Oral Art

Oral Art

by John Mahoney – Raven Audio Books

It almost sounds sensual, but it is not … necessarily. Depending on the book, it certainly could be. Oral art is the art of orally reading to cause another, the listener, to ear-handvisualize and feel the words or scenes they hear.

Sounds easy. Not! It takes a very special kind of actor to sit or stand in a small room, alone, for hours, reading from a tablet into a large microphone. The voice actor can perform these feats with relative ease. Although the audio book voice actor has no live audience, his/her profession is the same as that of a stage or screen actor. However, the voice actor imagines the audience and plays her/his roles as if on stage or in front of a camera.

The voice actor can take a book like How to Grow, Harvest, and Cure Onions and make it fun, as well as educational. Alternately, the voice actor can take a sci-fi book and enable the listener to float away into that dream world.

The job of the voice actor is to make you feel.

John MahoneyJohn Mahoney is the Owner/Producer of RavenPheat Productions and Raven Audio Books Recording and Production Studio in Glendale, Arizona. The recording studio was established in1998, and the audio book production division began in 2001. His current business composition: 80% audio books, hypnotherapy, meditations; 20% music. John’s motto: Placing respect, integrity, honesty, and quality above all else. Reach him at 623.215.8654, ravenaudiobooks@cox.net or ravenaudiobooks.com.

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1 Response to Oral Art

  1. You are so right! I’m a reader/broadcaster for Sun Sounds of AZ (radio for the blind) and every week I do what you’re writing about. I’ve been in several radio plays there, as well. Someone snapped a picture of me during one of our readings, and I was wearing a facial expression that matched the script–even though we were on the radio, and not on stage. So, I think I could do a good job of recording an audio version of my book. I’d love to send you a brief sample and get your expert opinion.


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