with Landon Beach and Scott Brick
In this Special Extended Bonus Episode, Anne chats with Landon Beach, the author of "Narrator", and Scott Brick, the narrator of the novel, to find out what makes a great narrator-author relationship. If you're a writer, you know your characters, you understand their motivations and their goals. Creating a standout audiobook means trusting an actor to take the story to new heights. That's why we love audiobook narrators! They bring our characters to life with their voices, and they do it so well that we feel like we're coming along for the ride. Landon spent months learning everything he could about Sean Frost, the protagonist in "Narrator" He researched Sean's hobbies, his interests, his personality—even his favorite color! Many details of Sean that didn't make it into the novel became essential for developing his character in Scott's voice. We discuss how Landon's deep research into the character of Sean Frost led him to fully embody the role, and how Scott's experience as a voice actor informed his understanding of the subtleties that make this story great. We also talk about how you might be able to use your skills, interests, and background to add new textures & experience to your work as a voice actor.
This week, Anne is joined by Landon Beach & Scott Brick, the writer and narrator duo behind the new psychological thriller, Narrator.
"I'm not a method actor, but I do really like to set the mood. I want to be sure my head is in the right space when I voice." - Scott
Landon Beach was born and raised in Michigan but now lives in the Sunshine State with his wife, two children, and their golden retriever. He previously served as a Naval Officer and was an educator for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer.
Actor, writer and award-winning audiobook narrator Scott Brick certainly knows how to tell a story, in a way that keeps publishers, best-selling and award-winning authors, critics and the public at large begging for more. Hailed by Audible in 2012 as their most prolific narrator, Brick has narrated almost 900 audiobooks including titles such as: Jurassic Park, the Jack Reacher series, Alexander Hamilton, the Hunt For Red October, The Passage trilogy, In Cold Blood, the Bourne trilogy, Atlas Shrugged, Helter Skelter, Fahrenheit 451 and the Dune series.
Top 10 Takeaways
Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:
Great audiobooks are made with great narrator-author relationships. #VOBOSS
The specificity that writers use in crafting a novel must be met by pronunciation & emotive specificity from the narrator.
Landon spent months learning all the details about Sean Frost, the protagonist. #VOBOSS
Many details figured out about Sean Frost never made it into the novel, but are essential for an authentic development of his character.
Landon learned the voice over world to be sure that all of the details were correct & would make sense for any voice actor reading. #VOBOSS
Scott focuses on the subtlety of characters & mood of the story before voicing them.
Scott consults other movies, music, and pop culture references that informed Landon’s vision of the story.
There are distinct moods for each genre. Watching or listening to other books & movies from that genre can put actors in the right mood to take on that role. #VOBOSS
Don’t run away from your previous background. Your experience could lead to narrating interesting books!
Try something that you wouldn’t normally do in the booth to get into character.
"I felt so at home while reading this book. It's so authentic & familiar." - Anne
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