You might have heard us say this before, but here at The Read-Aloud Revival, we believe that audio books count. Today we’re going behind the scenes to talk about how an audio book is made.

In fact, we often prefer reading books on audio. Listening to a good book, well-read, is a wonderful way to fill your child’s life with beautiful language.

In this episode of the podcast, I’m chatting with Lyssa Browne of Cedar House Audio Productions, about the process of making an audio book, voice acting and more.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how to keep your voice strong when reading to your kids
  • some of the tricks narrators use to create interesting voices
  • all about my experience recording The Read-Aloud Family

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Listener Guide

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  • 2:18  Meet Lyssa
  • 4:11  Discovering voice acting
  • 6:06 Early experiences with audio books
  • 8:14  Recording The Read-Aloud Family
  • 9:40 How the recording process works
  • 15:12 Narrating challenges
  • 18:32 Simple tips for voices and more
  • 20:46 How to keep your voice strong
  • 24:02 More about the audio creation process
  • 28:41 Books Lyssa has narrated
  • 32:04 Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“The whole process starts with reading the book.” – Lyssa Browne

“Now that I’ve recorded one, when I listen to an audio book these days, I have a new appreciation for all the work behind the scenes.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“My favorite thing to cheat at is to get the hard books as audio books as a listener because somebody has done all that work for me. They’ve figured out how to pronounce all of these words. Like a sci-fi book or a history book is brilliant as an audio book because somebody’s done all that hard work for you and you just get to enjoy and listen.” – Lyssa Browne

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Books from this episode:

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Episode 112
Hattie Big Sky
Duke (Dogs of World War II)
Hattie Ever After
Miranda the Great
Three Wise Cats: A Christmas Story
The Read-Aloud Family
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
The Giver
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1
Audacity Jones to the Rescue
The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

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