Improve Your Speaking Voice and Inflection by Reading Selections of Public-Domain Books and then Comparing Your Delivery with Professional Narrators

You can do this for free: Find free audiobooks from, which come from public-domain classics, and then find the print version at

Listen to the pro’s passage, record your own version of the same paragraph on your smartphone, and compare.  Do multiple versions until you’ve refined your delivery.  The goal is not to ape a particular narrator but to develop the ability to adapt your own performance to meet a particular standard.

Adapted from Frances Ponick, Communities Digital News. 

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Carl Hausman is Professor of Journalism at Rowan University, the author of several books about media, and a commentator about the role of media and ethics in civic life.

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