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Audiobook blooper

Ever wonder what happens during recording? If you think those perfect audiobooks flowed error-free into the mic, this sound clip will change your mind – and make you laugh! Here’s the backstory to the recording of Hit by a Farm from Dog Ear Audio:

As a memoir writer, I’m used to sharing my mistakes, especially when they’re farm-related. But today I’m sharing an audio-related mistake. A blooper. The audio file is a blooper from when I recorded the audiobook of Hit by a Farm. 

In this blooper, I’ve forgotten how to say the word, ‘iron.’ Remember I’d been closed up in a little sound booth for days, with no contact with the ‘outside’ world but a 12×12 inch window so I could see the sound engineers, etc. I’d been talking for days. My mouth muscles had started to lock up. I began hating every word I’d written. And normal words began to look like alien things I’d never seen before… like ‘iron.’ Look at that word. Of course it’s i-ron.

Quick note: The clicks you hear between ‘takes’ are made with a dog training clicker. When I wanted to redo a sentence, I’d click, and this created a spike in the file so it would be easy to find and make those repairs later.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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