FAQ

Can you provide a sample for my audiobook?

I am happy to read an audition for any serious project. Please use the contact form initially outlining what you have in mind for your title and we can then arrange a short (5 minutes or less) sample of my reading of your manuscript.

Can you do accents?

My natural accent is well-spoken British, a little more colloquial than “queen’s english” although I can also read in that style. I can do most British regional variations such as scottish, northern and southern irish, welsh, northern british, cockney, estuary, etc. I can also do other world accents such as french, german, dutch, scandinavian, eastern european, russian, spanish, Indian, Australian, etc. My american accent is not perfect but certainly fine for character voices, regional variations are possible but mostly i can do a “general” american accent.

Can you add special effects?

I can add any number of special effects and/or sound effects to a production if it is appropriate to the telling of the story. What i find in general is that most audiobooks do not require any effects whatsoever and in fact these can often be off-putting for the listener. The art of audiobook narration is to tell the story in a way that brings the text to life in the mind of the reader. If it is necessary to rely on extra sounds or effects apart from my own voice, then i’m not doing my job properly! Bear in mind that a dramatized production of a story with full cast (such as a radio production) is an entirely different thing to a narrated audiobook.

Can you add music?

Music is my other great passion in life, so yes! I can add music of your choice to the finished production, or select royalty-free music. I can also offer original music for your project, although this would be additional to the narration and would have to be discussed on separate terms.

How long will it take to produce my audio book?

As a rule-of-thumb each finished hour of audio can take anywhere between 5 to 10 hours to produce, depending on the nature of the project. It is unlikely that your project will be the only one I’m working on at any given time, so it’s very hard to give a generalized answer to this question. When you contact me for a quote i will be able to give a realistic time-frame based on the length of the project and my current work-load. If you have a specific deadline in mind, i can work to that, but will not make unrealistic assurances i can’t deliver on.

Do you do voice-overs and commercials?

As a rule, no. In general commercial voice-over requires a specific skill and voice-type that i do not possess. That said, it is quite possible that my style of voice and narration may be suitable for an advert or voice-over, so please listen to my samples and consider joining my mailing list so you can keep up to date with any new samples or projects i produce. I might have just the thing you need!

Do you do video work?

I can provide narration or voice-over for video. However, I do not offer video-sync or lip-syncing to video.

Is there a minimum or maximum project length?

No. I’m happy to read anything from a short poem to a 3 volume epic.

 


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