Audio Book Narration
So you are looking for a narrator for your Audiobook?
As an experienced audiobook narrator with a wealth of published books in a wide variety of genres, I would be delighted to help.
Death of an Aristocrat by Anya Wylde
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AudioBook Voice Actor, Deryn Oliver.
British Female Voice Over.
So you are looking for a narrator for your Audiobook?
As an experienced audiobook narrator with a number of published books in a wide variety of genres, I would be delighted to help.
Choosing your narrator carefully is very important for the success of your audio book voice over.
Your chosen narrator needs to understand your audio book completely. They need to be able to understand the tone that you want – be it authoritative, or humourous. If it is a novel they need to be able to voice act convincingly and empathise with your characters, or if it is a self help book, they need to sound knowledgeable in the subject.
An experienced narrator will know how to work effectively and efficiently so that your audiobook voice over is produced within a set time frame so you can plan publicity pre and post publication.
They need to have the required audio editing skills to produce the audiobook to expected industry standards.
Before asking for sample reads of your book, have a think about the sort of voice you imagine reading your words. For example, is it important to you if it’s a male or female voice? – obviously if it is in the first person that decision is already made but in the case of a third person narration does it matter to you?
If the characters are set in a particular location, do they all need to speak with the same accent, or does the location accent really matter? Many audiobooks, films and television productions use actors who don’t have an accent specific to the setting, but perhaps in your book the Scottish, Irish, French or whatever accent is key to the story? All things to consider.
One of my earliest memories of childhood is sitting on my mums knee being read to. Her voice transported me to fairytale lands and her character voices brought the pictures to life from the pages of the books.
Years later I read to my own step children and anyone who has seen the face of a child entranced as they are read to, will understand what a delight it is.
And that delight is still how I feel today when narrating audiobooks for a somewhat wider audience.
Children’s books are still something of a speciality of mine, probably my motherly RP accent helps and the ability to invent character voices, but I have also narrated a wide genre of adult books, both fiction and non fiction and am willing to consider all genres that my voice may suit.
What I can do for you
Whether you are new to the audiobook world or your books are already being enjoyed by the ever increasing audio book audience out there, I can help to bring your words to life.
I am more than happy to provide you with a short Free sample read from your book to help you decide before you make the decision on your narrator.
Once you are happy that I am a fit for you I will read the full book, make notes about all the characters, story etc and will then record a sample to check that you are happy before recording the book in full.
Once completed I will send you the file to check and will make one set of revisions if necessary.
I produce all my audiobooks to ACX standards and am happy to help with any questions you may have about uploading to ACX.
I am a listed narrator on the ACX website and so if you prefer to go through them I am happy to do so and am also listed on Far Away voices, Pro Audio Voices, and other audiobook producing sites.
Since starting out as a voice over and audiobook narrator in 2017 I have narrated a wide variety of audiobooks and countless voice over projects.
My most recent books include:
- Contemporary Fiction – When We Were Young and When We Are Old by Anna Bloom, Regency Romance – Penelope and Seeking Philbert Woodbead by Anya Wylde
- Childrens Fiction – Fairy Tales on Stage by Julie Meighan, Tell Me Another Story Dad by Julie Hodgson, The Jealous Little Ogre by J Edwards Holt
- Cozy Mysteries – A Sleuth and Her Dachshund in Athens by Steve Higgs
- Non Fiction – Save The World There is No Planet B – by Louise Bradford
Amazing work! Deryn went out of her way to make sure we were happy with the characters before recording.
You’ve worked for weeks, months and maybe even years on your book and all that hard work deserves an excellent audiobook narrator.
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As a voice actor, I have the skills to add realism and depth to your story with a specialism in voicing witches, old crones and posh, foreboding ladies!.
Why Choose Deryn Oliver?
Even as a child at infant school in the 70’s I was complimented on my clear and confident speaking voice. When asked for volunteers to read out loud in class it was my hand that shot up as although I wasn’t great at science and maths, I knew I had a talent for speech.
And, as I found out in later years, a talent for acting too. Combine those two talents with a cheery disposition, a sense of fun, a touch of perfectionism, a smidgen of silliness and a large helping of reliability, and you have your 'go to' British (Female) Voice Over actor.
So How Can I Help?
'Let’s not complicate things that are really quite simple’ - Mary Poppins
And I agree wholeheartedly (or should I say ‘Indubitably’) as being simple and straightforward to work with is the kind of British Voice Over Actor I am.
Working from my cosy Pro Studio in rural Shropshire, I will record a high quality voice over to your specifications for your project, will follow your directions, give feedback, chat with you about progress and above all do all these in a timely and cheerful fashion.
I’m happy to quote for a live directed session over Source Connect, Zoom etc if required and can also travel to a studio of your choice if required.
Want sound effects or music adding?
No problem. We can chat through your ideas and together create something fabulous!
What makes me different
As well as having a quintessential British voice AKA Mary Poppins I can also bring other elements of her qualities to your voice over project.
Like her I will bring a bit of calm order and professionalism as well as a sense of fun and versatility. And although I can’t magically produce copious items from a carpet bag I can produce a variety of character voices for you from sweet young heroines to nasty old witches and countless others.
As a professional British Voice Actor I work everyday from my Pro Studio so can offer a 24 hour turnaround and if you are casting for a voice over project look at the variety of work I can help you with.
- Corporate Narration
- Radio Commercials
- E- Learning Courses
- Explainer Videos
- Audio Guides
- Public Announcements
- Cartoon Characters
- Mobile Apps and many more.
Wherever a female British voice actor is required!
I'd Love to Help You
I’m so lucky to be able to work in this wonderful industry and I would love to hear about your voice over project so I can bring character to your words.
Check out my variety of vocal styles in the demo page or for a quick idea of my voice click on the audio link below.