In this article, we'll take a look at 10 best audiobook performances tips and tricks to create an engaging and enjoyable audio book experiences.
Playing Attitude, Not Gender
One of the questions that often comes up when it comes to audio book narration is how to handle performing voices of the opposite gender.
The key is to play attitude, not gender. When women play men roles, they'll typically puff their chest up. That actually doesn't sound good.
The same goes for men sounding femine.
Don't go too far because you'll break the suspension of disbelief.
Rather than trying to imitate a specific actor or voice, it's about finding the right tone and inflection for each character.
Adding Character to Narration
While it's important to differentiate characters with their own unique voices, it's equally important to add character to the narration itself.
Putt a little investment into the narrator's character can go a long way in engaging listeners. Treating the narrative as acting, and finding opportunities to slightly shift the narrator's attitude based on the characters and situations they are describing.
Dishonoring Punctuation and Attributions
It's important to break some of the rules of grammar and punctuation when it comes to audio book narration.
Some refers this as the "dishonoring punctuation" technique and emphasizes the importance of finding the right cadence and flow of speech, rather than worrying about following the strict rules of grammar.
Another piece is the attributions, and ensuring that they are not distracting from the story itself.
Avoid getting "schizophrenic" with attributions, and to stay true to the characters speaking.
Finding Enthusiasm in Non-Fiction
When it comes to non-fiction content, it's important to remember that even though it may not be a traditional "story," it is still a narrative with an important message.
Looking for moments where the author injects their own enthusiasm or judgement, and finding ways to make those moments personal and engaging for the listener.
Non-fiction authors are often very passionate about their subject matter, and it's important to find ways to share that passion with listeners.
More Tips for Audiobook Narrators
- Listen to a wide variety of audio books
- Pay attention to different genres and styles of narration
- Develop a wide range of acting skills
- Approach narration with an open mind and willingness to experiment
- Tell jokes and find humor in a story
- Adding personality and character to narration is important