Audiobook Acting

A Masterclass in the Art and the Business

242 pages
Silman-James Press
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"After working with Taro for over 20 years on a variety of projects I have come to know all of the talents Taro has as an audiobook producer. She brings a unique and rare perspective to every project. Taro works with talent to draw out and perfect the best performance—not just the best read. . . . There are few producers who work in audiobooks who look at a project from the actor’s point of view. But whether it is an audiobook project, a music project, or writing, Taro brings a wealth of acting and producing knowledge and experience.” — Pete Pantelis, Grammy Award-winning audio production engineer

“What makes her a wonderful audio director is that she understands language (why this word or phrase at this moment) and the beats in the book (where we are emotionally and how to build to there or from there), and her overall approach to theproject is from an actor’s point of view, which is extremely helpful to the reader.” — Joe Morton, actor, and winner of Emmy, Audie, Lucille Lortel, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and NAACP Image awards

“I love working with Taro and can think of no one more qualified to write a book on audiobook acting. She’s able to communicate with tremendous clarity how to best navigate the medium with precision, freedom, and fun. Combine that with her innate understanding of great storytelling and you have a phenomenal audiobook director and mentor.” —Kevin Isola, actor, adjunct teacher, NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate acting program

“We worked together on five books . . . and my trust in her deepened with each book. She taught me so much about the art of storytelling! Now . . . some 450 books later, I still hear her voice in my head, offering sage advice whenever I encounter a particularly challenging passage and reminding me to always keep the narrative fresh and engaging.” — Gerard Doyle, actor, and winner of Audie, Earphone, and AudioFile awards

Audiobook Acting: A Masterclass in the Art and the Business is the roadmap to compelling audiobook storytelling. Written as if you are in a personal coaching session with Taro Meyer, each chapter focuses on a single topic and offers illuminating stories andworkouts that allow you to practice and progress at your own pace. New actors will learn to handle any type of book—as well as howto produce a demo, make submissions, and access industry resources—and experienced professionals will learn new techniques.

Master powerful techniques that will enable you to 

  • Strengthen your voice through proper breathing and vocal placement
  • Develop a tone and point of view for each book
  • Fuse your interpretation with the author’s
  • Create evocative imagery
  • Develop identifiable, vibrant characters


Taro Meyer

About Taro Meyer

Taro Meyer is a Grammy-winning audiobook producer and director whose work has garnered Audie and Earphone awards. Her productions have been named to the lists for ALA Notable Recordings, the YALSA Top Ten, Publishers Weekly Annual Best of the Best, and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults.  A former actor and singer, Meyer starred on Broadway in Zorba, with Anthony Quinn, and in the miniseries Memories of Midnight, opposite Omar Sharif. She has also starred off Broadway and in daytime TV.   Meyer received Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s (TSO) management company and was co-producer of the multiple companies of TSO’s arena show, Christmas Eve and Other Stories. She co-produced the TV Special, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (PBS, FOX) and directed Ossie Davis in the narrated version of the album of the same name.  Meyer wrote and co-produced the children’s album Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist and Grammy winner Patti Austin. She is currently working on the development of a rock opera, Tale of Two Cities, with Krebs Communications Corporation.
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