Actors bring books to life

The AP looks at acting, audiobook style. It’s a job full of contradictions. Actors must bring books to life, but cannot lean on thespian tricks so heavily that they distract from the author’s words. Narrators read for hours in isolation, but make surprisingly personal connections to the people who listen on car stereos and earbuds.

“It’s a phenomenon that people treat lightly, and it should not be treated lightly,” says George Guidall, who has read 850 books, from Kafka to Stephen King. “It’s something that’s essential to human beings: listening to stories.”

It’s also the backbone of an $800 million business.