Publishing a book is a milestone for every author. These days, authors do not have to rely on the support of a big publishing house in order to put out a book. Many self-publishing authors are finding huge opportunities to introduce their work to readers in print, e-books, and in audiobook formats. Audiobooks have been around for many decades, but because of the technological advancements of the last few years, it is now possible for the author of a book to record, sell, and market a title as an independent publisher. With the help of online platforms such as Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) and websites such as Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com, audio titles are finding their way to people who want to listen to fiction and nonfiction books read for them by seasoned narrators.
Self-publishing authors who offer books have the opportunity to set up their own recording studio at home and act as the book's narrator. In case the book is a work of fiction, it is often necessary to hire a theatrical actor or voice talent who can perform character voices in order to make the book more engaging and entertaining. There are professional readers as well as famous actors offering their services as narrators that can bring a book to life for the listener.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator. I believe this narrator needs to learn the difference between a sound booth and recording in the street. Honestly, I can usually find many good things to say about the professionalism of the narrators I have heard in previous audiobooks I have listened to. With that being said, I have found many great professional voices I have enjoyed....This unfortunately was not one of them. The book may do much better if the author were to find a better narrator, or if they are fond of this one, send them to narration classes to get the proper training. Yes, it was that bad. I have to be honest.
Would you be willing to try another book from Doug West Ph.D.? Why or why not?
Yes, as long as it is done by a different narrator....and one that understands the true art of narration.
What didn’t you like about Gregory Diehl’s performance?
Hmm, between the loud barking dogs, cars driving by, and all of the background noise including a surprising half hidden burp and robotic voice? That would be a toughie..
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I just listened to a person that calls themselves a narrator make a mockery out of the art of narration. Please do not go there.
Any additional comments?
The good qualities the audiobook has going for it. The author touched on a lot of really good quality points. They gave valuable insight into marketing strategies and the history and understanding of the audiobook. I would have liked to see the author touch on more marketing strategies and less history, but the author does offer very good points. I love audiobooks, but I think this is one time I would have rather of read the book and skipped the narrator.
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