As a few of you may know, I do voice work as one of my sidelines to writing, recording online adverts and the like (you can check out some of my earlier efforts here). So I thought it would be nice to finally put it out there and record an audio version of one of my books.
In the past when I’ve done voice work, I’ve just gone into the studio and said what I needed to, and left a sound engineer-type person to edit and master it. But nowadays I have my own recording setup in my flat, so I decided to do it all myself for a change. I deliberately chose 47 Amazing Things to See and Do in Colombia as my first book, it being relatively short.
Narrating audio books isn’t all plain sailing, and just because you’re reading your own content doesn’t mean that you always get it right. In fact here’s me struggling with one of my own turns of phrase that seemed relatively innocuous when written down:
But I got there in the end. So now it’s out there for sale via Audible (or indirectly via Amazon) – 1 hour and 32 minutes of me yakking on about the various highlights of Colombia. If you want to know what I sound like, then there’s one right there on the page.
Audible itself is pretty cool, as they do a free trial, entitling you to a single audio book. If you’re thinking about going to Colombia then this might be a good use of that free trial. If you’re not, then – honestly – pick something else! Unless you really, really like the idea of me talking about the specifics a place that you’re not going to go to…
At some point I’ll be recording an audio version of Dancing Feat, although it may be some months away, as it’s a time-consuming process, and I don’t have the time available to consume as the moment.
That’s all really.