Why Musical Theatre Prepared Me For Audiobooks

A few weeks ago, I was involved in a fascinating discussion about corrections and preparation in audiobook narration. Some excellent colleagues of mine didn’t entirely agree with my point of view over the role of the proofer. Some of my colleagues expressed a dislike of overly detailed prep, preferring instead to focus on their sight-reading virtuosity and a meticulous 1st Pass Edit before sending their work to a proofer. For me, this doesn’t work.

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How Studio Cat Learned To Collaborate

Studio Cat’s predecessor was a loner. She’d had a tough upbringing on the street and had learned not to trust anyone. When we rescued her, it took her a very long time to trust us. Eventually she became an affectionate companion, but she never, ever lost her intense dislike and mistrust of other cats.

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Why I Finally Embraced Being A Retro Gamer

I’ve been playing video games for 35 years. I started on the Atari Star Wars Cabinet on Brighton Seafront in 1984. Five years later I spent Christmas morning setting up my brand-new Commodore 64. Since then I’ve ridden the curve through every subsequent generation: Amiga, N64, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Switch. 

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Trial By Emote

I am sitting in a sushi bar in Kings Cross watching the world continue without me for a few minutes. I try to eat my maki rolls but it hurts to swallow. I thought Sushi was a safe option for my burning larynx. But even soft rice and fish goes down like I’m swallowing barbed wire. It crosses my mind that my larynx might be bleeding. What the hell happened to me?

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Correcting The Read: Why Making “Mistakes” Are Good For Your Narration

I was talking to one of my favourite proofers the other day. She was marvelling at how a narrator whose work she had recently been proofing had required only one correction. For anyone who doesn’t understand the parlance, correction in audiobooks refers to a mispronounced word, extraneous noise or inconsistent character voice that has been picked up on by the audiobook proofer.

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The Booming Voice Of Bond - Casino Royale Live

At the end of September, I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of Casino Royale Live at the Royal Albert Hall. For those of you wondering why I was attending a world premiere of an 11-year-old film at a concert hall allow me to explain. The Royal Albert Hall has for a few years now been staging very special presentations of famous films. These presentations are special because the film’s score is played live by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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Dan Dare - The Audio Adventures, How to Make a Modern Classic

In November, I had the great privilege of being invited by my dear friend Rachael Naylor to the press launch of a new audio drama series produced by B7 Media and distributed by Big Finish (“We love stories”). The audio drama in question was a revival of Dan Dare. Beloved by readers of Eagle comics, the original stories ran from 1950-67. So enduringly popular were the adventures of Colonel Dare that he has returned several times since the original run ended.

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