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Art and Science of Audio Book Production

Issued September 1995

Enhancing Factors of Narration

The categories of enhancing factors are physical, mental, and artistic. An example of a physical enhancing factor is good coordination of muscles that control eye scanning across the
page. An example of a mental enhancing factor is good memory retention of the final line of text on a page. This ability helps maintain continuity of narration when turning pages. An example of an artistic enhancing factor is good verbal punctuation. It is print punctuation, intended for the eye, that gives intelligence and coherence to the printed text; but it is verbal punctuation, intended for the ear, that gives intelligence and coherence to the spoken text. Each primary component and enhancing factor has variables that combine to influence perception of narrator effectiveness.

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