Summary

Bath-based BBC Audiobooks hosted a sell-out event for the Bath Literature Festival. Reading Between the Lines: From Page to Production featured Rula Lenska, Lynne Truss, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Lorelei King in an entertaining and lively discussion about the art of the audiobook. They were joined by Sunday Times audio critic Karen Robinson, BBC Audiobooks' Publishing Director Jan Paterson, and Senior Producer Kate Thomas.The panel discussed all aspects of what makes a good audiobook. Topics debated ranged from casting, production, recording, accents, pronunciation, translation, and editing. Rula Lenska, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Lorelei King are all highly respected readers having recorded numerous titles for BBC Audiobooks and other publishers. Lynne Truss appears in the audiobook versions of her two best sellers Eats, Shoots and Leaves and Talk to the Hand.
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By Woolmark on 20-08-06

Interesting - but beware

I've just listened to this and found some of it quite interesting and several times wanted to butt in myself and comment but I was dismayed that a member of the panel was allowed to give away the ending of the book 'Gentlemen and Players' by Joanne Harris. I was currently reading (not listening to) this book and there was no warning that the twist in the tale would be revealed. I suppose I will finish reading but the fact that the ending has been revealed has spoiled it for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 15-04-08

Entertaining and interesting

I strongly recommend audio book fans to listens to this panel discussion involving the readers, editor and producers. It reminds us how much we owe to the diligence and hard-work put in by the people who take pains to study the texts so that they can make the books come alive for us to enjoy. I am constantly amazed by the skills of the readers in differentiating the various characters by employing different accents and tones of voice. I have long realized that a lot of preparation must be involved. But this recording of the discussion is not just interesting, but is also very lively and entertaining.

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By Rio Delta Wild on 30-11-06

fascinating!

I thoroughly enjoyed this explanation of how audiobooks are recorded. Very understandable and well-edited to keep your attention.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin A. Gower on 13-09-06

Behind the Scenes at BBC audiobooks

This is a fascinating panel discussion by producers and performers of BBC audiobooks. The observations of the performers have opened my ears to nuances in the readings, but the real revelation is the role of the producer in coordinating and giving coherence to the recording sessions.

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