Audiobook Producer

Over 20 Years of Audio Experience

I have worked in music and audio production for over 20 years. During this time, I have edited many hours of audio including numerous audiobooks. Some have been with authors who have narrated their own and some with professional voiceovers. Whichever way you wish to go I may be able to help with some or all aspects of your audiobook production.

Hear Examples

These are some of the audiobooks that I have worked on. Your book may be in a different genre but these demos should give you a good idea of the audio quality.

Audiobook Options

There are a few aspects of audiobook production to consider.

Narrate Your Own Audiobook

Recording your own audiobook is an option to consider if you feel comfortable narrating and want to save money.

Use a Professional Voiceover

Hiring a professional voice-over is the easier option if you have the extra budget and don’t want to narrate it yourself.

Professional Editing & Production

1-hour recording takes approx. 3-4 hours to manually edit and produce to a standard that streaming platforms will accept.

Narrate Your Own Audiobook

With modern computers and a reasonable recording location, it is entirely possible to record your audiobook at home. This can save you significant amounts of money on the cost of a voiceover. Editing and production are also aspects that you can learn to do yourself. However, it is worth hiring a professional audio producer to edit, mix and master your audiobook to the standards required by providers like Audible.

Recording at Home

Recording in your home is perfectly acceptable if you have a decent room that has reasonable acoustics and is free from external noises.

I have written a detailed article about this on MediaMusicNow. It may be helpful to read it if that is the route you are considering.

Hiring a Studio

I never used to suggest this option as recording studios are generally set up to record bands with very sophisticated multitrack setups. This means that hiring a full studio for a single narrator is very expensive. However, with the popularity of podcasts and audiobooks, there are now smaller studios that are suited to recording narration.

As a trial, I am looking to connect with local studios that can accommodate authors who want to record their own audiobook. So far I have an arrangement with a studio in the Northwich, Cheshire area of the UK, but will be adding more as needed. Let me know if this is your preference.

Professional Voiceovers

As someone who listens to audiobooks on a regular basis, I like to hear the author narrate their own book whenever possible. However, let’s be honest not everybody has the voice for it or the time to do it. On such occasions, a professional voice-over is required.

I have connections with numerous voice-overs that I trust and work with regularly. I am also happy to source additional voice-overs for audiobook projects or explore the possibility of working with a voice-over that you have found. I will only work with voiceovers that can deliver on quality, so would need to be sure that any voice suggestions you make will deliver at the required level.

Editing & Production

This is a time-consuming part of any audiobook project. Getting this wrong means that your audiobook will not be accepted on the major distribution channels. There are strict audio standards that need to be adhered to. It is possible to learn these skills, however, hiring a professional will be the path of least resistance.

When editing an audiobook there are several factors involved:

  • Removal of long pauses to improve the flow
  • Removal of prominent breaths
  • Removal of mistakes and unwanted words
  • Splicing in any corrections
  • Background noise and hiss reduction
  • Dynamic processing to enhance the quality of the audio
  • Optimising the levels for streaming on Audible and other streaming platforms
  • Creating individual audio files for chapters
  • Mixing with chapter music

The audio will be delivered ready for you to proof-listen and ready for you to upload to streaming platforms. For an extra cost, I can upload the audio for you. If you don’t want to proof listen I can source a proof-listener at an extra cost.

Audiobook Production FAQs