More from the Opera Singer/AudioBook Narrator/Producer (part 2)

In Part I, I told you how I got started formatting my existing books into audio books with the help of my producer/narrator Carin Gilfry. Here is the rest of Carin’s story.

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Carin as Estrella in Life is a Dream at the Santa Fe Opera

Carin Gilfry, narrator: I always knew how each character should sound by the way the dialogue was written. Cheets in particular, the mischievous and very effervescent elf, quickly became my favorite. I always wanted to be a Disney princess, but in reality, I think I was more like Cheets as a child. Eager, loud, and always wanting to be everyone’s friend. I always intended to narrate books when not in a production, but I actually narrated EEElf, while in rehearsals for Offenbach’s La Perichole with New York City Opera. It worked surprisingly well. Though, I did get locked in a hotel closet, trying to find a quiet space to narrate… Adventures of audiobook narration on the road!children's books, audio books, the fabled forest, elves, fairies

After The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf, I narrated Bertie the Bookworm and the Bully Boys. This book has about 20 different characters in it, all with very distinct personalities. Typically with ACX, a narrator submits the first 15 minutes of a book for approval by the publisher, and within those first 15 minutes a lot of the characters appear, and the publisher can decide if they like the characterizations or not. For Bertie, I had a LOT of characters to give voices to, and may of them were not in the first 15 minutes of the book.

I decided to record a 20 minute long sample of all the different voices I was thinking of, and send it to Trisha. Doing that first gave me a great blueprint for how the book would come to life.  Listen to Sample (Bertie, the Bookworm…)

Every time I record one of Trisha’s books, I can’t help but smile. Her stories are so charming, so sweet, so fun, and they are full of characters I adore. It is so wonderful to get to take on the voices of all these characters. Especially after a long day of singing modern opera or narrating poorly written spy

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Carin as Thelma Yablonski in Later the Same Evening at the Glimmerglass Festival

novels! I feel transported in to their world. I know it’s strange to say, but Cheets, Emma, Donald, and all the rest of the recurring Fabled Forest gang, feel like a part of me. I get excited when they do, I laugh when they laugh… literally and figuratively. I have been a part of their world for 7 months now, and I absolutely love it.

I have just finished working on the first book of the Fabled Forest Series, Emma and the Lost Unicorn and re-recording Stanley, the Stalwart Dragon. Listen Emma Sample    It is available now on,, & www.iTunes. I can’t wait to go back to the forest tomorrow!
Listenfairy tales, fables, elves, fairies, running away, audio booksElf Demo  (The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf).  Since this writing, I have completed the audio book for “Stanley, the Stalwart Dragon” and it will be available in a couple of weeks.donald

TS:  My narrator had some nice things to say about the latest in my audio books that we have worked on together: “I love this story. It is so sweet and has a great arc. I’m currently working on four books but yours are always my favorite, and this one is at the top of my list. There is nothing like narrating a really fun kids book with lots of crazy characters after a long day of poorly written spy novels… (ugh!)” THANKS! Carin

To read Part I of How to Create an Audiobook, click here

Carin has recently been vetted by and is an: Approved Producer and Narrator

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