Thursday, January 29, 2015
My Audio Book Journey (Part 4)
So, I got the first fifteen minutes of my audio book for All Fall Down. I got the notification in the evening and I rushed downstairs to hear it. I was excited! I put in my earphones so I wouldn't be distracted and settled down to listen.
It's still surreal to have a professional reading my book. My words. The story I wrote. It's like having the story come to life.
I loved the performance. The way he read it, with great tone, building in suspense, using different voices, it was everything I wanted. But as I listened to it again, I noticed a few things I wanted the narrator to tweak.
Last week I mentioned that I would be looking for pacing, pronunciation, and whether he captured the characters and their voice. Keeping that in mind, I listened to my first fifteen minutes three more times, specifically looking for those things (and I also sent the download to a few trusted people that had experience with audio books and knew my work). They mostly all agreed that there was one character that needed a bit of a change, and a few minor pronunciation things here and there, but other than that, it was awesome!
I do have to say that I was curious as to how other narrators did things, so I went to Audible and listened to a bunch of samples. I can now say with confidence that I think my narrator is doing an incredible job.
So, now I'll message the tweaks and changes to the narrator and he will fix them. Or, at least I expect that's what will happen. I will let you know!
Read the rest of my journey!
Meet My Narrator!