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"I think audio book readers are asking for trouble when they start doing "voices"."

.... unless the author is the one doing the reading. Eudora Welty read and recorded several of her short stories, including my favorite "Why I Live at the P. O." A treasure.

My reading rarely includes fiction, so the voice of the characters isn't all that important. The last audiobook I listened to was The Coldest Winter, written by David Halberstam and completed a couple of days before he was killed in an auto accident (10 years ago this week).

Side note: I happened to meet Halberstam a couple of years before he died. He was one of the most engaging and entertaining people you could ever hope to meet. A Pulitzer Prize winner full of humility.

Side side note: At the time, Halberstam's lovely brunette daughter was fresh out of college and had come south as a Teach For America volunteer for a couple of years. Had I not been married at the time, I most certainly would have pursued her affection.

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My favorite book to read to the kids when they were young was "Fox in Socks". I had several voices for the characters, including a very nasal one I made up for Mr. Knox.

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I love animation and emotion I do it in my head when I read and as bad as it it some times can't help but do a little hand movements too haha. I do like that about an audio book when someone can really make you feel like there the person you are hearing about

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What NJ said.

Except when reading to kids. Then I'm happy to ham it up and even add sound effects. Like in Peter Pan when the sword stuck in captain Hook's mast. I grabbed a knife and laid it on the counter and pulled the tip down to make the "Boing!" sound. I had 'em rolling on the floor with that one.

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whenever i read aloud--i read with animation/emotion. i don't necessarily change my voice to try to match the character but i do follow the moods of the characters.

to me there's no point in reading to someone in a (more or less) monotone. sure fire way to put someone to sleep for the night, IMO.

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Thanks Annie.

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I don't do audio books. But if I did-I'd definately want it read in character. Back in my theatre days when we'd do table reads of our shows, it gave us an opportunity to try out different voice personas as we got to know the character we were playing. I can't see an audio book being different.

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I'd like to hear other feedback on this. Do you prefer animated speaking (suggesting emotion)? Is this common.?

I've always read aloud with emotion. When I'm reading different characters, I do change my voice a bit. Of course, I've always read to children who really seemed to enjoy it. It seems to help them understand the feeling behind the words and differentiate between characters.

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I think audio book readers are asking for trouble when they start doing "voices". I can see how it would be hard not to try and accentuate the voice of a character who is supposed to be notable for their speech, but reading it straight let's my brain fill in the details more easily.

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Yeah it's made it so I can't listen to anything I've read or have read in the series. But American Gods has the hole cast from the show reading it so it kinda crazy to have different voices that are actually different people

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