Libba Bray: the truth about audiobook narration

Hilarious MC of the Audies Awards, winning the Printz & Audie, and now #audiomonth documentary filmmaker. Is there anything Libba Bray can’t do? The divine Ms. Bray rocked the house as she hosted the Audio Publishing Association‘s annual Gala event last week, where the 2014 Audie Awards were announced. The audience of narrators, producers, directors, publishers, judges and audiobook fans howled with recognition as Bray shared the video below, which reveals the truth about the grueling task of  narrating her 2012 “Best Narration by the Author” Audie Award-winning Beauty Queen – one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. Luckily, I able to attend the Audies ceremony where Libba Bray not only screened this amazing video, but also was entranced by Bray’s chanteuse skills as she sang a heartfelt, sultry torch song honoring all things audiobook. Now I’m on a quest for a video of that performance – or at least the lyrics – to share with you. 

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Bray interviewed herself about recording Beauty Queens for Scholastic Audio, and had this to say:

Q: You also recorded the audio book for this one. Was that a fun experience?
A: Very much so. I’m indebted to the amazing team of director Bob Deyan, producer Paul Gagne, and engineer Mark Ahronson, who really led the way. In the booth, I discovered that my New Zealand accent stinks, my English accent isn’t any better, and by hour eight or nine, even my American accent wasn’t too keen. Also, in the future, I will only be writing three-word sentences. I’m sorry for all the tongue twisters, audiobook recording people! Much respect.

And now for the shocking video footage:

Libba Bray: How To Narrate An Audio Book from Wheelhouse Communications on Vimeo.



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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  1.' YvonneJ says:

    “…also was entranced by Bray’s chanteuse skills as she sang a heartfelt, sultry torch song honoring all things audiobook.”

    I soooo want to see the video for this…..I’ll be keeping an eye out for it.

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