025 How to Write & Narrate Better Audiobooks with Tom Parks

Here are the show notes for the most recent episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

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In episode 023, we talked about how every book should be an audiobook, but then left you hanging as to how. In this episode, we talk with Tom Parks who has narrated, directed, and produced over 400 audiobooks by authors like Rick Warren and Daniele Steele.


  • Walk us through the day in the life of an audiobook narrator?
  • What kind of books do you most enjoy narrating?
  • What kind of book makes for an amazing audiobook?
  • What recording advice do you have for authors who are reading their own books?
  • What are some of the common mistakes that you hear new narrators make?

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2 Responses to 025 How to Write & Narrate Better Audiobooks with Tom Parks

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 21, 2019 at 6:41 am #

    Some books beg you to read them,
    and some beg for narration.
    It’s kinda like the real-estate gem,
    location, location, location!
    There are descriptions born so rich
    that the words must all be savoured,
    like a Hudson River canvas which
    must be felt, and not belaboured.
    There’s action that can take its due
    from a voice that lends a colour
    to the swiftly ever-changing hues
    of a plot that print makes duller.
    To read, or hear a skillful voice,
    how wonderful to have a choice!

    For an example of a Husdon River School painting that really has to be ‘felt’, here’s Church’s ‘View Of Cotopaxi’, on display at the Art Institute of Chicago


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    Brennan S. McPherson May 21, 2019 at 7:51 am #

    His voice reminds me of a slightly higher-pitched version of Jim Rubart’s. Similar style of talking and pronunciation.

    4.5- 5 finished hours of an audiobook recorded in a day is a lot. Very taxing. Especially if he’s doing the editing/engineering himself (which he is). The most I’ve done in a single day is 3.5 (without doing the engineering). Obviously, he’s great at what he does, and has good breath support.

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