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Paulina Zelitsky

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Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 10:54 AM

About time space for Quotations

Please advise if the narrator must verbally announce quotations at the start of Chapter (quote-unquote) and the time space required before and after the quotations prior to the narrating main text. As far as I understand the current rules of Audible require 1 second prior to the title of Chapter, 2.5 seconds prior to the start of text and 5 seconds at the tail of Chapter. I could not find any rules dealing with quotations at the beginning of each Chapter.

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Print Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 03:50 PM
Thank you Ryan. We have recorded quotations exactly the way you are advising because we felt just like you about it. You have always answered fast my questions, very impressive and very helpful. Very important for the peace of mind and confidence.

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Print Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 11:16 AM
Whether or not you include the quotations listed at the start of the chapter in the audiobook is ultimately up to you. I haven't noticed many narrators announcing "quote" and "end quote" when citing a quotation. What I have heard more often is they just read the quote, pause for a moment, and say the name of the person whom they were quoting from. (As a listener, however, I have sometimes thought to myself that I would have liked to know that it was a quote from the moment the narrator started reading it instead of finding out at the end....you could do something different that might be more helpful to the reader, such as, "Quotation from John Brown.....(read the quote).....End quote".)

To make it easier for the listener to find their place when navigating the audiobooks (and I believe Audible recommends this as well), it is best when a file starts a new chapter to begin it by announcing the name or number of the chapter ("Chapter Two"). If the print version of the book has the quote printed above the title of the chapter, you might just change the order for the audiobook (announce the chapter, then read the quote).

In terms of pauses between content within the file, other than the head and tail, I think as long as the pauses are reasonable (I would avoid any pauses over maybe 3 seconds, as it could sound like "dead air") Audible should be fine with it. In terms of the head and tail of each file, just follow this guideline and you should be good:

"Each uploaded file must have between 0.5 and 1 second of room tone at the head, and between 1 and 5 seconds of room tone at the tail."

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