Audiobooks are leading the way in publishing, both in Australia and internationally. According to Audible, more than 6.6 million Australians listen to their books. And millennials are leading the way, with 55 percent listening to audiobooks instead of music. Audiobook narration allows multitasking and elevates the reader experience. They make books accessible for people who are unable to read.
But there’s a lot more to audiobook narration than just opening a book and reading it aloud. And contrary to what some would have you believe, unless you’re also an experienced performer, public speaker, or audiobook narrator, it is NOT a good idea to narrate your work.
Benefits of a Professional Audiobook Narrator
Sarah’s been telling stories her whole life. Her teacher had her pegged to be an actress as far back as kindergarten. Making people FEEL something has always been what has given her life. With a degree in Theatre and a lifetime of storytelling under her belt, Sarah can help bring your story to life through a truly immersive listening experience. Great audiobook narration needs a professional voice artist and involves:
- Breath Control
No matter the scope of the audiobook project, whether a short story or an epic series, Sarah’s number one goal is always to remain faithful to the writer and their story.
Sarah’s Audiobook Narration Fans
Sarah was selected by best-selling Australian author Barbara Hannay to narrate her novel The Sister’s Gift for Penguin Random House Audio.
“A profoundly heartwarming, beautifully crafted, and narrated story. So real you can feel it. Thank you.”
“In my opinion, this wasn’t your average romance drama novel. It told the story of 3 women, and I loved it. I didn’t get tired of it. It didn’t falter. Great book.”
She worked with Spineless Wonders Audio on Award-Winning Author Sophie Masson’s novella A Hundred Words for Butterfly, written especially for audiobook format.
“I was absolutely thrilled with Sarah Kennedy’s brilliant narration of my novella, A Hundred Words for Butterfly, published by Spineless Wonders Audio in 2021. The story features several narrative forms and points of view, and Sarah did a peerless job in skilfully voicing individual characters and creating a warm and lively atmosphere for the story. Absolutely beautiful–thank you, Sarah!” –Award-winning author, Sophie Masson AM
“It felt real, rather than theatrical for the sake of a dramatic arc. They felt like real people. With lively narration from Sarah Kennedy, this is a book that the Spineless Wonders team should be extraordinarily proud of.”
“Like a flavoursome, aromatic Basque soup, this immersive tale leaves you wanting more. In part, this is due to the dialogue. It sounds authentic – as though you were eavesdropping on a friend’s conversation. And it is brought to life by Sarah Kennedy’s exquisite narration.”
Sarah has most recently collaborated with USA Today bestselling author Juliette Duncan on the narration of her epic family saga series:
- Slow Road to Love
- Slow Path to Peace
- Slow Ride Home
- Slow Dance at Dusk
- Slow Trek to Triumph
In Juliette’s words – “I had the very great pleasure of having Sarah narrate one of my bestselling fiction series comprising of 5 full-length novels over a period of several months. I can’t say enough about her work ethic, enthusiasm, commitment and expertise. She’s a class act and wonderful to work with, and you won’t go wrong having her narrate your book!”
Sarah has narrated non-fiction articles for the Australian Defence Force with Simone Feiler of Brisbane Audiobook Production.
On Sarah’s work, Simone said: “I’m thrilled with your delivery; you’ve done an outstanding job! Thanks very much for your professional approach to this project; it’s been a pleasure working with you on this.”