Audiobook Training

Audiobooks are more popular than ever thanks to the ease at which you can download a book onto your mp3 player or computer. They help make long commutes and treadmill time more enjoyable and are fantastic for those with visual impairments. Recording voice over for an audiobook can be pretty tricky, and the narrator must be able to have the stamina, breath control and variety to keep a listener interested from the first paragraph to the last. Learn from the best audiobook narrator instructors in the industry, and the next time someone purchases an audiobook it might be you narrating it!

Meet our audiobook specialists!

Carol Monda

Audiobook, Audition, Commercial, Documentary, Narration

Carol is an actor, voiceover talent and Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has read for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, Audible.Com, Hachette, HighBridge, Clipper Audio, Edge Studio, Books on Tape, Academic Merit, and Redwood Audio's listentogenius.com. She has been a featured narrator in Audiofile magazine, Voiceover Xtra, and the Recorded Books Catalog. In addition to narrating several documentaries, Carol has been "the voice" of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival since 2010 and has voiced tributes to such luminaries as Jean Paul Belmondo, the Houstons, Luise Rainer, and Eli Wallach. Her commercial voiceover clients have included HSBC, USDA, Seton Hall, AFL-CIO, Bell Atlantic, Sag-Aftra, Amazon and McDonald's, among others. She regularly voices promos for TCM & TNT. In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, she is an adjunct professor of narration and commercial voiceover at NYU's Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She has led classes for over 20 years in voice, acting, scene study, and auditioning at such schools as Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Belvoir Terrace. Carol has also worked as a theatre director and voice and acting teacher at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School. At Edge, Carol focuses on students' goals and explores the nuances of oral interpretation, vocal technique, point of view and text analysis. She aims to cultivate in each of her students the most effective and evocative delivery possible.

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Carol Monda

VO Coach, Director, and Audiobook Expert

Location: NY - New York City

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Online Checkups, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Audiobook, Audition, Commercial, Documentary, Narration

To schedule with Carol call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

Carol is an actor, voiceover talent and Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has read for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, Audible.Com, Hachette, HighBridge, Clipper Audio, Edge Studio, Books on Tape, Academic Merit, and Redwood Audio's listentogenius.com. She has been a featured narrator in Audiofile magazine, Voiceover Xtra, and the Recorded Books Catalog.

In addition to narrating several documentaries, Carol has been "the voice" of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival since 2010 and has voiced tributes to such luminaries as Jean Paul Belmondo, the Houstons, Luise Rainer, and Eli Wallach.
Her commercial voiceover clients have included HSBC, USDA, Seton Hall, AFL-CIO, Bell Atlantic, Sag-Aftra, Amazon and McDonald's, among others. She regularly voices promos for TCM & TNT.

In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, she is an adjunct professor of narration and commercial voiceover at NYU's Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She has led classes for over 20 years in voice, acting, scene study, and auditioning at such schools as Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Belvoir Terrace. Carol has also worked as a theatre director and voice and acting teacher at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School.

At Edge, Carol focuses on students' goals and explores the nuances of oral interpretation, vocal technique, point of view and text analysis. She aims to cultivate in each of her students the most effective and evocative delivery possible.

Johnny Heller

Audiobook, Commercial

Johnny Heller is praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy and children's book narrations. He is a 2008, 2009, and 2011 "Best Audio Book" winner, a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award winner from 2008-2013, a 2005 and 2009 "Audie Award" winner, a double Audie nominee in 2012, selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, and a multiple Audiophile Earphone Award winner. In 2014, Johnny was awarded two Listen Up Awards for his work on Polly Shulman’s "The Wells Bequest” for Penguin Audio and “In a Glass Grimmly” by Adam Gidwitz. A cum laude honors graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Johnny worked as a reporter for the Chicago SunTimes before pursuing a career in acting. Heller studied theater in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and appeared for a number of years in the long running hit Shear Madness. He also worked at the Northlight Repertory and the Goodman Theater. Heller’s plays have been performed in New York and Chicago theaters and he is currently writing a book for young adults. After studying comedy improvisation and performing in a traveling company, Heller found success as a stand up comic working at clubs across the country. He still does stand up on occasion but his major focus continues to be in the world of voice-over and narration. Heller’s distinctive voice has always kept him in demand in the commercial voice over industry and audio book narration. He has recorded nearly 500 titles touching on almost every genre. The Library Journal says Heller has “the voice of a master storyteller.” AudioFile Magazine calls him "the best narrator for children's books around”. His narration skills led the School Library Journal to say, "Listening to Heller is so much fun it's difficult to imagine simply reading the book.” And AudioFile says “Heller makes nonfiction as thrilling as any action-adventure.” ...

