The panel discussed all aspects of what makes a good audiobook. Topics debated ranged from casting, production, recording, accents, pronunciation, translation, and editing. Rula Lenska, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Lorelei King are all highly respected readers having recorded numerous titles for BBC Audiobooks and other publishers. Lynne Truss appears in the audiobook versions of her two best sellers Eats, Shoots and Leaves and Talk to the Hand.
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I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this explanation of how audiobooks are recorded. Very understandable and well-edited to keep your attention.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio. It was interesting to hear about the production aspects, but the best part were the stories that both the producers and readers had to tell.
This is a fascinating panel discussion by producers and performers of BBC audiobooks. The observations of the performers have opened my ears to nuances in the readings, but the real revelation is the role of the producer in coordinating and giving coherence to the recording sessions.
This is a great overview of the work done behind the scenes to record audiobooks by some of the best in the field. Highly enjoyable. Funny and entertaining.
It sounded like a lot of fun.
"Interesting - but beware"
I've just listened to this and found some of it quite interesting and several times wanted to butt in myself and comment but I was dismayed that a member of the panel was allowed to give away the ending of the book 'Gentlemen and Players' by Joanne Harris. I was currently reading (not listening to) this book and there was no warning that the twist in the tale would be revealed. I suppose I will finish reading but the fact that the ending has been revealed has spoiled it for me.
"A freebie that's really worth your time"
This free download features a fascinating discussion and Q & A session about the production of audio books. The panel feature a producer, a director, an actor and a critic and they offer offer up some very interesting insight into the process a book goes through before it gets to our ears. The panel features staff from the BBC who have produced some brilliant and best selling productions between them.
This download is the nearest thing I've come across to a DVD style 'making of' or 'special feature' for audio books and I really enjoyed it.
I recommend it to anyone who enjoys spoken word productions enough to have an audible subscription.
Radio 4 listeners and ilk are likely to enjoy the insights offered by this track.
It reveals the considerations from a publishing, editing, and performance perspective of audio book publishing. What about page-turns? Do you rehearse? Whether to use mood sounds and background music? How many performers should there be? How long from decision to publish a book in audio format to final 'cut'?
Presented as a discussion panel with an audience - true overview of the medium.
"Entertaining and interesting"
I strongly recommend audio book fans to listens to this panel discussion involving the readers, editor and producers. It reminds us how much we owe to the diligence and hard-work put in by the people who take pains to study the texts so that they can make the books come alive for us to enjoy. I am constantly amazed by the skills of the readers in differentiating the various characters by employing different accents and tones of voice. I have long realized that a lot of preparation must be involved. But this recording of the discussion is not just interesting, but is also very lively and entertaining.
"Well worth listening to"
This was very good for a freebie! It was entertaining, and gave some informative insights into how audio books are produced.
"How it's done!"
This is wonderfully entertaining and a must for everyone who enjoys listening to audiobooks and has wondered how the slick finished article is achieved. It will give you a new appreciation of the talents of all those involved, and it's free! Do listen.
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