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The question I get the most about audiobooks

Here it is: “Hey John, do you have to pre-read a book before you go into the booth to record it?”

A: YES!  If I were cast in a play, I would never go rehearse a scene by cold-reading the script!  In kind, I always* pre-study the book, several times in fact, with a different focus each time.  I make notes about plot, characters, setting, culture, linguistics, etc.  Also, I always try and see if I can answer an important question for myself: Why did the author write this book?  If I can zero-in on that, it makes it much easier to get inside the author’s head as I perform their work.
* ‘Always,’ in this case, means “if at all possible.”  I mean, let’s face it – there are times when the project deadline is so tight (a matter of days) that several pre-reads are not possible or practical.  So, as everyone does in the real world, we do what we can.  But without a doubt, the best, most professional policy is study, study, study – THEN record!

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