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Narration Scripts Example: Fairy Tales

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Editor’s note: This is an update to a post originally published June 2018.

Try your hand at these 30 and 60-second audiobook voice over sample scripts, whether you need more voice over practice or want to create a fresh demo for your profile.

The scripts below are fairy tales meant to be narrated with a younger audience in mind.

Sample scripts in this page:

Client:

Audiobook Publisher – The Firelight Fairy Book

Voice Age:

Child, Young Adult, Middle Age, Senior (all ages)

Gender:

Male/Female

Job description:

This job is for an audiobook publisher – reading a classic fairy tale for children.

Art Direction:

These passages are from a fairytale titled “The Queen of Lanternland.” The audience is children, so keep this in mind when reading. You should take on the style of a narrator and read it in an enticing and entertaining way to captivate a young audience. Should be read in a whimsical way. In the 60 second script, you should differentiate the character’s voice from the narrator’s, using partially voiced style of narration.

Category:

Audiobooks

Industry:

Publishing

Style:

Narrator

Language:

English

Accent:

US General American (GenAm)

Word Count:

61 & 153 words

30 Second Narration Scripts Practice Read

Once upon a time, the King’s youngest son became filled with the desire to go abroad, and see the world. He got his father’s permission to leave on an adventure, kissed his parents goodbye, mounted his black horse, and galloped away down the high road. Soon the grey towers of the old castle, in which he had born, disappeared behind him.

60 Second Narration Scripts Practice Read

The Prince journeyed on, spending days traveling, and his nights in little wayside inns… ‘till one day, he found himself in the heart of the Adamant Mountains.

The great, red, granite crags of the surrounding peaks rose out of the gleaming snow like ugly fingers, and the slopes of giant glaciers sparkled in the sun like torrents of diamonds.

The Prince sat down by some stunted trees, whose tops had been broken off a long time ago by an avalanche, and began to eat the bit of bread and cheese that he had stored in his pocket. Meanwhile, his black horse ate the grass, which grew here and there along the mountain path. And, as the Prince sat there, in the bright sun and the silence of the mountains, he became aware of a low, continuous roaring.

“There must be a waterfall near-by,” said the Prince to himself. “I’ll go and see it.”

Client:

Audiobook Publisher – The Princess and The Goblin

Voice Age:

Middle Age

Gender:

Male

Job description:

This job is for an audiobook publisher – reading a classic fairy tale The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald.

Art Direction:

For this role, we’re looking for a voice actor who can narrate these passages, which are from a fairytale titled, “The Princess and the Goblin.” The audience is children, so keep this in mind when reading. You should take on the style of a narrator and read it in an enticing and entertaining way to captivate a young audience. Should be read in a whimsical way and also, you should differentiate a character’s voice from that of the narrator. The author of the book was Scottish, but we are open to hearing from any voice talent who speaks English, regardless of accent.

Category:

Audiobooks

Industry:

Publishing

Style:

Rugged, Sincere

Language:

English

Accent:

None (or any British accent)

Word Count:

181 words

60 Second Narration Scripts Practice Read

Perhaps my readers may be wondering what the goblins could be about, working all night long, seeing they never carried up the ore and sold it; but when I have informed them concerning what Curdie learned the very next night, they will be able to understand.

For Curdie had determined, if his father would permit him, to remain there alone this night—and that for two reasons: first, he wanted to get extra wages in order that he might buy a very warm red petticoat for his mother, who had begun to complain of the cold of the mountain air sooner than usual this autumn; and second, he had just a faint glimmering of hope of finding out what the goblins were about under his window the night before.

When he told his father, he made no objection, for he had great confidence in his boy’s courage and resources.

“I’m sorry I can’t stay with you,” said Peter; “but I want to go and pay the parson a visit this evening, and besides I’ve had a bit of a headache all day.”

Steven Varnum

These audition files were recorded by real Voices.com members, as part of Voices.com’s Mission Audition Podcast. In this podcast, the team at Voices.com exposes what exactly makes a good (and not so good) voice over audition. Listen in to this episode to hear how experts have critiqued each performance, and discover who ‘won the job.’

Client:

Audiobook Publisher – The Princess and The Goblin

Voice Age:

Middle Age

Gender:

Female

Job description:

This job is for an audiobook publisher – reading a classic fairy tale The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald.

Art Direction:

For this role, we’re looking for a voice actor who can narrate these passages, which are from a fairytale titled, “The Princess and the Goblin.” The audience is children, so keep this in mind when reading. You should take on the style of a narrator and read it in an enticing and entertaining way to captivate a young audience. Should be read in a whimsical way and also, you should differentiate a character’s voice from that of the narrator. The author of the book was Scottish, but we are open to hearing from any voice talent who speaks English, regardless of accent.

