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Bob Souer Narrates Biblical Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 10, 2007

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In the bleak mid-winter flowering into the spring of this passing year, Bob Souer auditioned for a voice over job through Voices.com that was literally of biblical proportions.

In fact, Bob landed the gig and was happy to let both David and I know all about it at the Voice Coaches Marketing Conference in Colonie, NY on a sunny weekend in June.

Join me in my feature interview during the Christmas season with Bob Souer as he shares news about his journey narrating through the all-time #1 best-seller and the greatest story ever told from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation.

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Stephanie: It's amazing that you are recording the entire Bible! Could you please specify which version of the Bible it is and the total word count?

Bob Souer: This project is for the world's largest publisher of Bibles, Thomas Nelson. We're using their "New King James" version. Word count is about 774,000.

Stephanie: What has the process been like so far working on such a large and monumental project? Do you do anything special to prepare for your sessions?

Bob Souer: The process has gone amazingly smoothly. I'm in my home studio in Charlotte, NC, connected via either Source Connect or ISDN (most of the sessions have been done with ISDN thus far, but with the new version of Source Connect coming in about a month we're hoping to be able to move to that system more often) to the main production studio in Nashville, TN. I try to get a short nap before I start my session each day. In a typical week, we record for 4 hours each day Monday through Friday for between 5 and 7 hours on Saturday. Sunday is a day off for all of us.

Stephanie: Which stories are your favorites? Any verses in particular that you enjoy reading aloud?

Bob Souer: Reading the Psalms was a great joy. They lend themselves to being read aloud so very well. Also, some of the familiar passages in Isaiah were very interesting to read in the context of the entire book. In fact, the single most striking thing about taking part in this project is getting an opportunity to experience these familiar stories in the whole context. No matter how familiar an individual story or passage is, it takes on a different flavor when read as part of the whole.

Stephanie: Is there an element of voice acting involved (differentiating individuals in the Bible) or is this project more of a straight narration project?

Bob Souer: We're not doing "characters" as we read, but as I mentioned in conversation with my friend Dan Nachtrab the other day, the key for me has been to keep in mind that it's simply telling stories. Even the genealogies are the story of a family, told in a way that sounds strange to our 21st century ears; but still a story.

Stephanie: Which company hired you? Were you given any specific direction from your client as to interpretation?

Bob Souer: The production and editing are all being done at Northstar Studios in Nashville, TN. They have an audio editor and a producer who are overseeing every detail, both of whom are monitoring the script as I read; so very few mistakes slip through. We have pick-up sessions now and then to go back and correct those few places that we didn't catch as we were recording initially.

Stephanie: How will people be able to purchase / access the recordings and will there be a CD series with all the recordings on them? Have you completed the job as of yet or is there a deadline you have set for yourself?

Bob Souer: This project, as I understand it, is being recorded for distribution as a daily podcast so that at the end of a year, you'll have listened to the entire Bible. I believe that's going to take place through the Thomas Nelson website, possibly through iTunes or another distribution site, too but I don't know the specific details.

As an additional note, I'd just like to say that I'm very grateful for Voices.com and for the way you've helped me connect with not only this project but a number of other clients as well. I wish you, David and your entire team much success.

Stephanie: Thank you for talking with me Bob. It's always a pleasure.

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Related Topics: Bible, Biblical Narration, Bob Souer, Christmas, hired, Interview, ISDN, Narrator, Podcast


Comments


    Stephanie,

    Thank you for so generously talking with me about this project.

    Be well,
    Bob Souer

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      Bob,

      I can think of no one better to tackle a project such as this. We are all so very proud of you!

      Thank you for this wonderful interview with an amazing talent Stephanie!

      Kara

      Posted by:

        Hey Stephanie!

        Thanks SO much for sharing this wonderful interview with Bob!

        If ANYONE is suited to this project, Bob is! He's one of the nicest & most generous people I am blessed to know!

        And he's an AWESOME VO as well! GO BOB!!!!!! :-)

        Peace!

        Liz

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          Bob,

          I guess this would have to be the ULTIMATE voiceover job. Does this mean you're at the pinnacle of your professional career? Once you've read the Bible, where do you go from there???? I sure would be curious as to how long the entire process takes you, from beginning to end.

          Wow! What a feather in your cap!

          Congratulations!
          Robin Rowan

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          • Robin Rowan
          • December 11, 2007 9:50 AM

            Bob Souer was perfectly cast for this project, and I'm not just saying this because he is a friend. Thank you Stephanie for providing this interview, and for sharing member's success stories.

            Thanks for listening!

            All the Best,
            Bobbin

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              All I can do is ECHOOOOO the comments of others "I can think of no one better to tackle a project like this..." If I can be quite honest, this project would have completely blown me so far out of the water I would have been dehydrated by the time I hit the ground.

              These words come to mind: daunting, impossible, nevergonnahappen etc. BUT, the very first person I would think of who COULD do it is Bob Souer!

              I'm not only confident in his ability, I'm also very proud of him!

              Blessings to you Bob.

              Stephanie, thanks for taking time to share this with us.

              Brian in Charlotte

              Posted by:

                Bob,

                Serious kudos on landing a serious gig! No doubt you'll do a terrific job.

                Posted by:

                  Wow, Bob! What a gig! Seriously, congratulations. I'm sure it was a wonderful experience. I would definitely like to hear the finished product. I think the idea behind it is great for those who have never been able to actually read the Bible cover to cover and also a wonderful reinforcement and reaffirmation for those who have.

                  Melanie

                  Posted by:

                    If God exists, it's clear why he'd pick Bob to brand His Book.

                    We are so very proud of Bob's accomplishment and grateful for all he gives back to our community.

                    Nancy Wolfson

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                    • Nancy Wolfson
                    • December 13, 2007 4:47 PM

                      Hi,

                      I'm off topic concerning this post, but, as a photo amateur, I fell in love with the photograph that accompanies your post... I would like to print it and stick it on a wall at home, I was wondering if you could send me this photograph with higher size ?

                      I'm sorry to disturb this post comments, but I didn't figure where I could write directly to you, please feel free to erase this comment once read.

                      Gilles

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                      • Gilles
                      • March 12, 2008 6:22 AM

                        Hi Gilles,

                        Thank you for writing to me and I hope you are well. Your comment is perfectly welcome here on the blog as many people wonder where the images come from and this gives me a great opportunity to talk about it.

                        The image you liked on VOX Daily was purchased from iStockphoto.com and the artist is Christine Balderas.To buy a larger version of it, you'll need to signup at http://www.iStockphoto.com and purchase a credit package, then search for the artist and image by keywords.

                        I hope I have answered your question to your satisfaction. It is a beautiful picture, I agree.

                        Thank you!

                        Stephanie

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