The concept of the audiobook grew out of the Books for the Adult Blind Program passed by Congress in 1931. Modern day audiobooks bestsellers read by professional narrators and celebrities for the general public were conceived in 1975 by audiobook publisher Books on Tape Inc., whose name became synonymous with the format.
Since then, audiobooks have become a multi-billion dollar industry, ever-evolving into different formats and keeping up with the latest technology.
A good audiobook narrator can draw the listener into the story and hold the listener's interest throughout, using a combination of acting skills, diction and expressive phrasing.
The narrator can give a subtle performance that doesn't necessarily entail doing specific character voices, but rather simply altering his or her voice just enough to distinguish between different characters.
On the other hand, the narrator can be more of a actor, creatively adapting a written work for audio enjoyment. This type of narrator uses an arsenal of character voices to bring the text to life, literally "acting" out the parts as if it were a play.
The type of narrator a book should have depends upon the book itself - the way it is written, the intent of the author, the content and emotion of the prose.
At Carasmatic Productions, we've overseen the productions of all types of audiobooks with all kinds of budgets and requirements. We can charge by the word, the page, or the finished hour. Please inquire directly as to our specific rates and availability.