Simon Vance on Barchester Towers, male narrators who do bad female voices, and his favorite audiobooks.

Why Bad Accents Happen to Good Audiobooks, and Other Secrets of a Top Narrator

Why Bad Accents Happen to Good Audiobooks, and Other Secrets of a Top Narrator

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Aug. 17 2016 11:22 AM
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What’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?

Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.

Mrs. Proudie speaking to Archdeacon Grantley at their first meeting.
Mrs. Proudie speaking to Archdeacon Grantley at their first meeting.

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This article is part of a Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy. To learn more, visit Slate.com/GreatBooks.

Simon Vance has narrated more than 800 audiobooks, including the current selection in Slate’s Year of Great Books, Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers. We talked about Simon’s dynamic reading of Trollope’s intensely enjoyable workplace comedy, how he got his start in audiobooks, and how he imagines a character’s voice.

If you’re a Year of Great Books reader, don’t forget to claim your complimentary audiobook of Barchester Towers, a free gift from Audible that’s just for Slate Plus members.

To access all features of this Slate Academy, or to learn more about enrolling, visit Slate.com/GreatBooks.