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?
I started Narrating for the Royal National Institute of Blind People in 2013.
What genres do you cover? Do you have a favorite?
I cover most genres ranging from Thrillers to Romance to Sci Fi but I really love Thrillers and Horror. I love to be scared.
Do you do any other voice work or acting?
Yes I have an agent and often do Corporate voice work in London. I’m a trained actress but since I’ve started narrating I have been busy non-stop with my beloved audibooks so I haven’t found the time.
What is your favorite job to date?
Frankenstein which I narrated with SpokenRealms. This was an absolute childhood favourite and hearing from listeners that had never read the book and fell in love with the characters meant a lot to me.
How do prepare for a job? Does the preparation depend on the genre or type of book?
If I’m working directly with the author we have some initial discussions about process, character preferences etc. If working with publishers I usually figure it out myself unless I have specific questions. I always read the book fresh first then I go in and mark it up highlighting any questions, trying to keep the writer’s requests in mind. My favorite part is the initial reading. I still have to pinch myself that this is my job and that these amazing writers are trusting me with telling their stories.
If you could narrate any book or work with any author past or present, what would you choose? Why?
Joanne Harris who did The Lollipop Shoes comes to mind. There’s also a whole new breed of Psychological Thrillers written by female British writers that I simply can’t read enough of. Understandably they’re often narrated by female British narrators but I won’t give up trying, either that or I shall perfect my British accent.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’ve just released ‘New York Echoes 1’ written by Warren Adler (the same guy that wrote The War of The Roses which was one of my fav movies in the 80’s). It’s a series of short stories about life in New York City and I really loved doing it. Each story is unique and the writing is wonderful.
About the Narrator:
My name is Daniela Acitelli and I’m a professional ‘Audible Approved Producer’ Audiobook Narrator with a Theatre, Film, Cabaret and Circus background. I am an actress with stage training. I’ve studied the Meisner technique and Lee Strasberg’s “Method” acting. You can find me on Audible, Itunes and Amazon and I’m also a narrator for the RNIB, SpokenRealms, Deyan and Whitehouse publishing. More samples of my work can be found on my website www.danielaacitelli.com
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