JIAM Narrator Spotlight: Matt Godfrey

Posted June 23, 2018 by Jen in JIAM Tags:

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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:

Matt Godfrey

Tell us how long have you been narrating books?

A year and a half.

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

I narrate in most every genre, but I work extensively in the horror genre. I have a real love for 70s and 80s horror novels, but I truly enjoy literature and reading, so there’s something for me no matter what I’m working on.

Do you do any other voice work or acting?

I’m also a film and TV actor. I’ve done many national commercials, indie film, as well as some TV. I was on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet last year, and I also worked on the CBS reboot of MacGyver.

What is your favorite job to date?

Narrating Michael McDowell’s BLACKWATER, one of my all time favorite novels.

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

It all starts with reading the book and becoming familiar with the author’s voice. Once I key in on how an author “speaks,” the whole project opens up to me. Then I find all the instances where each character is described, and begin to build my characters from there.

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

I hate to be cliche – and they’re already done perfectly – but what a joy the Harry Potter series would have been to narrate.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m very excited about a book I have coming out next month with Valancourt Books: The Auctioneer by Joan Samson. It’s arguably the greatest book to come out of the horror boom of the 70s and 80s, and sadly the author died shortly after its publication and never wrote another book. It’s a quietly thrilling story of a small town and the menacing new auctioneer who arrives and begins to take control. It’s fantastic.

About the Narrator:

Matt Godfrey was born and raised in Alabama, studied Theater and English in college, then moved to Los Angeles where he lived for 8 years as a working actor. Acting, however, brought him back to the South, where he continues to appear in film, TV, and commercials, with the added bonus of spending his days with his nose in a book. He’s now a full time audiobook narrator. He loves college football, a good haunted house book, black coffee, and the Oxford comma. He lives in the Deep South with his two favorite people, his wife and daughter.

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