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  • 1. TASK 1
  • 2.
    • A sound recording of some spoken material (ie a book, commentary, guide , talk)
    • NB: Can be original (ie not necessarily an audio version of a book!)
  • 3.
    • First developed in 1932; to help blind adults & visually impaired (ie partially blind) people.
    • Give the blind a greater choice of books that are not written in Braille .
    • R.N.I.B ( www.rnib.ork.uk ) (UK’s leading charity!) offer support to > 2m sight impaired people.
  • 4.  
  • 5. The Talking Book Service (TBS)
    • The TBS of the R.N.I.B provides an extensive range of audio books (recorded in modern studios , professional narrators & authors to bring audio books to life.)
    • TB’s provide entertainment & information for the blind,
    • but TB’s also designed for a range of people that are not blind!
    • eg visitors from another country,
  • 6.
    • Popular tourist attractions
      • (eg Madame Tussaud’s wax museum)
      • (eg Open Top Bus Tours (most big cities)
    • Other museums & galleries or
    • Ancient buildings - (these guides give visitors a general idea on the culture and history.)
  • 7.
    • Audio guides must suit their purpose , so their content might be, eg:
    • General info . about a tourist destination,
    • Directions to attractions in a city (eg which bus or train to take.)
    • Educational for museums or galleries that explain different objects on display.
    • Very useful for language study – eg can hear the correct pronunciations.)
  • 8.
    • Both informative & educational audio guides must also be entertaining and suitable to all ages.
    • This means that the content & use of language should be simple & easy to understand.
  • 9. Audience:
    • Generally audiobooks are produced for everyone – but producers do need to consider audience eg: age range , gender , ethnicity , culture & language .
    • A broad variety of print books are already available as audiobooks (ie genres such as: fiction, non-fiction, comedy, classics, biographies, self-improvement(like memory development), children’s books, thrillers, drama, mystery, poetry and languages.)
  • 10.
    • Audiobooks are very useful on long journeys , (eg where reading is not advisable because of sickness.)
    • Classic authors recorded include (eg
    • Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol)
    • Mark Twain (Tom Sawyer & Huckelberry Finn ),
    • Jane Austen ( Sense and Sensibility (1811),
    • Pride and Prejudice (1813) .
  • 11.
    • Today’s increased emigration opens up a growing market for translating audiobooks into different languages.
    • The production quality - depends on the market demand (currently an increase in market demand – due to: easier access, increased variety, best sellers.
    • General consumers are starting to realise the advantages of audiobooks. of course the blind or partially blind benefit the most, because they don’t have any other choice.
    • People with dyslexia and dyspraxia, find them helpful and entertaining.
  • 12.
    • ShelfLife:
    • Classic publications have a long shelflife (eg
        • Peter Pan ,
        • Lord of the Rings,
        • Moby Dick,
        • The Canterbury Tales III, etc.)
  • 13.
    • Quality Control
    • is problem detection . Examples:
    • reviewing all original master recordings for artistic quality ;
    • checking all masters for technical quality before duplicating copies;
    • checking all cassette/cd copies before they are circulated to consumers.
  • 14.
    • Quality Assurance
    • is problem avoidance . Examples:
    • all narrator candidates are required to pass a narration audition.
    • Making appropriate reference materials available for all staff involved in original master recording;
    • Using good quality tape/CD products for original masters, & cassette/CD copies;
    • thorough cleaning of equipment for all mastering & duplicating.
  • 15.
    • Skill set - for a narrator includes the following " performance tools ":
    • Script interpretation/analysis.
    • A range of creative delivery styles for portraying characters.
    • Consistency and stamina.
    • A lot of time goes into preparation for an audiobook performance. This includes:
  • 16.
    • pre-reading the material, (often creating a database of the characters to be voiced)
    • going through the manuscript to do " mark ups ", (ie putting accent/emphasis marks in.)
  • 17.
    • Voice Acting – requires that the overall performance flows well and is consistent .
    • The rhythm of each piece of dialogue , as it unfolds, must match the imagery of the (imaginary) scenes .  At the same time,
    • there must be delivery of emotion and characterization without overshadowing the story!
  • 18.
    • Emphasis can be applied through
    • inflection (or pitch/frequency/Hz,)
    • projection (volume - loudness or softness,)
    • tone of voice,
    • dramatic pause.
  • 19.
    • ( http://www.waynejune.com/audiobook_production_and_narration.htm#costs )
    • END