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Johnny Heller

VO Coach and Audiobook Expert

Location: NY - New York City

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Audiobook, Commercial

To schedule with Johnny call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

Johnny Heller is praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy and children's book narrations.
He is a 2008, 2009, and 2011 "Best Audio Book" winner, a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award winner from 2008-2013, a 2005 and 2009 "Audie Award" winner, a double Audie nominee in 2012, selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, and a multiple Audiophile Earphone Award winner.

In 2014, Johnny was awarded two Listen Up Awards for his work on Polly Shulman’s "The Wells Bequest” for Penguin Audio and “In a Glass Grimmly” by Adam Gidwitz.

A cum laude honors graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Johnny worked as a reporter for the Chicago SunTimes before pursuing a career in acting. Heller studied theater in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and appeared for a number of years in the long running hit Shear Madness. He also worked at the Northlight Repertory and the Goodman Theater.

Heller’s plays have been performed in New York and Chicago theaters and he is currently writing a book for young adults. After studying comedy improvisation and performing in a traveling company, Heller found success as a stand up comic working at clubs across the country. He still does stand up on occasion but his major focus continues to be in the world of voice-over and narration.

Heller’s distinctive voice has always kept him in demand in the commercial voice over industry and audio book narration. He has recorded nearly 500 titles touching on almost every genre.

The Library Journal says Heller has “the voice of a master storyteller.” AudioFile Magazine calls him "the best narrator for children's books around”. His narration skills led the School Library Journal to say, "Listening to Heller is so much fun it's difficult to imagine simply reading the book.” And AudioFile says “Heller makes nonfiction as thrilling as any action-adventure.”

Arthur Insana

Audiobook

When it comes to contributing industry perspective, L.A.-based Arthur G. Insana has that covered. He’s participated in and led (and literally covered) just about every part of the audio business. Arthur (his nieces and nephew call him “Uncle Artie”) is a multi-award-winning pioneer in the resurgence of audio theatre, having produced and directed some of the highest-grossing and most elaborate sound-design-intensive audiodramas ever – including the full-cast, full-production Star Wars: Dark Empire series for Time Warner/Lucasfilm, and The Historian, a multi-cast bestseller for Time Warner. Of audiodrama, he notes what voice actors add to the storytelling process: “One of the true joys about coaching aspiring narrators is witnessing how they come to embrace Theatre of the Mind… using the power of voice to bring a writer’s words to life.” All in all (and counting), Arthur is credited with ... • 1,000+ audio productions for most of the major publishing companies • 40+ best-selling audiodramas, audiobooks, and audio documentaries (N.Y. Times, Publishers Weekly) • 10 Audie nominations • 3 Audie wins • 9 audio productions named “Best of Year” Wait, wait, there’s more ... Arthur has extensive experience in reporting, editing and managing a wide variety of magazine and editorial operations on a national level, including the managing editor position at On Location Magazine and Shape (a women's health and fitness publication), and U.S. features/film editor for Media Press International. In addition, he has covered business, advertising, media, entertainment and technology for Film & Video Magazine, Screen Magazine, Millimeter Magazine, Post Magazine, Location Update, Advertising Age, TVIndustry.com, Kabang.com, iMediaConnection.com, and others. Insana has edited 10 books on screen and television writing and film/digital movie production, as well as two college-level science textbooks for California Sate University, Long Beach. He is also widely experienced as a graphic designer and is developing original content for TV, Internet TV, film and the Web. This includes documentary, informational, live-action and animation projects. In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, Arthur is president of InsanaMedia.com, a full-service creative media company providing audio/video production, writing/editing services, Web/print graphic design, corporate communications, and radio/TV advertising. He recently launched TheMillenniusGroup, a creative networking group for writers, producers, directors, actors, artists and entrepreneurial thinkers. He’s also in the process of re-launching www.the-future.com, aiming to make it the premier portal for chronicling new achievements in all areas of human endeavor. Speaking of bringing things to life, he also brings a number of other activities into his own life, including creating digital art, writing fiction, blues guitar, and tennis. ...

