Show Notes for Ep. 35 "Narrating With Fred Berman"
Mary Anne and Ben invite actor, producer, and podcast host Fred Berman to discuss another part of his career in particular: audiobook narration. Starting with Fred’s experience of reading Ben’s new book, The Unraveling, the trio discuss the intricacies of audiobook narration, the voicing of characters outside our experience and background, and the financial aspects of being an audiobook narrator.
If you’re interested in purchasing Ben’s audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Unraveling-Audiobook/B09NZLMRYM
Check out Fred’s podcast: https://www.fredberman.net/opening-weekend-podcast
To download the edited audio version of the podcast, click here.
Recorded January 12, 2022 / Published January 25, 2022
- 0:00:00: Introduction to Fred Berman and his initial thoughts on The Unraveling
- 0:18:08: How does one get into audiobook narration?
- 0:31:27: How much does a narrator’s background factor into a narration?
- 0:39:10: On sensitivity issues
- 0:51:03: Intermission and ad
- 0:58:44: What preparation for audiobook narration like
- 1:13:14: Budgeting and other financial aspects of audiobook narration
- 1:30:10: How to get into audiobook narrating
- 1:40:14: Does genre of a work affect the narration?
- 1:43:47: Closing thoughts and Fred’s socials
Notes and Links
- The Last Holiday Concert, written by Andrew Clements and narrated by Fred Berman
- Antkind, written by Charlie Kaufman and narrated by Fred Berman
- Geoff Rodkey, writer. His Chronicles of Egg series were narrated by Fred Berman
- Bradley Whitford on Marc Maron’s podcast
- Ronald H. Balson, writer. Many of his audiobooks are read by Fred Berman
- Sibel Kekilli, actress
- helpful break down of what audiobook narrators are expected to be paid
- SAG-AFTRA union
- Article on Hawkeye artist not getting credit for Marvel’s use of his imagery
- Paul Reubens, actor
- Peter Berkrot, voice actor
- Fred’s website
- Fred’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook