Narrating Music Audio Stories is a lot of fun! If you listen carefully to our stories, you will notice that the music is phrased with the narration and character voices, making it almost seem like songwriting rather than your standard audio book. This quality of writing words and sentences rhythmically was evident from my first audio book March of The Ants and has continued in every audio story I have written since. As with everything I do, I don't over think! This just happens naturally.
Once the story and score is written, I record the scratch track. This is the guide track that the actors will later follow when they do their voice-overs. From the guide track I have recorded, Adie cuts out the narrator's lines and I re-record the lines in my "narrators" voice! I record the narration in the same way I record singing, with one side of the headphones off my ears so I can hear my natural voice as I go.
Narration in any audio book is important but especially in a children's audio book because the storyteller's voice must be animated, expressive, dynamic and full of energy. Pronunciation is also important. Whilst I focus on these things as well as my performance, Adie is listening back in the control room and making sure I'm doing a good job!
I colour all of the character's lines on the script in different colours to make parts easier to read. I keep all the narration in black ink and even though I already know most of the lines, as I wrote them, I still need the script to guide me. I don't think of it as "reading" though! When you already know most of the lines it becomes more fluid and more of a performance. At first, as most people will say when they first hear their voice recorded, it was a little strange to hear my voice! For years I have heard my singing voice but never my speaking voice so it took some time to get used to.
The more audio books we made, the easier the narration became and now I absolutely love being the narrator of Music Audio Stories.
"Anna's narration went perfectly with the music. Her sing-song voice and accent made a pleasing combination I think children will enjoy along with their parents."
Sher A. Hart - Goodreads
"The narrator has a really soothing voice, which I’m sure not just kids, but everyone will appreciate. It’s like liquid gold. It’s expressive and had me smiling. Expressive and entertaining."
Priscilla Tan - Priscilla and her Books
"I loved the narrator’s expression in her story telling."
Kathryn Svendsen - Shelf Full of Books
"She reads with great spirit and enthusiasm. Her voice rises and falls in time to the music and story and her British-tinged reading adds a touch of class to the affair."
Steven Brandt - Audiobook-Heaven
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