I am very excited to bring you the interview with my fabulous narrator, Joel Leslie.
I think you’ll be surprised to know that he spends most of his time, not in front of the curtain, but behind it.
That made me think about taking a stab at audiobooks.
Weirdly the “being in your head” and the director background is incredibly helpful for audiobook work. I dove into in March of last year…and now I’ve done about 50 books.
As a narrator I’m basically shaping the entire ‘performance’ – casting it in your mind, shaping the pace and arc of the story, and directing your own performance. I’m really excited about how things are going and I’ve forged some relationships with some amazing authors.
I worked in the West End for a while and then in New York as an assistant director and a director.Then on page 220 they finally mentioned one of the lead characters was black. Most narrators would say this is NOT good – but with Skyler I like to discover the mystery unravelling as he does. But I do multiple takes of each line…I’m very, very didactic. So it’s not like I’m just reading it for the first time… discover the paragraph in the moment, then go back and do it while the impression is informed but still fresh. When my editor (who happens to be my über patient boyfriend) goes back to cut everything together, he can just look for the spike on the visual audio graph, then he can find the exact place I mean him to trim. but now that my style has evolved I try to keep the narrative much more specific and connected.But that’s because Haley and I are now on book six… We’ve included a video with this interview—which is hilarious to watch—and there is a clicking sound you produce when you try out different ways to read. Otherwise he would have to listen to fifty different versions of the same line. On average, how long does it take you to record a whole book? So my output is less but I think the work is better.What’s vitally important is not which – but rather, to not opt for Pharisaical rules but find Biblical principles.These books have been carefully selected from many writings on the topic, to point families to the resources that are solidly biblical in their approach to boy-girl relationships and which will help them prepare for a long and solid marriage.