Online Talking Audio Books – What Is An Audiobook and How Is It Made?


We often communicate with people that heard others talking about audio books, but do not know really what they are. There are two different versions of audiobooks, but what is the difference? People are always interested in multitasking while they can save time, because we have such limited free time. Audiobooks are perfect for multitasking , let’s take a look at what an audiobook is and the main differences.

What is an Audio Book?

An audiobook is taking a regular traditional book (you must have the copyright permission) and vocally reading the book while recording the narration. A book is recorded with either one narrator that covers all the characters within the book or a cast of narrators that do the voices for one or two characters each. The recording contains the voices of the narrators but background music and sound effects can also be added to the audio book for additional dramatic effect. Both styles are great, but it is the story and type of writing that determines if background music and sound effects are added.

Basically audiobooks come in two different versions:

1. Unabridged Audio Books – an traditional book that is narrated word for word from front cover to the last back page. The audio book is narrated exactly the way the author has written their book, if it is an older book the text may be updated to current times. The entire story is read with nothing removed from the story line, this is the most important aspect of unabridged audiobooks.

2. Abridged Audio Books – you guessed it, the opposite of unabridged audiobooks. A book is professionally edited down in size to just the essence of the story line. Each section or chapter of a book is carefully read and the crucial parts of the book are kept in tact. It does not mean the areas that are cut out are not important, but in fact the areas that are kept are essential and crucial to the story.

As audiobooks grow in popularity, many more titles will be published into audio books. There are thousands of audiobook titles available, but each year this number grows at a vigorous pace. Audiobooks allow you to enjoy your books while doing other tasks everyday. Most people will listen to audiobooks while they are commuting, travelling, cooking, exercising and a lot of other activities. Basically, you can listen to audio books no matter what you are doing.

How is an Audio Book Made?

Once a book title is selected that will be converted into an audiobook, it is time to select the support staff such as narrators (story tellers), publisher, editor etc… When all the support staff is selected then the next step is to have the narrators read the book while it is being recorded. When the narration is complete and accepted, then the sound people go to work in editing and cutting the audiobook into a finished product. The audiobook is then brought into the marketplace for listeners to appreciate.

This is a very simple look at the audiobook creation process to give you a brief example. The process is not as simple as this, there is a lot of work that goes into making an audiobook. More than just meets the eye, there are a lot of people involved in creating an audiobook so people can site back and relax listening to their favorite books.


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