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NLS Other Writings
Art and Science of Audio Book Production
Issued September 1995
Evaluation of Narration
Among many elements that must be considered when the narration of an audio
book original master recording is evaluated, the following are judged to be
the most important:
- The narration skillfully conveys the sense of the text to the listener
at all times, including the emotional level and other elements appropriate
to the needs of the text.
- The narration distinguishes narrative form from dialogue and characters
from each other through effective use of timing, stress, emphasis, inflection,
and other appropriate skills of the speech arts; and all character voices
possess the same ease, flow, and vocal range as the normal narrative voice.
- The narration is free of strained, unclear, inconsistent or overplayed accents,
dialects, or character interpretations.
- The narration is accomplished in a conversational manner free of stilted,
mechanical, monotonous, or repetitive patterns of delivery that are not called
for in the text.
- The narration is accomplished at a pace that is appropriate to the needs
of the text.