*Name: Judith Bareham
*Tell us a bit about yourself: I am British born, married to Jonathan (a Brit also) and mom of three children –( a daughter 23, and two boys 20 and 15) who moved to the USA in 2000. Now I live in Charlotte NC and until recently was a stay at home mom, who home-schooled my sons for three and 8 years respectively. Until now, I didn’t have the capacity to pursue being a voice actress but the time was right this year to step into it fully and embrace it!
How did you become involved with audiobook narration and production? Well last year I began training with a voice acting coach and decided this was now or never to pursue
That dream. I want to pursue other voice acting realms too, but I think narration will always be the solid foundation of what I do.
I have always narrated for as long as I can recall, from High school back in the day to amateur dramatics in plays, and I was asked to narrate because I was a good storyteller.
I have always loved acting but love being behind the mic as well as on stage.
Way back, I read newspapers for the Blind, near where I lived in the UK as I believe it’s vitally important that there are great resources available. And of course, audiobooks fit that brilliantly.
I began with Audible this year and auditioned for titles which interested me and were a good fit and here I am.
Tell us about some of the titles you’ve narrated. Do you have a favourite amongst these? Well, as I have just started out I don’t have a long list to my name yet, but I completed Mathamagical in the spring which was a brilliant rendering of a teenage boy who is struggling with math and generally down on his luck. Until he discovers a magical world of math and is able to succeed in solving problems along the way.
I am working on a “how to book for teachers” which although is not a story, is motivational in style and I am finding I really enjoy this style of book too – I like to solve problems and help people so I feel a passion for what I am reading.
I volunteer for the Library for the Blind in Washington DC too, when they have titles for me and as time allows.
*Tell us about your process for narrating? (Be as elaborate as you like.)
A book with multiple characters like Mathamgical (there were 19) I have to think about how they would sound of course, but I begin to imagine how they would move, what they would wear, their characteristics – are they snippy or patient, do they zip through life or are they moody or grumpy about life?
This helps me tap into the voices better and help them become believable.
In the case of Lilie, she just fit a Scottish voice because of her breed but I have a dog Nelson, who I believe is very human in his responses so I took facets of him too and applied that to her voice.
Prior to the recording I spend time editing and looking for any misprints or issues which might cause me a problem as the narrator, so I try to fix those before recording.
That’s harder for a long book but it saves headaches down the road!
Then I begin recording and that’s the fun part.
What aspects do you find most enjoyable? Definitely doing accents and dialects and acting in my booth.
I love it when I can really get into a part
What do you find least enjoyable? Editing – it’s a beast.
Why do you think audiobooks are becoming so popular? I think they always have been popular but increasingly so in the age of people being more mobile and able to access great content more easily.
It used to be incredibly expensive to buy a hard copy of an audiobook on CDS and you were limited to what your library had perhaps.
But now there are hundreds of titles made accessible – we can listen anywhere, anytime.
Can you remember the first audiobook you owned? Black Beauty and I wore it out
If you could narrate any book you wanted which would it be and why? Oooh that’s tough. Specific titles are hard ………
I love Maeve Binchy novels because the Irish accent is one of my favorites to do
And I love the lilt and pace of it.
But equally children’s’ stories with trolls, knights, pirates, or woodland creatures – I love mice, rabbits, badgers and live in a world in my head where animals talk – a combination of any of those would be fun to do!
Please tell us a silly fact about yourself. I am pretty competitive and so I have this hang up from childhood, where my brother and I used to outwit each other by being the last person to have sweets or chocolate left from Easter or Christmas. He beat me every time. So to this day, I still have little stashes of chocolate and sweets I haven’t eaten yet, in the house – it drives my family insane! They’re just jealous they don’t have the same will power…….
Where can we learn more about you? My website – Judith Bareham tells a little more about me.
I have a blog which I write approximately every other week and you can access on my site.
Social Media links:
Facebook – Judith Bareham
Judith is narrating Where’s Noodles? by Victoria Zigler. Check out the links here:
Barnes & Noble:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1724843222/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1724843222/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1724843222/