I've been reading stories to my kids for, oh. at least ten years now. We started with Dr. Seuss, proceeded to Hardy Boys and Magic Treehouse, and very quickly graduated to young adult. We've read Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings series, back to back to back to back.
My kids like when I read to them. I try to spice things up, add some energy to it, apply voices--when I can get away with it, anyway. ("Daddy, why does Dumbledore sound SO much like Gandalf...?").
Sometimes I overdid it just a bit...like when the six year old ran and hid when the Balrog stepped out of the shadows...*sigh*
But, anyway, I've been told by more than one person (and by more than one person, I also mean more than one person not actually related to me or married to me) who seem to think I know how to read out loud and tell a decent story. I did high school drama; I worked as a radio DJ for a year or two. I understand how people don't want to listen to a steady dull boring monotone when someone is reading to them or telling a story.
The new job has a bit of a perk...there's a recording studio onsite. So, I asked if there was any chance I could, maybe, someday, come in on weekends, and read my own stories, so I could set them up as audio books some time...
...not only did they say yes, they asked if I would be willing to record some things for them, too. Officially, no less. "Voiceover work" has been added to my job duties; I get to hide in the recording studio once or twice a week and record essays written for the Mises Institute.
For all of the latest recordings, drop by the Recent Uploads section of the site. For some of my own most recent work, check out "Even the Feds Admit Minimum Wages Cause Unemployment" and "You Didn't Consent To Be The State's Victim."
Comments, critiques, analysis, suggestions, all welcome...and, of course, should you *need* someone to record your story...*wink*