PETER PIPER PICKED: RECORDING THE AUDIOBOOK

BethrecordingThere’s that expression: “Wherever you go, there you are.”  I’m not completely sure how it applies here, but I’ll figure it out eventually.  It was a true thrill to record the Cascade Falls audiobook, a testament to the talents of world class actress, Beth Broderick.  (As many of you know, I also had the good fortune to work with Jason Alexander on my first audiobook, Elevating Overman.) Yet as wonderful as both of these experiences were, there were instances throughout the process where I received icy stares through the glass booth, followed by the sentiment, verbalized or not… “How do you expect anyone to say this line?”  Full disclosure: I didn’t.  I never even thought about it. That was my TV life.  One of the reasons I started writing novels was to be able to play with language; invent prose that was lean or fanciful as the scene dictated. Never once did I think about someone having to read it aloud.  Should I have thought of it?  I’m not sure.  The difficult passages weren’t dialogue, but description — the novelist’s bread and butter.  Part of me felt guilty that it might take seven takes to get a line right, but then, after we nailed it, the guilt started to disappear.  After all, this was my creation. The actors just have to understand that.  And yet… I find myself wondering if having watched them struggle with complex phrasing will make me change the way I write in the future. Will I subconsciously simplify in the interest of making my words more pronounceable? Or will I continue to elucidate and expostulate in the effulgent manner to which I have grown accustomed?  Your guess is as good as mine.

One thought on “PETER PIPER PICKED: RECORDING THE AUDIOBOOK

  1. Bruce,

    Don’t change your writing style to accommodate the audiobook. That messes with your creative style because you will hesitate. Hesitation doesn’t work well with the flow of writing… especially when you’re in the midst of a creative streak. Of course, you always go back and edit, but if you change the words to make it easier to read aloud, you may also dull some of the tiny details that made it great in the first place. Bruce, you’re good at what you do. Those who read it aloud will have to be professionals, too. Look the other way to avoid the stink eye!

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