Audiobook production is a great way to turn a written book into a recorded narrated audiobook. With the right narrator, the book can be brought to life and really make it stand out in a crowded marketplace.
With audiobook production you have a couple of options to consider, you can either record the audiobook yourself and give it a more personal voice, or have the production recorded with your chosen voice over or actor.
Regardless of what anybody tells you, you will want the recording done in a professional studio by people who have made audiobooks many times before.
But why? Too often people go to studios that have never recorded an audiobook before, but assume that because they’re a studio they’ll know how to record a voice for spoken word.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case, recording a voice for spoken word is a very specific discipline.
Here’s a few examples of what many studios get wrong.
Loud background noise recorded on the track, microphone bangs, clicks and pops. Words being wrongly pronounced with errors on the script being recorded.
So, make sure that the studio who records your audiobook has a good track record.
In regards to reading the book yourself or employing a professional narrator. Ultimately, it all comes down to your budget and what you personally want the audiobook to sound like. But if you decide to read it yourself, be aware that it’s a very focused discipline, not at all like reading for pleasure.
Listed below is some of the frequently asked questions people have about producing an audiobook. Including some links to our current narrator pool.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why use OUR STUDIO TO Record your audiobook?
If you’re looking for an audiobook production recording, we have over 20 years experience in working for the biggest brands and broadcasters in radio and TV.
We have produced thousands of hours of audio for many publishers and independent clients. Including programmes for the BBC.
What STUDIO FACILITIES DO YOU HAVE?
We have a professional broadcast standard recording studio with an independent (sound proofed) voice-over booth.
Our studio facilities includes all modern technology to connect online, which is ideal for when a voice we recorded locally needs to re-read bits, but is no longer in our area.
Do you help with distribution?
Yes, but even self-published authors use their own distribution channels now.
The main one is ACX which is owned and ran by Audible who have around a 40% share of the marketplace. If you don’t know where to start, we will point you in the right direction.
How long does A book take to record?
An audiobook that has around 80,000 words takes between 3 to 4 days to record in full. But if you’re reading the book yourself it could take 5 to 7 days. These are intensive reading days from 9am till 5pm each day. Once the book has been recorded. Post production work takes between 2 to 3 weeks to finalise. Obviously all jobs vary in length.
As an author, can I read my own book?
Yes, but it’s important to remember that reading a book for audio delivery is a lot different than reading a book for pleasure in your own time. It’s a structured discipline that requires intense concentration for very long hours, whilst keeping very still, focused and enthusiastic.
How is the audiobook provided?
Whether you require the audio in just its raw form only, or fully edited, produced and mastered.
We can deliver the audio in any file format you require and provide a full download link with all downloadable files.
What voices are available?
We have a good working relationship with many of the UK’s top voice agents and can source any actor to read your book, be it male or female.
We also have our own database of locally based actors and narrators who we’ve worked with on a variety of audiobooks. Some of these narrators are listed below. Just click on their headshot to view their page and listen to their sample.
What is the cost of this service?
Audiobook costs vary depending on the number of words that need reading.
So, if you’re looking for a costing, you need to consider two things. How many words will need to be read, and will the book be read by the author or a professional narrator. Once you know this information, then drop us a line and we will provide a free no obligation quotation.