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and Science of Audio Book Production > Job Description for Reviewer
NLS Other Writings
Art and Science of Audio Book Production
Issued September 1995
Job Description for Reviewer
The reviewer ensures the artistic and technical quality of recordings by reviewing
them for adherence to established procedures. The reviewer is the third member
of the production team and cannot have been involved with the narration or monitoring
of the master recording being reviewed. This requirement assures a different
ear for the review process. The reviewer is a full participant in quality assurance
procedures of master recording production.
The reviewer 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 listen effectively.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
- Ability to work well with others and to accept critiques from the narrator,
monitor, and studio director.
- Sensitivity to the difficulties involved in translating a printed text to
spoken communication, and an artistic appreciation of the written and spoken
- Fluency in the language in which the text is printed.
- Ability to use dictionaries and other reference sources.
- Reviewing recordings in their entirety for artistic and technical quality.
- Verifying that side announcements, duration of sound tracks, and record
level comply with established procedures.
- Verifying that sound tracks are free from any audible disturbance.
- Noting mispronunciations, omissions, substitutions, and transpositions.
- Verifying consistency of characterization, pronunciation and narration style;
and noting changes in energy level pacing, recording level, background ambience,
and any other audible characteristic.
- Making observations on artistic and technical qualities of the recording
that could be improved, but do not require correction.