Narrator Spotlight – Abby Craden

Eargasms Narrator Spotlight Abby Craden

 

I hail from the East Coast but calls Los Angeles home. I have been performing for over 20 years on the stage as well as film/tv and Voice over. I’m a classically trained stage actress and a Resident Artist with the prestigious regional theatre A Noise Within and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Where I have had the great fortune to perform some of the great roles in the theatre such as Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Titania and many many more. I have recorded hundreds of audio books and have received two earphone awards as well as being named one of the best voices of 2012 by Audiofile Magazine. I can be heard in National TV and radio commercials, video games, animation and in ADR for tv and film. I am a Yogi and mother of an amazing 11 year old son who is an avid audio book listener. I believe it is truly a gift to be a storyteller and I am very thankful to those who listen.

 

Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain
When We Fall by Emily Liebert
Dangerous Temptations by Brooke Cumberland
 
 
 

 

 

 

1 – How did you get involved in recording audiobooks?
I began recording audio books as an extension of my voice over career about 7 years ago.  I was in the theatre with a wonderful narrator and he helped me get my foot in the door.
 
2 – What is your favorite thing about recording books?
My favorite thing is getting to bring to life the entire book-men, women ,children and also to step outside as the narrator. I feel a true collaboration with the author and love bringing the words off the page.
 
3 – Do you have a favorite genre or author to record?
Any great writing is good for me.
 
4 – What do you think is the most important part of the recording?
I think the tone of the book, the musicality and rhythm of the author. As well as being really present with all the characters and putting yourself fully in the service of bringing the book to life.
 
5 – Do you have a narration superpower? Awesome accents, infusing emotion, super-fast read? What is your best trick? I guess infusing emotion and moving from one character to the next in dialogue sections that feels seamless to the listener. I think I do pretty good men as my low tones lend themselves well and I have gotten some feedback that I’m good at the sexy scenes -again could be my low husky tones.
 
6 – What was your favorite book to read so far? And why?
My favorite book so far has been
The Silk Road by Jane Summer. It’s a beautiful book and I loved her writing. It had very little dialogue and the words and emotion of the story just soared off the page. There’s a wonderful journey I can go on when narrating a great book, time just disappears and I’m really transported by the story.
 
7 – What was your most challenging read? What made it so difficult?
I think some of the non-fiction “Living with ADHD” mainly because it was very long and a bit dry.
 
8 – Is there a book out there that you desperately want to do the narration for, that elusive dream job?
I’d love to do a Gillian Flynn book-I think I have a lot to offer her style of writing and characters.
 
9 – Do you have a ritual or routine when you are recording a book?
Comfy clothes, lots of tea and sometimes my quiet dog in the booth warming my feet.
 
10 – What is a fun fact people might not know about you?
I love to start my recording day with a great yoga class and finish it with a nice glass of Cabernet.
 

 

 

Two winners will get their choice of one of Abby’s reads from the Tantor Media Library.
To enter the giveaway you must comment below with a relevant question or heap fan love on the narrator. Don’t be surprised if you get a reply on the day of the posting, most narrators will be checking in throughout their day. You have the whole month to enter, winners will be drawn on New Year’s Day. You can check in on the beginning post to see all the narrator in order. If you want to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway use the Rafflecopter on that page as well. Good luck and happy listening!!!

36 Responses

  1. I absolutely love this time of year with Eargasms. A narrator everyday. I listen to lots and lots of audiobooks, so I’m always eager to hear about new ones out there. Eargasms makes it so easy.

    I listened to the sample of Abby Cradden in EVERYTHING MATTERS. Her voice portrays the angst and vulnerability of the character, leaving me fearful of what comes next. Great job, Abby. I’d love to sample one of your books as a giveaway. I’d get both the experience of a new author and new narrator.

  2. Susan T. says:

    Do you prefer acting on the stage or recording audiobooks and doing voice-overs? I would totally rather have a job I could do in my sweatpants, although being Cleopatra sounds pretty cool. 🙂

    • Abby says:

      I would have to say the stage since I get to be with an audience and feel that connection. Although working in my pjs is fun!

  3. Mary C. says:

    Do you have to audition for the narrator role?

    • Abby says:

      Most times I’m just offered a book by a producer or author who know my work but yes once in awhile I have to audition.

