Celebrity Voices...Book It With Audio Books--Celebs Make Audio Book Listening More Fun

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Famous celebrities become the "make or break voice" for popular audio books on tape or CD. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Julie Roberts, Uma Thurman and others cash in on growing audio book demand.

The business of reading for audio books, of becoming the “voice” for popular or classic books has indeed become big business. Some of the most famous names in show business spend countless hours in small, confined quarters becoming the character that so many of us recognize on the silver screen, television or from reading the actual written book.

Some of the famous actors include Ethan Hawke “Call of the Wild”, Brad Pitt “All the Pretty Horses”, Julie Roberts “Nanny Diaries”, Uma Thurman “Maneater”, Sissy Spacek “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Gary Sinese “Of Mice and Men” and many others too numerous to mention. The business is important enough that a Grammy is awarded each year to the winning reader. Last year’s award went to Bill Clinton for his work on “My Life.” Past winners include such people as Quincy Jones for “Q”, George Carlin for “Napalm and Silly Putty” and John Stewart and his Daily Show cast for “America.”

The industry has grown by “leaps and bounds” with the decline in literary reading and the rapid increase in audio book listening on CD or Tape. A recent Audio Publishers Association (APA) report estimates the audio book business to exceed $1 billion dollars. Many feel this estimate to be conservative. The proliferation of new titles and the increasing demand of drivers has added to this growth.

NPR (National Public Radio) recently reported on the increasing demand for professional voices required to accurately reflect the “tone” of the book and to provide the narration that can “make or break a book”. NPR accurately reported that the audio book reader business has become a finely tuned art. The need for professional readers is growing at a rapid rate and celebrities have found a niche that suits their talents very well.

The audio book reader business has become so large that each year a national audition is held in Manhattan, N.Y. to “find” those voices to narrate audio books. The audition gives each “hopeful” five minutes to read at the audition at a cost of $800 per participant. From the hundreds of applicants, only a handful are chosen to become paid readers.

About audiotogo, http://www.audiotogo.com:

The company offers more than 23,000 title selections and has the industry’s broadest range of out-of-print or hard-to-find titles. Founded in 2003, audiotogo is unique in offering multiple selections complete at one time. Your selections are not sent in multiple parts/shipments like most companies. Your titles are mailed to your door with no late fees or due dates. You simply return your finished book(s) and your next complete selection(s) is mailed to you (postage free). Find audiotogo at http://www.audiotogo.com.

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Lake Barrington, IL 60010




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