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Beyond the page! An interview with the audiobook narrator of Pollen.

Beyond the page! An interview with the audiobook narrator of Pollen.

 Audiobook narrators are a special breed of actors. They are the most vital part of our audiobooks, such as the popular audio picture book: PollenClick on the cover to give it a read (or listen)!

Here’s a look behind the page at our favorite narrator, Josiah John Bildner!


Q: When you narrate or read a story for an audiobook, how is it different from when you just read a story to your kids?

A: It is actually very similar!  When I read to my kids I use silly voices and get into the emotion of the story.  I've always enjoyed reading to my kids and that was kind of the beginning of my voice over journey.  I've also enjoyed doing theater all my life.  Both of which work well for me when doing voice over.

Q: Describe the process of recording a book. Do you do it in a special studio? How long does it take? Do you say “Um” a lot?

A: I do have a special studio with sound proofing material, a microphone, and various audio interfaces that can take the sound from my microphone and save it to my computer.

The length of recording depends on how long the project is.  For longer novels it can take a few months to record and edit.  For shorter stories, like kid's books, it can take me only a couple days.

Yes I do flub up lines and say "um" sometimes.  When I am recording and I make a mistake I will snap my fingers, click my tongue, or clap.  This makes a spike in sound waves as I record. When I go through and edit the book I will see these spikes and just cut the mistake out of the audio file like it didn't even happen.

Q: Who is your favorite audiobook narrator?

A: Me!  No, just kidding.  I like Bryan Kennedy and Jesse Bernstein, who narrated Percy Jackson's The Lightning Thief.

Q: Name an audiobook that you’ve listened to lately?

A: I listen to audiobooks in my car and with my son at home.  At home we have been listening to "Middle School The Worst Years of My Life" by James Patterson and in my car I've been listening to "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham.

Josiah John Bildner is one of our favorite audiobook narrators!


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Children’s book author and indie publisher DARCY PATTISON writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, an Arkansiana Award, and the Susannah DeBlack Arkansas Children’s History Book
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