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VOX Talk #61 - June is Audiobook Month (JIAM), APAC, Audies, Single Narrator VS Full Cast Audio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Welcome back to the VOX Talk podcast! In this episode, we're talking audiobooks, Audies and trends in terms narration. Are you seeing more full cast productions than ever before? Send in your thoughts to the VOX Box and get involved.

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Hi there and welcome to VOX Talk! I'm Stephanie Ciccarelli. If you're new to the show, it's been a long time since we last updated the feed. In fact, it's been 5 years! Since then, we've done a lot of growing at Voices.com and we also have a fresh new vision for VOX Talk. If you remember the original VOX Talk, you can look forward to The Loop, The Biz, Tech Talk and of course, the VOX Box where we answer listener questions. And now that we're caught up, let's find out what's in the Loop!

Happy belated Canada Day and a very Happy Independence day to our American listeners!

Last month was all about Audiobooks. JIAM, or June is Audiobook Month, celebrated narration and audiobooks in general. Some events that took place were the Audio Publisher's Association Conference and the Audies. Winners in the category of Audiobook of Year include:

Still Foolin' 'Em
Written and narrated by Billy Crystal
Published by Macmillan Audio

David and Goliath
Written and narrated by Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Hachette Audio

The Elephant Whisperer
Author: the late Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
Narrator: Simon Vance
Publisher: Tantor Media

Leadership Skills of the Salvation Army
Author: Robert Watson
Narrator: Bob Souer
Publisher: eChristian


To find out who the other winners were, visit the VOX Talk show notes or our Facebook page. Just look for VOX Talk Podcast.

The Biz

Solo Narrators VS Full Cast Audiobooks

Now, we're going to continue the conversation on audiobooks.

Recording audiobooks used to be straightforward. You found a narrator and hired them to tell the entire story. That said, times are changing. Have you been noticing a trend toward full casts narrating audiobooks?

For some publishers, it doesn't feel right having a full cast and can make the audiobook experience feel more like an audio drama. Other producer prefers to use multiple actors in an audiobook production because it creates a new theater-like experience for the audience.

Ultimately, the decision to have a full cast of characters or a single narrator (or two) depends on the demographics for the book and whether you want the audiobook to feel like an epic production or more like story-telling.

What do you think? Email your thoughts to stephanie@voices.com or comment on the VOX Talk Facebook page!

Tech Talk

Welcome to Tech Talk. In this segment, we'll discuss different aspects of production, learn about new technologies and trends in audio production. This segment truly yours to participate in. If you would like to contribute your thoughts, opinions and insights in this realm, let me know! I already have a few people lined up for future episodes but I want to hear from you, too! You can reach via email, Facebook or Twitter to let me know of your interest.


Summer's here, and that means, for many people, the opportunity to travel. Have you been on any trips lately, and if so, have you made use of audioguides? From previous experience, I've found them very helpful and have even written about them on our blog. If you would like to share about an experience narrating an audioguide or even making use of one, I'd love to hear from you. Send your audio feedback in the form of an MP3 to stephanie@voices.com and we may air your comments next week.

Thank you for listening and for staying subscribed. If you haven't yet subscribed, you can find the VOX Talk podcast in the iTunes podcast directory or continue the conversation on Facebook. Just look for the VOX Talk Podcast.

I'm Stephanie Ciccarelli. Thank you again for joining me and we'll see you next week.

Related Topics: APAC, Audies, Audiobooks, Billy Crystal, Bob Souer, eChristian, Hachette Audio, Macmillan Audio, Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Vance, Tantor Media


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