19 Mar What are the Different Types of Narration Voices?
Audiobook narration versus documentary narration and when to use them
Audiobook and documentary narration voiceover are two similar, yet different styles of voiceover. Both can be considered “narration voices,” yet documentaries offer video imagery to complement the spoken-word narration.
Audiobook narration, on the other hand, can require a narration voice to embody full characterizations to facilitate the storytelling, often transitioning from characters to the narrator and back again. The ability to bring an audiobook alive requires acting chops as well as a practiced narration style.
The most important thing for a documentary narration voice is to facilitate the story-telling without distracting from it. It’s important for the documentary narration voice to embody the tone of the context within which the voice is to inhabit. Thus it’s important for a narrator to be able to imagine the supporting elements of the documentary style, like music, setting, and subject matter. The narrator must identify how they can seamlessly integrate their performance into the constantly changing flow of elements that make up a changing mood and tone of work.