“I was a London policeman for three years, straight out of school. I actually had 23 different occupations before acting,” says narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie. His deep, resonant voice sounds like it was made for the stage. “The acting idea wouldn’t go away, but I didn’t dare try it. I literally tried everything else under the sun. I was 31 when I finally quit the job I was doing and headed off to try and get my foot in the door, and then I got sidetracked with opera for quite a number of years.”
When you’re the oldest of eight children, you learn how to command--or as award-winning actress Kate Mulgrew puts it--“transmit emotion with a certain clarity.”
Whether he’s narrating a mystery, a memoir, or a children’s book, Australian actor David Tredinnick says what he loves most is finding the author’s voice. “When you come across an author who ‘writes out loud’--and not all authors do, they don’t write to be read out loud--but when you do find an author that has a particular rhythm, that’s really delightful.”
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