The whole experience has inspired me to try my hand at the narration for my first book, Believe. Normally I wouldn’t tackle such a project, given that I am hugely ignorant of all the intricacies of sound engineering and do not possess the skills to create a variety of character voices, as Jazmine does. But because Believe is such a personal story, and for the most part has two characters throughout, I thought I’d give it a shot. Final sound editing will most definitely be hired out.
Don’t laugh at me, but I’ve set up my little recording studio in my walk-in closet, and yeah, it gets a bit stuffy and warm in there. But after sending a couple of chapters to the sound engineer, he assures me the quality is sufficient for him to do his magic and make it meet Audible’s standards. When recording in a home “studio”, the following are some issues I’ve run into so far.
I’m sure Jazmine would be like, “Puh-lease! Try pronouncing the Indian names you included in Vegas to Varanasi, like Dashashwamedh and Manikarnika. Then we’ll talk.” Point taken.
All that being said, I now have a better appreciation for all that an audiobook entails and why they’re so bloody expensive. And given that I'm beyond sick of the music playlists I listen to while in my car - and on the rare occasions I make it to the gym - audiobooks are becoming a welcome change of scenery.