Why are audiobooks narrated by a single narrator instead of several ones?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    Some are.  There are some that are billed as "full cast" productions, with multiple narrators.  Others have two or more narrators who may alternate chapters - I listened to one where the POV switched between the two main characters every other chapter, and there was one narrator for each of them.  But in general, this costs more money and so is reserved for big hits.

  • 1 month ago

    It's less pricey and most people can do different voices for other characters 

  • Speed
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The same reason they don't switch actors in the middle of a movie. The loss of continuity would be jarring to the intended audience.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$   1)  a reader who is a celebrity or the author will sell more copies than a bunch of not-so-famous or no-names   2)  paying for 1 instead of a group is usually cheaper - especially if read by the author who is anxious for many to be sold, not just a one-time fee.

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  • 1 month ago

    Firstly, money. Secondly, logistics (which is a specialised form of money).

    Hiring two narrators to do, say, five hours each usually costs more than hiring one narrator to do ten hours. Audiobooks are usually recorded very quickly (a matter of days). Unless a particular narrator is needed only for a couple of scenes, all the narrators will be in the studio for (almost) every day of recording, which means they all get paid for (almost) the whole time.

    Even if the book is one where narrator A reads chapter 1, then narrator B reads chapter 2, then narrator A reads chapter 3 and so on, so you don't need them in the studio at the same time, it's more work in editing and post-production than with one narrator.

    If you want everybody in the same room for recording, you'll need a bigger studio than if you have just one narrator, and it's more work to find days when everyone's available. If everybody's working in their own studios and maybe collaborating over the internet, it can be a lot of work to edit the book together and make it sound as though everyone was in the same room.

  • 1 month ago

    They aren't. Every, single audiobook out there is narrated by several people. Any single name mentioned on the packaging is merely a marketing ploy. Being trained actors, all the narrators can project their voices so that they all sound the same. This is to stop listeners from getting confused.

  • Robert
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In many cases it is narrated by the author.   In other cases it is probably to get the book done quickly and inexpensively.

  • 1 month ago

    Some audio books are "performed" by multiple voice actors. Most voice actors are able to change their voices enough to allow listeners to distinguish between different characters.  The voice actor uses different pitch, accent, and cadence.  It's easier from a production perspective to have a single artist.

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