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.
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