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 a veteran actor on stage, TV, film and microphone. Her voiceover clients include McDonald’s, Discovery ID, The Guggenheim, NY Historical Society, HSBC, Red Cross, KLX, Tena, CitiCorp, the AFL-CIO and the Toronto, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. Since 2010, Carol has been the voice of the Turner Classic Film Festival. She is also a 2-time Audie Award–winning audiobook narrator of over 450 titles in 20 genres. She has narrated for Penguin Random House, Harper, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, Blackstone, Recorded Books, Deyan, Brilliance, Highbridge, Audible and more. She has designed and led classes in acting, voice and speech, scene study, audition techniques, text analysis, accent reduction, audiobook narration and a broad range of commercial, promo and narrative voiceover. Carol has served as an adjunct professor in both commercial voiceover and narration at NYU’s Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She’s directed and taught acting and voice at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School and at Belvoir Terrace in the Berkshires. Carol has also worked in and around Washington, DC at Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Second Genesis. In addition to being a professional VO Talent, Carol has appeared as a presenter, panelist and teacher at conferences such as VO Atlanta, the Audio Publishers Assn. Conference, and the New England Audiobook Narrator Retreat. She is a proud member of Sag-Aftra and serves on its National Audiobook Steering Committee. Carol holds a BFA in Drama from The Catholic University of America. At Edge, Carol focuses on client goals and explores the nuances of voice acting, vocal technique, flow, 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 a veteran actor on stage, TV, film and microphone. Her voiceover clients include McDonald’s, Discovery ID, The Guggenheim, NY Historical Society, HSBC, Red Cross, KLX, Tena, CitiCorp, the AFL-CIO and the Toronto, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. Since 2010, Carol has been the voice of the Turner Classic Film Festival. She is also a 2-time Audie Award–winning audiobook narrator of over 450 titles in 20 genres. She has narrated for Penguin Random House, Harper, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, Blackstone, Recorded Books, Deyan, Brilliance, Highbridge, Audible and more.

She has designed and led classes in acting, voice and speech, scene study, audition techniques, text analysis, accent reduction, audiobook narration and a broad range of commercial, promo and narrative voiceover.

Carol has served as an adjunct professor in both commercial voiceover and narration at NYU’s Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She’s directed and taught acting and voice at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School and at Belvoir Terrace in the Berkshires. Carol has also worked in and around Washington, DC at Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Second Genesis.

In addition to being a professional VO Talent, Carol has appeared as a presenter, panelist and teacher at conferences such as VO Atlanta, the Audio Publishers Assn. Conference, and the New England Audiobook Narrator Retreat. She is a proud member of Sag-Aftra and serves on its National Audiobook Steering Committee. Carol holds a BFA in Drama from The Catholic University of America.

At Edge, Carol focuses on client goals and explores the nuances of voice acting, vocal technique, flow, 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 an award-winning actor and VO coach with over 35 years of experience in the industry. He has found success in voice-over, stage, television and stand-up comedy. Johnny has narrated nearly 700 audiobook titles in every genre. He has garnered almost every award the industry can bestow, including two Audies, over 30 Earphone Awards, and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards for 2008-2014. Heller was named one of the Top Voices of the 20th Century by Audiofile Magazine. He has received multiple starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly and has been featured in countless industry podcast interviews. Johnny has been nominated for six Audie Awards including Best Male Narrator in 2014. He was named a Best Voice of 2008-2011, 2014-2016 and is one of the most sought-after audiobook and commercial VO coaches in America. Johnny’s talents as a VO coach have garnered him opportunities to teach all over the US as well as Canada and London. His game-changing Commercial VO and Audiobook workshops are hugely popular and students keep coming back – saying, for example, “Each workshop I’ve attended has helped me become a better actor … and I can hardly wait for the next one.” 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.” Johnny loves the craft and understands the business, dedicating himself to both by educating others to the highest standard. It's fun for teacher and students alike. In fact, one of his students has said, "Best of all, he keeps you laughing way too hard to notice how quickly you’re improving.” ...

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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 an award-winning actor and VO coach with over 35 years of experience in the industry. He has found success in voice-over, stage, television and stand-up comedy. Johnny has narrated nearly 700 audiobook titles in every genre. He has garnered almost every award the industry can bestow, including two Audies, over 30 Earphone Awards, and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards for 2008-2014. Heller was named one of the Top Voices of the 20th Century by Audiofile Magazine. He has received multiple starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly and has been featured in countless industry podcast interviews.

Johnny has been nominated for six Audie Awards including Best Male Narrator in 2014. He was named a Best Voice of 2008-2011, 2014-2016 and is one of the most sought-after audiobook and commercial VO coaches in America.

Johnny’s talents as a VO coach have garnered him opportunities to teach all over the US as well as Canada and London. His game-changing Commercial VO and Audiobook workshops are hugely popular and students keep coming back – saying, for example, “Each workshop I’ve attended has helped me become a better actor … and I can hardly wait for the next one.”

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.”

Johnny loves the craft and understands the business, dedicating himself to both by educating others to the highest standard. It's fun for teacher and students alike. In fact, one of his students has said, "Best of all, he keeps you laughing way too hard to notice how quickly you’re improving.”

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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