Back in 1983 when I first starting working steadily doing voiceovers, I had no idea that at one point 30 years down the road, my focus would shift to mainly narrating audiobooks. Of course, at the time I’d never heard of audiobooks, so there’s that.
The main thing I love about narrating audiobooks is that because I love to read, this gives me something to read every day. And because I’m hired by multiple publishers to narrate their books, I have ever changing subjects to read. I’m endlessly fascinated by people and events; so, I am always delighted to learn new things from the books I’m narrating.
Yes, narrating is hard work. It’s not like a commercial session where you’re in and out in 60 minutes or less. Each book takes several (sometimes MANY) sessions to complete and it’s important to keep the arc of the story going from beginning to end. But there’s such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment each time a book is completed.
I also love that the work can be very steady. I like to work and I love telling stories, so at least for me, narrating audiobooks is work for which I was born.