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  • Writer's pictureAnnalee Scott

Audiobook performances are like a one-person-show

One of the coolest things about being a narrator is the range of characters we get to play. Not only do we get to bring to life wraiths, elves, demons, werewolves, and space aliens (in addition to humans, of course)...but we get to play all of them in a scene together at once. This can be tricky, when you need to abruptly shift between distinct personalities and contrasting emotions, but once you get the flow just right it's a magical experience akin to a one-person-show.

If you have ever seen a one-person-show, you might have noticed the actors use specific postures and facial expressions to switch between characters in order to give them their own look and sound. At first, you might be very aware of the fact that it is there is only one person on stage and you might even be skeptical that you're going to be able to immerse yourself in the story. However, after a little time passes, you begin to actually see characters in front of you, and before you know it you will forget it's just one person up there and truly believe you are watching different individuals on stage.

Audiobooks are similar, and while we may not have a live audience watching the transformation occur in realtime, if we do our job well, you will get lost in the story and feel like the characters are right there with you.


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