Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

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Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:12 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17214012

Audiobooks are increasing in popularity but many authors admit they have a phobia about reading their own books. What is it like for those writers who record audio versions of their work? Two writers give their contrasting experiences to BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

"I was sitting in a recording studio going, 'this is filth'."

For Caitlin Moran, recording her best-selling memoir How To Be a Woman entailed overcoming a lot of embarrassment.
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:19 am

There's a well known author in the US, sadly dead now, named Tony Hillerman. His readings of his audiobooks were terrible.

Get an actor - preferably a character actor - to do it.

Stephen Briggs is marvellous. ;)
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:28 am

When I was a Beaver Scout leader, many, many years ago, we were supposed to read a story to the new Beavers called 'Friends of the Forest' - it's roughly what Beaver Scouting is based on. But it's an awful story - really boring and nonsensical. To get around constantly reading this, I thought I'd made an audio tape of it and then, when a new Beaver joined, I'd loan them the tape to play at home and return.

Great idea in theory, but very difficult to do and make it sound interesting. Still, I did make it and at least it meant I only had to read the thing the once. :lol:
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:52 am

Scouting for beaver, eh Tone? ;) ;)
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:00 am

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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby meerkat » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:09 am

dib dib dib! ;)
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:16 am

meerkat wrote:dib dib dib! ;)

First off it was DYB DYB DYB (Do Your Best).
Secondly they haven't done that in Scouting since Wolf Cubs finished in the 60s. :P

Even when I was a Cub Scout we didn't do DYB, DYB, DYB and that was hundreds of years ago.
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:20 am

Tony was a personal friend of Baden-Powell. ;)

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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:21 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Del » Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:38 pm

Is THAT what DIB I mean DYB DYB DYB means!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So okay.. back to subject....

I have spent most of my life reading out loud... to nephews, nieces, for library events for children, presentations, introductions, theatre, on radio, advertisements, and to my own children. Because of my "speaking voice" (as opposed to my "WILL YOU KIDS GET TO BED!" voice) I have spent alot of time reading things out loud.

Most times when I have waited with antici---------------------------PATION! for an author to read their own work it has been a huge disappointment. :(

And NO problems with that either..... the authors are usually great at writing. You cant expect them to be amazing at everything else.
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby raisindot » Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:45 pm

Tonyblack wrote:There's a well known author in the US, sadly dead now, named Tony Hillerman. His readings of his audiobooks were terrible.

Get an actor - preferably a character actor - to do it.

Stephen Briggs is marvellous. ;)


Well, sometimes you're only as good as your material. I think Hillerman peaked with "A Thief of Time." His last 10 or so books were terrible. Never heard his audiobooks. though.

100% agree on Briggs, though. He really brings the characters to life much better than most of Nigel Planer's readings.
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby LilMaibe » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:30 pm

I once worked on a radio play for an MMORPG. Gods, it never finished, but I learned a lot about speaking back then
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby raptornx01 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:23 pm

In my experience most of the time when the author reads their own work it comes off as flat. Even George Carlin and Bill Maher's books, both read by them, were funny, but could be on the boring side. their timing was way off at times. really they need an audience to get it right.

and don't get me started on Bob Grants reading of the Red Dwarf Book Backwards.

The only one i found to do great in his own audio book was Al Franken, but he spiced his up with audio clips and bits from other people.
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:33 am

I liked Robert Rankin reading his own books the two that he read.

And James Masters (Spike ) is good in the Jim Butcher "Dresden series"
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Re: Audio Books - What It's Like To Record Your Own

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:35 am

Oooh. I've been looking for another audio CD to venture into, and your mention of the Dresden Files made me skip to Amazon.

They're thirty five quid each. :shock:

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