By Stephanie E. Ponder
YOU MAY NOT know Scott Brick’s
name, but if you’re a fan of audiobooks,
chances are you know his voice. The
audiobook narrator has recorded more
than 600 titles since he began working in
the field in 2000, winning more than 50
AudioFile magazine Earphone Awards
and two Audie Awards, which are granted
by the Audio Publishers Association.
His recent recordings include The
Assassin, by Clive Cussler, and The Job,
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg;
both are among this month’s book buyer’s pick of audiobooks.
The Connection recently caught up with Brick, a
Costco member, in Chicago on the day of the annual
Audie Awards and chatted with him about what it
takes to record an audiobook, his career and more.
The Costco Connection: What is the process of recording an audiobook?
Scott Brick: You have to read the book ahead
of time so that you know first and foremost the
character references. Is he from Brooklyn or Atlanta?
They are going to sound completely different. You
have to know what happens at the end of the story
so that you can help the [authors] do their work.
Especially if it’s a whodunit, I need to know who
done it. And I need to know who the red herring is.
Because the author wants you to be misdirected, I
need to know that so I can read that character
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I’VE LONG BEEN a book
purist. That is, I’ve always
sworn by physical books.
But, as the years pass and I
;nd myself spending more
time stuck in traf;c or in
the kitchen re-creating my
mother’s recipes, I’ve found
that audiobooks are a great
This month I’d like to
encourage anyone who has
ever sworn that listening
just isn’t the same as
reading to try an audiobook. True, they are
different experiences, but
both have a place in my
schedule. And, ;nding a
book with a reader as
skilled as Scott Brick (see
story) is a great way to
Whether you’re caught
up in the coloring craze or
spend hours knitting, beading or painting, I can’t
think of a more fun way
to combine reading with
a favorite activity.
A variety of audiobooks
(Item #1071201, available
now) is available in all
For more book picks,
see page 55.
There is lots of research
depending on the subject matter
… like character or place names, words
and phrases in other languages. I
learned a long time ago that if you
guess how something is pronounced,
you will be wrong.
While reading it the first time I’ll
highlight things and go through the
manuscript later, pull out everything
that has been highlighted and then …
It takes about two hours to record one hour.
[Recording is] typically about six hours a day. It all
depends on how many breaks I want to take, how
many I need. If you don’t [take breaks], your energy
really flags, and you have to sound the same at the end
of your 90-minute session as you did at the beginning.
CC: How did you get into this line of work?
SB: I was always a huge fan of old-time radio
since I was kid. And I’ve always loved the spoken
word, and the closest thing we have to that nowadays is audiobooks. It turned out a buddy of mine I
went to college with … was working for Dove Audio
at the time. He got me my first audition that led to
my first book, and it was wonderful.
CC: What would you say to people who claim
to not enjoy audiobooks?
SB: If somebody was struggling with it, I would
ask them to remember what it felt like to be read to
as a child, and how much they enjoyed it then. I want
to ask people who think they’re not going to enjoy it
now, “Why do you think it would be different?”
People ask me all the time why I think audiobooks have become so prolific. And everybody
assumes it’s because technology has made it such that
we can listen anywhere at any time. I say, well, yeah,
absolutely, that’s part of it. But I think they are so
popular because we loved being read to as children.
CC: To what do you attribute your success?
SB: [My girlfriend] said, “I think Scott’s success
is because he is a genuine fan of what he works on.”
If it wasn’t for the fact that she said that only like 12
hours ago, I probably wouldn’t be able to answer
your question. But I know I definitely am a
fan. I dearly love literature. C
Now hear this
The art of audiobook narration
Pennie Clark Ianniciello
Costco book buyer
OUR DIGITAL EDITIONS
Click here for a excerpt of Scott
Brick reading from Clive Cussler’s The
Assassin. (See page 13 for details.)