Of Narrators and Narration

microphoneAs I’ve said before, I love audio books.  And it seems to me that one of the big reasons to love an audio book is the narrator reading you the story.

It’s been my experience that a bad narrator can ruin the whole book.  Reading an audio book goes beyond just doing the voices – the narrator has to give the characters life and individuality without the visual clues available to other actors.  Because of this, I’ve found some pretty good movie actors are not good audio book narrators.  In fact, some of the worst books I’ve listened to have big name actors as narrators.  It’s just a whole different animal.

Audio Books

audioWhen my sister and I were little, my mother used to read us books almost every night.  I especially loved it when she acted out all the parts.  She made up a song for “The Best Nest” that still haunts me, lo these many years later.

That’s probably one reason I love audio books so much.  It takes me back to when I was a little girl and my mom was reading (or singing) to us before bedtime.