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Simple, straightforward advice from both sides of the microphone on becoming an audio book narrator - what it takes and how to do it! 

Sales and production of audio books are booming. It seems that in our busy, multitasking lives, people are hungry for more and more recorded books. In this audio book, two of the best in the business - award-winning narrator and member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame Lorelei King and award-winning and Grammy-nominated producer/director Ali Muirden - tell all about what goes into audio book narration and what you can do to prepare yourself for a career in this industry. 

Topics covered include: 

  • What a narrator does.
  • Determining if you have what it takes. 
  • Getting experience.
  • How to prepare.
  • Marking up scripts.
  • Research.
  • Creating voices.
  • Handling sex scenes.
  • How to behave in studio. 
  • Challenges and troubleshooting.
  • Marketing yourself.
  • Future-proofing.

Storyteller - How to Be an Audio Book Narrator is for people who want to get started in the audio book business or who want to learn more about what they have to do to get there. But it's also intended as a guide for narrators already in the business, who might pick up a few tricks and techniques to help them become even better at their craft.  

This audiobook gives you tools to develop your unique talent, helping you on your way to what might be one of the best jobs in the world.

©2018 Lorelei King and Ali Muirden (P)2018 Creative Content Ltd

Featured Article: How to Become an Audiobook Narrator


So, you want to learn how to become an audiobook narrator, but don't know where to start? Say no more—we've come up with a simple guide on everything you need to know about this type of vocal art. Starting with basic information about how audiobook narration works, you’ll find techniques and skills to build upon, practical advice on breaking into the field and finding audiobook narrator jobs, and some guidance for long-term career planning.

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Respect!

Have been an audiobook book fan since 2000 and a Lorelei King fan since discovering Charley Davidson and First Grave, back when it was the only Grave book! In Storyteller, Lorelei and Ali pull together how they, and so may others, do what they do, to bring to life the stories we enjoy.
Not just for those interested in becoming an audio book narrator, but for anyone who enjoys a good listen and have ever been curious how it’s done.

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I feel so much more prepared!

I found this book through an interview that Lorelei did (somewhere on the internet) and so I knew I had to listen to it! I am an avid reader and was thinking about audiobook narration because I have so many skills that align with the industry. BUT I hate the sound of my voice on recording. I've realized that after listening for a bit it's just because I wasn't used to it and I tend to get nervous and really rush my speech. Listening to this book, especially the outtakes, made me feel so much better. I know I have a natural inclination for storytelling and now I just have to work out the technical bits and practice practice practice. Thank you for this book!!

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Storyteller Supreme

There can be no better way to learn about the art of being a Storyteller than by listening to the Master Storyteller herself. A brilliant introduction to the joys and challenges of the audiobook narration.

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very helpful

This book covers all aspects of narrating audiobooks. Great information and delivered in an interesting yet easy to interpret way.

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Informative and well narrated

The authors are both experienced and well versed in the art and business of audiobook narration. The information they present is valuable to novice and expert alike

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Great information and lively narration

I loved this audiobook! Great tips. It was a wonderful narration and very informative about a timely topic.

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Informative & Enjoyable!

This was very informative and enjoyable. There were so many really good tips for beginners and those with a little experience. I like that we had a chance to hear the producer's tips as well.

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Solid on Performance Art

King offers a great overview of the performance art in a succinct, yet sufficient manner. The only thing lacking is the business side such as realities of compensation or the time and tools for those that edit their own narration. I don't have real numbers, but I'd suggest the vast majority of new narrators will be doing their own editing at first.

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Inspiring

This book has motivated me to continue pursuing voice over narration. Definitely recommend this great book.

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Great Introduction to Voice Overs

Thank you for putting this book together and sharing your experiences. As I begin my own journey narrating my own children’s chapter book series, Fraydo The Dragon, I learned valuable narration tips on character voice development and story telling techniques.

It will be a challenge but I look forward to fearlessly digging into the project (thanks to your encouragement).

Courtney Spain Aragon
IG: @CSA Story Tribe
CourtneySpainAragon.com

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Very helpful and inspiring

I really enjoyed this book. it was great to hear examples and demonstrations. I'd recommend this to anyone that is thinking of narrating a book.

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  • 02-04-19

Must listen for new narrators

An excellent guide for anyone planning to become a professional audiobook narrator. Short and to the point but still packed full if tips to help you find your full potential. Insight from both a professional narrator and an audiobook producer.

Although this book is aimed at people wanting to make a living as a narrator, it's also relevant to authors interested in narrating their own books.

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Extremely helpful book for narrators

Very grateful to have discovered this book-extremely helpful tips on character creation and very inspiring new ideas on how to differentiate between characters in a book. Thank you so much to Lorelei and Ali for generously sharing their wisdom, anecdotes and tips from the top. Very much appreciated.