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Arthur Insana

VO Coach

Location: CA - Los Angeles

Coaching Formats: Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Audiobook

To schedule with Arthur call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

When it comes to contributing industry perspective, L.A.-based Arthur G. Insana has that covered. He’s participated in and led (and literally covered) just about every part of the audio business.

Arthur (his nieces and nephew call him “Uncle Artie”) is a multi-award-winning pioneer in the resurgence of audio theatre, having produced and directed some of the highest-grossing and most elaborate sound-design-intensive audiodramas ever – including the full-cast, full-production Star Wars: Dark Empire series for Time Warner/Lucasfilm, and The Historian, a multi-cast bestseller for Time Warner.

Of audiodrama, he notes what voice actors add to the storytelling process: “One of the true joys about coaching aspiring narrators is witnessing how they come to embrace Theatre of the Mind… using the power of voice to bring a writer’s words to life.”

All in all (and counting), Arthur is credited with ...
• 1,000+ audio productions for most of the major publishing companies
• 40+ best-selling audiodramas, audiobooks, and audio documentaries (N.Y. Times, Publishers Weekly)
• 10 Audie nominations
• 3 Audie wins
• 9 audio productions named “Best of Year”

Wait, wait, there’s more ... Arthur has extensive experience in reporting, editing and managing a wide variety of magazine and editorial operations on a national level, including the managing editor position at On Location Magazine and Shape (a women's health and fitness publication), and U.S. features/film editor for Media Press International. In addition, he has covered business, advertising, media, entertainment and technology for Film & Video Magazine, Screen Magazine, Millimeter Magazine, Post Magazine, Location Update, Advertising Age, TVIndustry.com, Kabang.com, iMediaConnection.com, and others.

Insana has edited 10 books on screen and television writing and film/digital movie production, as well as two college-level science textbooks for California Sate University, Long Beach. He is also widely experienced as a graphic designer and is developing original content for TV, Internet TV, film and the Web. This includes documentary, informational, live-action and animation projects.

In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, Arthur is president of InsanaMedia.com, a full-service creative media company providing audio/video production, writing/editing services, Web/print graphic design, corporate communications, and radio/TV advertising.

He recently launched TheMillenniusGroup, a creative networking group for writers, producers, directors, actors, artists and entrepreneurial thinkers.

He’s also in the process of re-launching www.the-future.com, aiming to make it the premier portal for chronicling new achievements in all areas of human endeavor.

Speaking of bringing things to life, he also brings a number of other activities into his own life, including creating digital art, writing fiction, blues guitar, and tennis.

Audiobook Evaluation

Private voice over evaluations are designed to candidly assess your ability to either supplement your income or work full-time as a voice over actor. Terrific for anyone with a unique voice, previous training, or specific goals. Also consider the Investigate Voice Over Class.

Skype/Telephone Consultation

Audiobook Consultation

When you have questions or want guidance, it helps to speak to someone with experience in that topic. That's why we offer private consultations. You'll speak one-to-one with an industry expert and have a terrific opportunity to take advantage of their knowledge and expertise.

Audiobook Training

While we offer a variety of important classes here at Edge Studio, we also provide private voice over training. Each approach has important benefits. One-to-one voice over coaching -- with an experienced professional coach -- is sometimes the best way to hone your delivery and fine tune your performance.

Audiobook Demo Recording

Your voiceover demo is quite possibly the single most useful tool you have in getting your voice heard and allowing potential clients to have a full understanding of what you offer as a unique and professional voice talent. Because of this, it is crucial that your demo be of pristine quality and represent you in the best possible light.
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$30 Performance Checkup

Get private professional feedback on a recording for $30! Upload a recording of one script up to 60-seconds long, and receive professional feedback in your inbox! Select from our industry experts, or let us match you with a coach who specializes in the genre of your recording.
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