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NLS Other Writings
Art and Science of Audio Book Production
Issued September 1995
Job Description for Narrator
The narrator translates the written word to the spoken word in a way that is as
consistent as possible with the intent of the author.
The narrator works under the supervision of the studio director who assigns
tasks, sets priorities, and provides guidance on matters of studio policy.
- Good vision and hearing.
- Ability to pass a narration audition.
- Fluency in the language in which the text is printed.
- Ability to work well with others and to accept critiques from the monitor,
reviewer, and studio director.
- Discipline to achieve and maintain consistent narration performance for
all recording sessions.
- Ability to use dictionaries and other reference sources.
- Achieving a presentation that conveys the artistic emotional, and intellectual
range of the text.
- Conveying the sense of the text by handling the narration in the manner
most appropriate to the needs of the text.
- Ensuring correct pronunciation, which requires research in applicable sources
as well as judging when common usage should take precedence over correct dictionary
pronunciation, especially in novels.
- Handling characterization appropriately and consistently without underplaying
- Narrating the text without commenting on attitudes and opinions expressed
by the author.
- Achieving and maintaining a presentation that is consistent throughout all
- Writing accurate, concise descriptions for illustrations graphs, charts,
and tables when such graphic elements appear in the text.