Having been through the audiobook recording process now for the first time, I want to share some of the insights I've gained along the way. In particular, I want to talk about the importance of preparing for the actual recording.
Woody Allen once said about screenwriting, that the writing was the easy part. He felt that all the hard work was done in the preparation - developing your characters, understanding the arc of your story, creating the back stories that bring depth to the heroes and villains. After he had all that stuff worked out, putting the story on paper was a piece of cake.
Voice acting isn't screenwriting, but I know now from first-hand experience that the more you've worked over the copy - marking it up where you need to add inflection and where you need to take a breath, making sure you have all of the pronunciations correct, developing the proper character voices - the better your read will be. If you've done your homework, the actual recording will go so much more smoothly and efficiently.
So get your pencil and eraser out and get to work. The better you understand the story and the style of the author, the better you'll be able to convey that meaning to the listener.
Here is the link to the audiobook I just completed:
Green Intelligence Audiobook
It's a great listen for anyone interested in how to protect yourself and your loved ones from environmental dangers. I really enjoyed narrating it, and I hope you enjoy listening!