Narrator: J. F. Harding

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

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


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!



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.

Oorah ! Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

Oorah ! Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

Posted May 7, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

          I had so many feelings while listening to Crash & Burn . . . I love me some Ty & Zane and the Sidewinder gang and they are all present, including Liam Bell. Series plot lines wrapped up nicely and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. NOOOOOOO! Crash & Burn is the last book in the Cut & Run series. If you still haven’t tried the Cut & Run series you are missing out one of the best (if not THE BEST) romances! Ty and Zane are the real deal. The series is all about suspense, thrills, laughs and love, Crash & Burn had it all and was a great wrap for the series. I’ll […]

Audio Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

Audio Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

Posted March 15, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

         Ty and Zane get invited to be a part of Duce’s (Ty’s brother) wedding. It’s taking place in Scotland and if you’re a fan of the series you know that these guys can’t go on a vacation without murder and mayhem happening. Ty and Zane on a rug, in front of a fire, in a castle in Scotland. OH. MY. LAWD! I love that Nick and Kelly came along for the ride in Ball & Chain. They are Ty and Zane 2.0. The banter between the group is great. I was laughing so much while I listened. J. F. Harding does a wonderful job with the narration. Having mostly a male cast of characters, Harding has no problem making each of them […]

Audio Review: Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux

Audio Review: Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux

Posted February 5, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

   Ty and Zane head to the Big Easy for Touch & Geaux but it’s anything but easy! If you are holding off on trying the Cut & Run because you’re not sure if M/M is your thing. STOP holding off! This series is one of the best romances out there. It has not just one hot alpha hero but two and they are so fun to spend time with. They are both damaged by their pasts and we get some insight into both Ty and Zane’s past relationships and a great moment that shows these two were destined to be together. It can’t be a Ty and Zane adventure without one or both of them in danger. While in NOLA the two with Ty’s Marine […]

Finally!! Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux

Finally!! Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux

Posted December 25, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

           I’ve missed Ty and Zane. I’m so happy the rest of the Cut & Run series is now on audio! There was another narrator change; I was a fan of the last narrator so this made me a little nervous. But I’m enjoying J. F. Harding voice for the characters so I’ve enjoying him even more than the previous narrator. Ty’s family is so funny! I love the way J. F. Harding voiced them. It made scenes like below even funnier. I smile so much listening to Stars & Stripes. “We wouldn’t need your help normally, but this morning I cut your daddy’s finger off, and he says he can’t hold a hammer.” Ty’s head shot up. “You what?” “Cut his finger off,” Mara said […]