How to skillfully narrate an audiobook

An audiobook is an excellent digital product, that can be sold to people who don't have a lot of time to read what they want. Read our post on how to narrate an audiobook like a master!

how to skillfully narrate an audiobook

An audiobook is a narrated book. Also known as a “talking book”, this digital product is ideal to reach an audience that is interested in reading, but hasn’t got enough time and wants to do the “reading” while performing other activities, such as driving. Another interesting characteristic from audiobooks is that they are extremely suitable for people who are visually impaired since they are much cheaper and easier to find than their braille versions.

In this context, the narration of the digital product is extremely important for its success. To help you to develop a high-quality material and make your results soar, we have put together some tips on how to narrate an audiobook proficiently. Read on to find out what they are!

The Script

The first step for a good narration is, doubtlessly, to have a good script. You and the other narrators, if there is a need for others, will base your narration on this material.

You should present tips in this script on how to clearly pass on the information. Using techniques that will help the interlocutor to conduct the interpretation will bring about a better result. To do so, you have to consider some elements of narrative structure in your text:

  1. Time: this element encompasses the period in which the text is being narrated. Your script can be comprised of different periods of time, such as quotes from previous moments or predictions. Taking this item into consideration in your narration may be crucial for the listener’s perfect understanding;
  2. Space: it should be defined earlier in the narrative so that the audience knows where they are. In case these spaces are altered in the course of the content, remember to make it clear for the listeners so they understand the plot;
  3. Plot: this is the content itself. It encompasses beginning, middle, and end.
  4. Characters: maybe you’re wondering if you should create characters for the narration of your digital product. Even if it’s not a romance, defining who the characters are, such as an interlocutor or having a different narration for the cases being presented, would definitely make it easier for the listeners to differ them from the main content;
  5. Introduction: very important to explain to the listener right from the start what the content presented will be about;
  6. Climax: this is the apex of the plot. The moment or part of the narrative where all the facts are brought together so the listener can begin to come to conclusions.
  7. Conclusion (or outcome): this the moment in which all the loose ends in the content are dealt with.

When the script is ready, it’s time to get to work!

Rehearsing the script will prevent you to have to rework it. Practice in front of the mirror, with family and friends until you feel comfortable enough to record.

Do a test with a small part of the script. After it’s been recorded, listen to the material using headphones. Now, it’s time to pay close attention to what can be improved. Breathing, volume and tone of voice, accent, stutters and clarity in passing on the information are some of the issues that should be taken into consideration.

Ask someone you trust to listen to the recording and then give you an honest feedback about it. This feedback is crucial for your development as a narrator.

Search for role models

Look for renowned narrators or audiobooks you can use as a reference. Listen, analyze and notice the differences between your material and those from professionals in the market. Use this as a laboratory and learn from those who are already well-established.

Keep hydrated

With the workload, your vocal chords will need to be hydrated. Always have a lot of fluids at hand during the recording session. And preferably, at room temperature. Avoid coffee, fizzy drinks, and dairy drinks. Saving your voice a few days before the recording will also help.

Find an appropriate place to record

The location where you will record plays a very important part in the outcome of your narration. Therefore, find a place that is comfortable and free from the interference of external noise that may break your concentration and spoil the audio quality.

Avoid doing something else at the same time you are recording, such as using some software or a notebook. This may affect your voice and intonation, and the listeners will be able to notice it. Get away from anything that might distract you.

Maintain a good posture

Recording standing on your feet makes it easier to breathe, which helps a lot. If you prefer the sitting position, make sure you sit up straight and keep your chin out. The narration will flow much better!

Did you like our tips? Now you just have to put them into practice when recording your audiobook and start making money! If you know more tips we haven’t mentioned in this post, please let us know in the comments section below!