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.