’ll underline their name. She feels like a grandmother — I don’t
have one, but One trick that I’ll do, I’m trying to
find if I have a place… Here. Let’s say there’s a sentence that says
“she whispered” at the end. So I need to know that before I start. So I’ll underline it while I’m preparing
the book. See, I’ll draw an arrow to it. And so then I’ll catch it before I’m saying
it. It’s this weird mental trick of staying
really present, but also kind of also reading a little bit ahead. After Dr. Snoot walks away, I fall into a
daze until Kenneth hits me on the shoulder, Rita and Adelaide bouncing next to him. [GURGLING NOISE] Did you hear… [laughs] so that’s what happens. You’re like, and now my esophagus made
some strange bubbling sound, so we stop and pick up. And he started hitting a vending machine and
I realized — I knew him when I was five! Before they made me an operator. I wrote down the characters in the book, and
I noted on my paper what I knew about them: that Dr. Snoot was like a grandma, that Kenneth
was nerdy, that Rita was always in control, that Adelaide was feisty. I felt like I knew the energy of it. It says “Kilroy Was Here” underneath. hours on end, like that stamina is more
difficult than coming up with slight variation of vocal quality to distinguish characters. Whether I’m reading aloud to kids or whether
I’m reading on my own, the experience has changed a bit since I’ve been narrating. You aren’t necessarily only going to be
narrating the style or genre of books that you yourself might choose to read on your own. So I think there is something to just respecting that story and respecting the audience for
that story. “Voice,” I tell the group again. “The one thing that can never be generic.” I don’t know if I’ve done alien voices,
but I’ve done in the sci-fi world a lot of creatures. “Can you do a pizza order as a dragon?” “I’ll take a large cheese with extra pepperoni.” It’s so weird, it’s so weird what I do. I’m frightened.

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