I’ve been recording audiobooks for more than 30 years. I’ve recorded over 500 titles on all sort of things. I’m a sort of genre-free recording artist – classics and romances, I just finished a sci-fi book, self help… just all kinds of things.
Nothing taxes an actor more thoroughly than a good audiobook.
I’m always telling students when I do a master class on audiobooks: ‘Watch Meryl Streep. Watch her disappear into a role; watch what she does.’
As I read, I start to form clear ideas of the characters and allow myself to be a proper conduit for this author’s voice so that you will feel you have been on a seductive audio journey.
I went to Disney World for the first time, and I got an ice cream cone. The kid at the booth recognized me and started tweeting… It was the first time in my life someone handed me ice cream for acting.
Each author has his or her own voice. I read each book slowly so I can see the patterns they use to spread out the garden of earthly delights.