JIAM Narrator Spotlight: Marie Hoffman

Posted June 16, 2018 by Jen in JIAM Tags:

Image Celebrating Audiobook month
June Is Audiobook Month

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.

Narrator Spotlights!

Today we shine the spotlight on:

Marie Hoffman

Tell us how long have you been narrating books?

Since 2012.

What genres do you cover? Do you have a favorite?

Paranormal cozy mysteries, nonfiction, memoir, biography, historical fiction.

Do you do any other voice work or acting?

Yes, I voice e-learning, training and ESL modules for corporations and universities.

What is your favorite job to date?

I love recording, whether it’s an audiobook, a PSA, or an e-learning module.

How do prepare for a job? Does the preparation depend on the genre or type of book?

Prep work involves not only reading the book but also researching the author – is this his/her first book, what other books have they written, go to their website and learn something more about them. I have in the past spoken directly with the author to get a personal feel from them.

If you could narrate any book or work with any author past or present, what would you choose? Why?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This story has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I never tire of watching the movie nor of reading the story.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I just finished a trilogy, the “Restless Spirits Cozy Ghost Mysteries” by Angela Pepper. Angela’s stories are easy to follow, her sense is humor is fabulous and each story features a female who learns something new about herself by the end of each book.

About the Narrator:

I am an audiobook narrator (nonfiction, memoirs, paranormal cozy mysteries, and fiction) with 25+ years of business experience, from publishing to investment banking to pharmaceuticals. I also taught elementary school for a number of years.

I am also devoted to supporting and volunteering at the JBI Library (established in 1931 as the Jewish Braille Institute). Setting aside time to record books so that those who are visually impaired, and educationally challenged can also enjoy published works of art, brings me great pleasure. I am also a member of The Online Stage, a volunteer collective of narrators and actors who create high quality productions of classic dramatic works in audio format.

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