Consultation regarding creating audio book and effects


My post is maybe non-topic consultation. Can not find a more appropriate place Smiley

I can't decide how to create it. I mean artistic wise not technical wise.
should i make whole story in one voice of a narrator? 
Or make some voices of the various characters. 
There is a father and mother, and their son. Of course with the dialogues between them. 
On the one hand it feels very nice, and will interest the readers audience (children) to hear the text with different voices and characters. Just like radio shows of yesteryear. 
But the question is, does it getting to be like an animated movie on TV. Maybe it loses the effect of "book". 

And what about some sound samples or effects that I want to add.
Is this crossing the line Smiley ?

for example, there is a scene in the kitchen, and I want some faucet, plates and water sounds on the background.
or for example bathing sounds on the bathroom.
is that too much for an audio book? Smiley

what do you think?

for some reason can't find solid examples for that kind of audio books Smiley
can you? 

Have a good day,
Thanks Smiley 

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Hello, Itzik.

Most children are accustomed to hearing both straightforward reading and storyteller reading (with voice characterizations), but you might consider the specific age group of children you're recording for. Non-voice sound effects may be more effective with younger children, so if the subject and comprehension level of the writing are appropriate for a wider age range, you might just stick with voice characterizations. Fifty or sixty years ago, Hans Conreid did a fabulous recording of Treasure Island, Cyril Ritchard recorded Alice in Wonderland, and Alexander Scourby recorded A Christmas Carol, all unabridged, and with just their great voices, as far as I can recall, each in his own style. As a child, I loved them all.

But this is Art, so do as you like, to achieve your concept.

Good luck!

Christine Plouvier

I made my audiobook on they have VERY specific guidelines as to how you make the audiobook. They will not approve it if you have background noises/music, etc. No sound effects, they also have specific volume ceiliings so that you cannot "yell" when the character does.  They want it monotone... they claim that people listen to it while driving or with earphones, so they cannot tolerate the changes in volume.  you can go on acx and hear samples of the narrators.

I have two narrators, and the they both use different voices/accents which i find to be more enjoyable. You want to enterain the listener... it technically is no longer a book.. so why care about whether they think of it as a show/movie? 


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