Audiobook Narrator: Do Listeners Find You
InterestING Or InterestED? They'll Hear It ...
March 2, 2017
By Jim Conlan
Voice Actor, Audiobook Narrator, Coach
What makes a story interesting?
For years I’ve been saying that if what you’re narrating matters to you, it will matter to your listeners. But how do you make it matter?
Logically, you might say (and I’ve heard many say it) that you need to "be interesting.”
Well… OK… but have you ever tried to "be interesting”? I have. Any number of painful dating experiences comes to mind.
By when trying to be interesting I was putting the attention on myself, not on the other person.
CHANGE YOUR FOCUS
So, what if we changed the adjective a little: instead of trying to be "interesting,” how about being "interested”?
Whether you’re narrating an account of the murder of Robert Blake’s wife (did that) or the ascent of Mt. Ararat (did that) or an hour-by-hour description of the taking of the Scheldt River Estuary in WWII (yeah, did that, too), you’ll keep your listener’s attention in proportion to how interested you are in what you’re narrating.
In practice it works sort of like this:
Before you narrate a single chapter, adopt the attitude that you hope your listener will have: be curious.
The result is that, instead of trying to sound interesting, you’re sharing a mutually interesting experience. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?
James Conlan is a narrator with nearly 70 fiction and non-fiction titles. He has trained dozens of extremely interesting audiobook narrators.
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