  4. julie says:

    Do you travel a lot to do narrations

    • Abby says:

      No-mostly from my home booth but occasionally I record at a studio in LA. That would be fun to travel and record I’d love it .

  5. imbulky says:

    I always ask this to narrators… Have you done a duet narration yet or considered it? I love the dual narrations. They are so much more realistic. What a great selection of titles you have done so far!

  6. Jen B says:

    As you’ve recorded so many audio books I wondered if there are any you look back on and wish you had done differently?

    • Abby says:

      Yes-sometimes time is a factor, there is no rehearsal time you just prep a a book and begin and sometimes working alone you hear things if you listen back and wish you had gone slower or made a different character choice. But mainly I have to trust myself and just go on the journey with the author.

  7. Sophia Rose says:

    That is neat that you are a yogi and actress along with a narrator. Pretty amazing to keep up with all that. How hard is it to juggle these roles?

    • Abby says:

      It is hard sometimes to get it all in but it feels really necessary for me to stay balanced and yoga does that. My biggest challenge is working alone so much I think actors (different from writers) are really social creatures and love collaboration and community.

  8. Kim BookJunkie says:

    Hi! I am a fan, honored to sort of be sort of chatting with you! I’ve listened to the Harper Sloan audiobooks you narrated and thought your performance was +5 star! I love Megan Hart so I am excited to see that you narrated that one! I’m off to go add that to my Christmas list!

    Take care and keep up the amazing work!

    • Abby says:

      Thank you so much I really appreciate that!

      • Kim BookJunkie says:

        Not sure if you will be back to see this but wondered if you think you might read more by Megan Hart in the future???? Not sure if you can make requests or not but if you can, you have my vote!

  9. nrlymrtl says:

    I checked out The Silk Road by Jane Summer and that looks really interesting. I see Audible Studios produced it and I have not once been disappointed with one of their audiobooks. Just curious, how did you get into yoga?

    • Abby says:

      I was dealing with some tough things ( losing my mom to cancer ) and I really needed a way to release stress in my body. I can’t tell you how amazing yoga is for mind, body balance . I was an absolute beginner a few years ago and just stuck with it-and the changes are immeasurable.

  10. shadow says:

    Oh! I love a lot of those books! Bully was my very first audio book. Its what addicted me! lol Awesome job! Question, do you ever want to yell, cry, laugh out loud with the books? Do you do a lot of re-recording?

    • Abby says:

      Yes sometimes I’ll stop and laugh or emotionally things affect me -but if I do I have to stop and re-record so I try to stay focused. You sort of just go and stop if you feel you’ve made a mistake or want to do dialogue a little differently but it’s a long process and there’s a deadline when the book is due. I’m glad your an audio book fan!

  11. Looks like I need to move “Hell on Wheels” further to the top of my TBR Mountain. 🙂

  12. Heather R. says:

    Hello. I am a fan of Sally MacKenzie, and I see that you narrated several of her book. Which was your favorite? Also, I listened to a sample of Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore that you narrated. Your English accent is so convincing that I am surprised that you are American. Impressive!

    • Abby says:

      Thank you, being a Brit isn’t easy and definitely takes some practice getting the accent believable. I actually liked Confessions of an Improper Bride best-I found it really interesting to work on. I’ve done a lot of British accents for the theatre and it definetely came in handy.

  13. Alexisa says:

    Have you always enjoyed audiobooks?

  14. Lexi says:

    You are a new narrator for me, looking forward to getting to check out the books on the list

  15. Lilmissmolly says:

    You are a new narrator to me. Looks like you’ve narrated some good ones. I love historical romance and Sally Mackenzie is one of my favorites!

  16. Janie McGaugh says:

    I’ve listened to a couple of the books you’ve recorded and enjoyed them, as well as the samples above.

  17. I am just getting into audio books and am loving all these narrators!

  18. Cyndi says:

    I love love love your work! I have listened to a ton of your audiobooks! Thank you for bringing books to life for us audiobook lovers! Do you have any contact with the authors when you are narrating for them? If so, Do you find it helpful? Happy New Year!

    • Abby says:

      Thank you so much! I do have contact with authors or their agents. If I have questions about the book as I’m prepping it they are usually very available to help.

  19. JoAnna B says:

    There are many authors on my TBR pile in your list.
    I love series. Of the series you have recorded which would you recommend for a listener new to your work?

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