Episode 18 - Discussing Infinite Jest with Sean Pratt
In this episode we speak with audiobook narrator extraordinaire, Sean Pratt. Sean is the narrator of the 56-hour-long audiobook of Infinite Jest. He has also narrated over 800 other books. Believe it or not, Infinite Jest is not even the longest book Sean has narrated! We discuss the mechanics of recording, the different voices in the book, the endnotes issue, what it takes to become an audiobook narrator, and many other things
2:06 - Sean Pratt’s background & how he got the part
7:04 - So you want to be an audiobook narrator
10:01 - The economics of recording an audiobook
13:30 - A state of “flow”
16:24 - How many hours did this really take?
20:51 - When we first meet Ken Erdedy
24:30 - Acting vs. Reading: Tom Robbins
28:04 - A silk purse out of a sow’s ear
32:01 - Reading the paratext & The Four Voices of Nonfiction
35:10 - Just skip the endnotes: a debate
41:50 - No really, how to do the endnotes?
44:02 - Blood Sister: One Tough Nun & comedy
47:50 - Do you listen to yourself?
50:38 - Always Be Entertaining
52:52 - How to navigate all the voices
58:10 - Don’t do it like a puppet show
59:15 - Hal watching a video cartridge
1:01:15 - Some of Sean’s best audiobooks
1:06:25 - Speed vs. Tempo
1:12:20 - To honor the text
1:16:15 - Easter egg