31 episodes

The Audiobook Podcast is a program for the makers and listeners of audiobooks. What goes on behind the making of a professional audiobook? We will break all that down for you. Each episode Justine Sloane-Lees and Abbe Holmes (leading professionals in voice acting and audiobooks) talk on a different topic. So whether you are a novelist, or have a professional studio or publishing house, if you are an author, director, engineer, narrator or audiobook lover, this program is for you. The Audiobook Podcast is recorded in the booth at SquareSound Studios, one of Australia's leading audiobook production houses. SquareSound was founded in 2015 and is lead by some of the best in the Industry. 

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The Audiobook Podcast is a program for the makers and listeners of audiobooks. What goes on behind the making of a professional audiobook? We will break all that down for you. Each episode Justine Sloane-Lees and Abbe Holmes (leading professionals in voice acting and audiobooks) talk on a different topic. So whether you are a novelist, or have a professional studio or publishing house, if you are an author, director, engineer, narrator or audiobook lover, this program is for you. The Audiobook Podcast is recorded in the booth at SquareSound Studios, one of Australia's leading audiobook production houses. SquareSound was founded in 2015 and is lead by some of the best in the Industry. 

    Andrew Griffiths

    Andrew Griffiths

    In our latest episode, Justine speaks with bestselling author, entrepreneur and global presenter Andrew Griffiths. 
    Square Sound produced Andrew’s latest audio release ‘Someone Has To Be The Most Expensive, Why Not Make it You’. (Released in 2023 and written specifically for business owners) and since then SquareSound have been working alongside many of Andrews business clients & authors to guide them through their audiobook creation and release. 
    Andrew is described by most as a street-smart entrepreneur. His business building book series, “101 Ways” offers small business owners practical, smart and realistic advice. Griffiths is Australia’s #1 small business author with 14 books now sold in over 65 countries.
     
    To learn more about Andrew check out: 
    https://www.andrewgriffiths.com.au/

    • 38 min
    Kate Hood

    Kate Hood

    “Help is not access, help is help. And access is something that equals independence.” Kate Hood.
    In our latest episode, Justine delves into a poignant discussion surrounding the experiences of artists with disabilities, speaking with Kate Hood, a remarkable talent whose journey embodies resilience and creativity amidst adversity.
    Originally from Sydney, Kate's career spans over two decades, encompassing roles as an actor, voice artist, writer, and director. However, in 2003, her life took a profound turn with a diagnosis of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), propelling her into a new chapter as a disabled actor, writer, theatre maker and of course earning accolades for her captivating narrations in audiobooks.


    Kate took on the mantle of Artistic Director at Raspberry Ripple Productions, a pioneering theatre company in Melbourne championing disability-led performances. Through her advocacy work as a speaker and panelist, Kate tirelessly endeavours to bridge the gap between artists with disabilities and their non-disabled counterparts.


    To learn more about Kate and Raspberry Ripple productions check out the links below:


    https://www.katehood.net/
    http://raspberryripple.co/
    https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2024/cost-of-living
    https://auslanstageleft.com.au/events/risky-business-malthouse-melbourne/

    • 37 min
    Tamala Shelton

    Tamala Shelton

    Welcome back to the Audiobook Podcast! 
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    Tamala Shelton, proud Bundjalung and Lamalama actor, joins Justine in studio for this month’s episode. 
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    Tamala shares her journey to audiobooks; her experience and insight as a First Nations actor, and of mixed heritage, in navigating the industry; the process of working with a language consultant on the audiobook ‘Pemulwuy, The Rainbow Warrior’ written by Eric Willmot; and ultimately, how the work she has done in the audiobook space has helped her connect with her language and culture. 
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    We hope you enjoy this latest episode!
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    @tamalalalala @squaresoundstudio #audiobookpodcast #theaudiobookpodcast  #firstnations #firstnationsvoices #languageconsultation #firstnationsactors #firstnationsnarrators#podcast #audiobooks #studio #audiostudio #industryadvice #audiobookindustry #voiceover #audiobooknarration @squaresoundstudio 

    • 26 min
    Pozotron

    Pozotron

    Welcome back to The Audiobook Podcast!
    This month’s episode delves into an online audio proofing software that has been innovating the audiobook industry - Pozotron. 

    Adam Fritz, CEO of Pozotron, joins Justine to break down how it all works, how narrators can make the most of this tool, the role of AI in the audiobook industry, and what exciting future developments the company has in store for us. 

    Square Sound have integrated Pozotron into our workflow and it has made a huge difference to the efficiency of our workflow and improved the stability and consistency in the way we proof check content for publishers and authors. As Adam has coined, Pozotron aids to “stop pickups before they happen”.

    We hope you enjoy this month’s episode! 

    You can reach out to Adam and the team at hello@pozotron.com 

    • 30 min
    Booth Fright

    Booth Fright

    The latest episode of the Audiobook Podcast, Justine and Abbe discuss a slightly more serious topic on performance anxiety.  In the audiobook industry, “Booth Fright” (as opposed to Stage Fright) is experienced by many actors despite the lack of admission around it. 
    Abbe and Justine also discuss how pervasive a phenomenon this is and some ways narrators can counteract those feelings of doubt, and the negative voice that chats in your head. 
    As a voice over coach, Abbe speaks on how she guides students through this, Justine gives the director’s perspective on how you can direct someone when they’re experiencing “Booth Fright”. 

    If you want to dive deeper, there’s a lot of great literature speaking on this topic.
    Check out the following articles and resources:
    https://www.schoolofvoiceover.com/talent-resources/reducing-performance-anxiety-how-to-de-stress/
    https://www.centerforvocalhealth.com/blog/stage-fright-vocal-muscles
    https://edgestudio.com/taming-stage-fright/
    https://www.nethervoice.com/overcoming-performance-anxiety/
    https://www.sarasecora.com/resources/2021/7/15/pzi8ngb0v8ipg3txs8a3ss3mioci7e
    https://voiceovercoach.com.au/7-things-voice-actors-should-never-worry-about/
    https://www.voiceoverxtra.com/article.htm?id=RA2RTA4F
    https://www.voiceactorwebsites.com/i-am-anxiety/

    • 22 min
    Les Horovitz

    Les Horovitz

    Welcome back to another episode of the Audiobook Podcast! Today, Justine and Abbe are joined in conversation with Les Horovitz, voice actor and audiobook narrator.
    It’s never too late to follow your passions. Les Horovitz worked in accounting and finance for almost 30 years, when he made the switch to becoming a professional voice over artist and audiobook narrator, with now 30 over titles to his name! We chat to him about his unique journey, insights on the industry and tips he has for aspiring narrators. 
    The conversation opens up into the benefits of getting professional training and the craft of voice acting and audiobook narration, as well as a deep dive into pivotal steps that projected Les’s career, and more voice over advise with Abbe Holmes!
    Find out more about Les at leshorovitz.com
    Voice Over Coaching inquiries, you can reach Abbe at abbe@voiceovercoach.com.au 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

AstridWells ,

Detailed, entertaining & rich with content

I’ve been a voice artist and actor for 20 years and learnt so much! I also loved this podcast from an audiobook audience enthusiast viewpoint.
It’s SO interesting and engaging.
Thank you!

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