June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate, we’re sitting down with narrators to give you the scoop on everything you want to know (and didn’t know you wanted to know!) about recording an audiobook. Check back each week to hear from a new narrator and listen to excerpts from audiobooks they’ve recorded for Macmillan Audio.
This week, we’re talking audiobooks with Thérèse Plummer. Thérèse is an actor and award-winning narrator who has recorded more than 300 audiobooks! Her narration credits include audiobooks by Robyn Carr, Jodi Picoult, and our very own Kelley Armstrong.
Q: What’s the best part of being a narrator?
Telling stories for a living.
Q: Do you retain all the books you narrate?
That is such a good question. There are so many I have retained but a lot I have said a fond farewell too. Too many for my brain to store.
Q: Do you feel nervous before recording?
I feel more excited to start a new story and get the energy off on the right foot. Honoring the author’s words is my goal. Telling her or his story as best as I can.
Q: What’s your favorite audiobook that you have recorded?
That is hard there have been so many good ones. Top three have to be Faith by Jennifer Haigh, The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson (movie is coming out with Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman) and Return to Me by Justina Chen… and all the Robyn Carr books.
Q: What’s the most challenging aspect of being a narrator?
For me the most challenging part is to not fall into a rhythm vocally but keep the action flowing in the scene and the story. Robert Kessler of Kessler Media recently directed me recording The Progeny by Tosca Lee and helped me so much with this. It’s not about sounding pretty but telling the story and honoring the action. I learn something new with each book I get a chance to record. Working with the director takes it to a whole new level.
Q: Do you ever listen to audiobooks that you have recorded once the program has been edited?
I did listen to The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson because I loved the story so much. I laughed out loud a few times because Wilson’s scenes are so fantastic and out there it was entertaining to hear.
Q: Does your voice sound the way you perceive it sounds when you hear yourself on an audiobook?
Not at all. I am recording with very expensive high tech microphones so my voice is like buttah.
Q: Do you have any dream books or authors that are on your wishlist to record in the future?
I always wanted to record Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
Q: What’s something about narrators that listeners might not already know?
Every narrator I have had the pleasure of meeting has been an incredible artist and human being. We are all on the same team and work to support each other and the industry. Some of the best people I know and amazingly talented!
Listen to an excerpt of Thérèse reading one of her latest narration projects, Kelley Armstrong’s thriller City of the Lost: