Each June, audiophiles from around the country celebrate all things audiobook. Since we love to listen and review audiobooks here at That’s What I’m Talking About, we are participating in our own Audiobook celebration.
What would an audiobook be without a narrator? As part of Audiobook Month, we are spotlighting various narrators so you can learn a bit more about who they are and what they do.
Today we shine the spotlight on:
Tell us how long have you been narrating books?
What genres do you cover? Do you have a favorite?
Non-fiction, fiction, literary fiction, YA, education, mystery-thriller, romance
Do you do any other voice work or acting?
I voice commercials and animation.
What is your favorite job to date?
Recording the parody of Fifty Shades of Gray, called The Fifty Shames of Earl Grey for Tantor Media.
How do prepare for a job? Does the preparation depend on the genre or type of book?
I first read the entire book. If it’s fiction, I create a character list and decide from clues in the book how they should sound. I feel very lucky when I am able to get the author’s input because I love the collaborative aspect of the work. For non-fiction I tend to research the topic from other sources to get a complete picture of what I am talking about.
If you could narrate any book or work with any author past or present, what would you choose? Why?
I would love to narrate Judy Blume’s earlier work. Just because all of her novels meant so much to me as a child.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I am currently narrating my good friend Glynnis’ MacNicol’s memoir, No One Tells You This for Simon and Schuster, and just released this month was the 2nd installment of the Roxane Weary Series for Blackstone Publishing called What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka and the sequel to 99 Days by Katie Cotugno called 9 Days and 9 Nights for Harper Audio.
About the Narrator:
Allyson Ryan is a native New Yorker whose diverse talents have led to a career in voice over, theater, and television. She has an AudioFile magazine Earphones Award and was a 2017 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences nominee for audiobooks. Her voice can be heard in commercials, animated shows, and video games, and she can be seen in several national commercials.
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