When I was asked to provide the narration and all of the character voices for a new audio book, but in the style of a radio play, it seemed to me that there may be a growing trend in this kind of project. I had recorded a similar type of audio book a while back, The Books of Zyzagarus, by Dean Cook, which was enormous fun…but more of that one in another blog post..
Generally, audio books tend to be straight audio narration pieces. Any character voicing tends to be very much part of the narration.
So what’s the definition of a ‘radio play style audio book’ that sets it apart from the standard audio book? The best way to explain it is that the characters speak as if taking part in a radio play, including voicing various bits of character ‘business’ and atmospherics that enhance the script, accompanied by a narrator, but includes a full soundtrack, and some amazing sound effects, almost akin to a full cinematic production in sound quality – like sitting in a cinema but without the visuals!
As Lee Pritchard, (Media Music Now) and producer of my latest audio book, The Treebobs and the Dizzy Broomsticks, by Declan Harney, spoke about in his own blog post recently, not every audio book production is able to work on this kind of scale as they are particularly time intensive, and usually a little more costly due to the high production values of the project.
On the other hand, they are considerably more economical than using a large scale production team involving a multitude of professionals, including several voice overs rather than one! It took just 3 of us; the author, the producer, and myself as the voice over. That said, it’s hard work, but the end result is usually worth it.
The audio CD version of The Treebobs and the Dizzy Broomsticks, by Declan Harney, and independently published by Tales4All is now available instore and online from Waterstones, WH Smiths, and of course, Amazon.
The second book in the Treebobs series, The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron, is now in progress. If you’d like to be kept informed as and when the next book becomes available, please sign up to my mailing list, to receive notification, along with further releases and updates on other work I’m doing.