Category: Narrator Interviews

J.F. Harding the New Male Narrator in My Life

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | | 6 Comments

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Welcome, J.F. Harding to The Book Nympho. I first fell in love with Harding’s narration through Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series. Now I’m looking forward to listening to more of his work.

Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)?

It definitely depends on the book. Regardless of the material, I always scan the text front to back, looking for new characters, plot points, and surprises dealing with how a character should sound: “That guy you’ve been voicing for 400 pages? Surprise! He’s Irish!” That actually happened. I also scan for pronunciations of unfamiliar words. It can be A LOT of work, depending on the book. I usually like to start books on Monday or Tuesday, and will take the weekend to prep. We also contact the author or agent, and get preliminary questions out of the way…suggestions they might have for accents, geographical settings that may not be obvious, things like that. I take a lot of notes. I read off my iPad in the booth and have an app called iAnnotate that I use exclusively. I write notes directly on the page. There’s even a voice memo function in-app that I use for character voice ideas. I’d recommend it for any narrator that reads off the iPad.

I once read an interview with another male narrator who referred to a scene with many male characters as a conference table scene and how hard it is to make all the characters have their own voice. You do an amazing job with this in the Cut & Run series. How do you keep the male character different during your performance?

Thank you! That’s a combination of working with the engineer in the booth next to me, and getting the voice stuck in my head. I will usually try to commit the first line that a character speaks to memory, and use that line as a touchstone as he or she pops up in the book. If I remember the line, I’ll usually remember the voice. Also, the engineer marks each new character in Pro Tools, and we can play each marker when I need a reminder. I’m about to start a book that’s the third of a series…but I did the first two in 2012! Remembering four-year-old voices may be a little tricky.

You narrate a wide variety of novels. How do you decide which books to perform?

I’ve read pretty much every type of book you can imagine. M/M erotica to science fiction to mystery to children’s books to historical fiction to non-fic on too many subjects to remember…I love narrating, and the company I work with, ListenUp Audiobooks, knows that, and likes to keep me on my toes!

 

Since you spend so much of your time reading novels for work, do you enjoy pleasure reading in your spare time? If so, what types of books do you enjoy? And, do you find yourself thinking how you would narrate those books while you’re reading them?

I used to read a lot before I started narrating. Some of my favorites are Cormac McCarthy, Michael Chabon, David Sedaris, Tom Robbins…but lately, if I have enough time, I like fluffier stuff. I’m slowly making my way through the Chuck Hogan/Guillermo Del Torro trilogy The Strain. I sometimes imagine how I’d perform a book. McCarthy is one that I do that to…his descriptions are so vivid I sometimes catch myself reading out loud.


Name one book/series/character that you’ve read that you wish you could narrate?

Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy definitely. I’d have to brush up on my Spanish, though. Oh, and Spooner by Pete Dexter!

What narration job are you currently working on?

I’m narrating the Hades Hangmen Series by Tillie Cole! Look for it!

 


GIVEAWAY

Audible is giving away ONE download narrated by J.F. Harding to ONE winner.

Titles available include the following:

Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux
Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux
Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux
Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux
Sweet Obsession by J. Daniels
Kage by Maris Black
Kage Unleashed by Maris Black
Kage Unmasked by Maris Black
Overwhelmed by You by Nashoda Rose
Owning Corey by Maris Black
Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank

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About J. F. Harding

J.F. Harding has been in the audiobook game since 2013. He has been profiled by USA Today, and has been nominated for Best Narrator and Best Audiobook by Sinfully Addicted. He is known for his distinct, multi-layered character voices, and immersive delivery. Follow him on Twitter @hardingvoice.


