By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 28, 2010
By starting your work with the end in sight, you are able to lead your listeners through the peaks and valleys of a well-woven tale and truly function as the omniscient narrator you are meant to be.
Although reading the book before recording is the most obvious way to gain pertinent information, how else can you acquire it if unable to dedicate sufficient time to read the book in full or conduct an in depth analysis?
Find out how you can do this when in a pinch via today's VOX Daily.
Call me old-fashioned but I prefer reading the Real McCoy as opposed to glossing over what some might call the "Coles Notes" version.
Until inspired to write this article, I had never been to sites that provided summaries of books with detailed character sketches, considering them to be sources of information that ought to be gleaned by actually reading a book.
Something changed though and now I see these kinds of sites and materials in a different, more pleasant light.
I'm sharing these tools to help you succeed in your quest to narrate to the best of your ability, enabling you to know more while saying less. Even if you have read the book, you might find these resources to be helpful when researching as they can provide additional context for your read and analysis to aid in developing character voices.
Many free online resources break down books in terms of plot, characters, and more. Among the following are even resources that go chapter by chapter if you can believe it!
When time is of the essence or you want to deepen your understanding of the book, its characters and your role as narrator, the following are great resources to discover and invest some of your time in:
Here are three sites that really struck a chord with me and I'd like to share more about them with you.
One of the reasons why I really like JiffyNotes is because of the chapter summaries they provide. This can come in handy if you want to get some context on a chapter by chapter basis. Other features of JiffyNotes include access to a book's Historical Context, Main Characters, be presented with Points to Ponder, a Did You Know section, and of course the Plot Summary. JiffyNotes focuses on literary analysis.
What appealed to me about SparkNotes was that you could learn so much for so little. Context, Summary, Characters and Summary and Analysis are available for free by navigating through the section devoted to each book. You can also purchase to download the SparkNote as a PDF or an eBook for under $5. This comes in handy when you're in a bind and need to take the material with you in places where you are not able to connect to the Internet. You could even print it off and read it on a plane or anywhere else.
Did you know that CliffsNotes offers free audio summaries of some of the books in podcast form? In addition, you can also download iPhone and iPod apps for certain books to take them with you on the go. When checking to see what the cost was, most were available for about $1. If you look hard enough, you may find that other resources such as CliffsNotes offer mobile apps for a variety of applications and eReaders such as the Kindle.
Do you already seek out guidance from sources such as those named above to help you in your research?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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