So, my friend Russ is getting into voice work.
This is great on a number of levels. He never has time to read as much as he’d like, and prefers audio books. He’s not alone.
I loved audiobooks when I used to commute. A great audiobook is, in some cases, better than the read version. There’s nuances and inflections that you might not have even imagined with your eyeholes. To have someone read these things aloud not only exposes certain angles of the prose, it also provides a flavor you might not always get when reading silently. Take for example, Stephen Briggs narrating any Terry Pratchett novel. Or take the audiobook of THE DIAMOND AGE.
Reading aloud is also one of the go-to suggestions when editing your own work. Your brain picks up things your eyes miss when you hear the words aloud.
The last and best part was that Russ chose one of my own short stories to read, my most recent one, in fact. This story.
You can check out his fledgling voice narration here.