New Favorite Paranormal Voice, Nicole Poole

New Favorite Paranormal Voice, Nicole Poole

Posted June 15, 2016 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 10 Comments

  Welcome, Nicole Poole to The Book Nympho. I first fell in love with Nicole’s narration through Dannika Darks’s Seven series. I’m getting ready to start Dark’s Mageri series also narrated by Nicole and I just know I’m going to enjoy it as well. Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? First off, thanks so much for this interview! Narrating is a solo profession, and hearing from other people is a real joy. (waving at everyone!) So. To get on with your question: I have the best job in […]


Narrator Interview with Alison Larkin The English American

Narrator Interview with Alison Larkin The English American

Posted June 8, 2016 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 4 Comments

Welcome, Alison Larkin to The Book Nympho. I first fell in love with Alison’s narration through Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series. Now I’m branching out into more of Alison work with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and shortly after her work on many Jane Austen titles.   Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? The kind of prep work needed varies from book to book. For example, if I know and love the story already as was the case with Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary, Peter Pan and […]


Sweet Romances or Kick Butt Urban Fantasy, Lauren Fortgang Does it All

Sweet Romances or Kick Butt Urban Fantasy, Lauren Fortgang Does it All

Posted June 27, 2014 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 4 Comments

Welcome Lauren Fortgang back to The Book Nympho. I first feel in love with Lauren’s narration through Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. Once I saw she was the narrator for Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series I knew I had to listen. Lauren nails both UF and Contemporary Romance. Next I’m trying some of her Young Adult work.   Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? Sure! The most important element is, of course, reading the book in advance. It’s useless to begin narration without knowing […]


Tavia Gilbert, Narrator that brought Chapter 32 to your earbuds!

Tavia Gilbert, Narrator that brought Chapter 32 to your earbuds!

Posted June 24, 2014 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 5 Comments

Welcome Tavia Glibert to The Book Nympho today. She has brought some saucy characters to life and the infamous Chapter 32 from One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.  Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? When I get a new audiobook script, I read the entire book. Whether the project is fiction or non-fiction, I’m reading closely to identify any words that I don’t know how to pronounce (I’ve learned never to just assume that I know how something is pronounced). And […]


MacLeod Andrews Narrates While on a Bearskin Rug

MacLeod Andrews Narrates While on a Bearskin Rug

Posted June 20, 2014 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 3 Comments

I am pleased to welcome MacLeod Andrews to The Book Nympho today. MacLeod has the gift of bring romance and gritty urban fantasy to life. And he has a pretty good sense of humor as you can see below.   Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? I start by lighting a few candles and pouring a tall glass of Bourbon.  Then I pull a few logs from the pile of firewood that I chop by hand in the early hours when the leaves are […]


Lorelei King, The Voice of Charley Davidson Interviews Darynda Jones

Lorelei King, The Voice of Charley Davidson Interviews Darynda Jones

Where turning the tables today and instead of me interviewing narrator, Lorelei King she is interviewing author Darynda Jones. King and Jones is one of my favorite teams in the Urban Fantasy world. Jones writes funny characters and King brings to life like no other can. So I am please to welcome both ladies to The Book Nympho today.      Lorelei King: I absolutely loved recording the Darklight trilogy and was totally thrilled with my name-baby, Lorelei. Why did you decide to make it a trilogy rather than an ongoing series? Darynda Jones: Thank you so much!!! I loved writing that series and my original idea was that it be ongoing, but after I wrote it (and thinking it would never sell), I wrote the […]


Renée Raudman the Voice Behind Ilona Andrews, Lisa Kleypas & More

Renée Raudman the Voice Behind Ilona Andrews, Lisa Kleypas & More

Posted June 13, 2014 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 10 Comments

When Renée Raudman is not bring Kate and Curran to life in the awesome Kate Daniels, Urban Fantasy series by Ilona Andrews to life she is bring sexy men like Lisa Kleypas’ Hardy Cates in Blue-Eyed Devil to our ear buds. I am please to welcome one of the best in business to The Book Nympho today. Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? Hi Jennifer, Thanks so much for thinking of me for this interview!  I so enjoy your ‘blog’ and am very flattered you […]