Category:

Audiobooks

Industry:

Publishing

Style:

Endearing, Nurturing

Language:

English

Accent:

Any British accent (or none as it might require)

Word Count:

180 words

60 Second Narration Scripts Practice Read

“I wonder, Lootie”—that was her pet-name for her nurse—”what pigeons’ eggs taste like?” she said, as she was eating her egg—not quite a common one, for they always picked out the pinky ones for her.

“We’ll get you a pigeon’s egg, and you shall judge for yourself,” said the nurse.

“Oh, no, no!” returned Irene, suddenly reflecting they might disturb the old lady in getting it, and that even if they did not, she would have one less in consequence.

“What a strange creature you are,” said the nurse—”first to want a thing and then to refuse it!”

But she did not say it crossly, and the princess never minded any remarks that were not unfriendly.

“Well, you see, Lootie, there are reasons,” she returned, and said no more, for she did not want to bring up the subject of their former strife, lest her nurse should offer to go before she had had her grandmother’s permission to bring her. Of course, she could refuse to take her, but then she would believe her less than ever.”

Eliza Chadwick
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  • Catrina Ann Williams
    June 7, 2019, 1:48 am

    I am just starting out and have no experience with voice acting nor do I have a current profession to speak of. Which role should I audition for the 1st time? I am having trouble deciding.

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    • Maribeth McGowan
      July 4, 2019, 4:15 pm

      Catrina, my son is also new to the field. Some things we have found helpful are 1) hire an online voice coach and meet once a week for $30 a meeting. I understand that may not be feasible yet, but I highly recommend you check it out, when you can, 2) take an acting class through your local theater or a community college, 3) volunteer with a theater group or consider joining one, 4) volunteer to do small gigs for people you may know or meet to add to your resume and to learn more. Best wishes to you! You got this!

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  • James Pelliccia
    June 17, 2019, 11:46 am

    Im confident I can do this .I put myself into the role of what Im doing and follow directions and detail

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  • hiba
    July 25, 2019, 6:11 pm

    I’ve just signed in and I would love to have your advice I file confidently in Arabic langue. thank you.

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    • Tanya
      August 13, 2019, 8:43 am

      Hi Hiba,
      That’s wonderful that you speak Arabic!
      Here is a link to our help section, which answers a lot of the most frequently asked questions that talent have when setting up an account: https://www.voices.com/help/talent
      If you run into difficulty and need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to support@voices.com.
      All the best,
      – Tanya

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  • Abegail Bernaldo
    August 1, 2019, 9:57 am

    I am starting to practice my voice because, I don’t had any experience of voice acting. But, i can try by best what is the best role for me, for the first timer.

    Reply
    • Tanya
      August 13, 2019, 9:50 am

      Hi Abegail,
      Welcome to the wonderful world of voice acting!
      That’s a great question – in general, the best role for you will depend on the unique qualities of your voice (e.g. do you love to create character voices? Or would you prefer to be the voice of a commercial for a luxury product?) The world is your oyster. One thing that you’re doing, which will be very helpful, is trying different scripts and practising. That’s one of the best ways to learn what kind of work you are drawn to and where your voice may shine. As you’re reading through practice scripts, feel free to record yourself (e.g. even on your phone will do!). That way, you’ll get to hear your performance and start to understand where your unique voice comes alive.
      I hope that helps!
      If you’re looking for professional advice and guidance, you can also try hiring a voice over coach. We have a number who provide remote coaching, and/or coaching in various regions around the world.
      Our directory of coaches is here: https://www.voices.com/coaches
      All the best & hope that helps,
      – Tanya

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  • Hayli Hill
    August 5, 2019, 3:12 am

    I have done acting in elementary school and high school. But never voice acting. I will pick the female voice of course. I can do both adult voices and teen voices.

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  • Hayli Hill
    August 5, 2019, 3:15 am

    Also I would like to do the Firelight Fairy book. I don’t have a profession in acting yet but really want this acting job and, for now, work from home.

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    • Tanya
      August 13, 2019, 8:08 am

      Hi Hayli,
      That’s great! Please feel free to use these scripts to help you practice or to create your demo. These scripts are not for jobs that are in hiring, but you’re welcome to create an account (for free) to get started today at voices.com.
      All the best,
      Tanya

      Reply
  • Rishi Arora
    August 5, 2019, 9:17 am

    Hello i know i cn give voice as i am an actor myself so am well versed with the variations to be used but just guide me how to start i mean what shoud i record for the demo

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  • Mahnoor Khan
    September 22, 2019, 2:57 am

    Hey! I just love the concept of your website. As i am new here, just sign up and having a very little experience in podcasting. So i need your suggestion that for a demo which kind of content should i select as i have no idea that as a podcaster which kind of content should i prefer? Can you guide me regarding this?
    Thank you !

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    • Lubna
      September 23, 2019, 8:56 am

      Hi Mahnoor,

      Thank you for reading our blog. Here is a blog post which contains sample scripts for podcasts https://www.voices.com/blog/planning-your-podcast/

      Please feel free to use this one (or any other posted on the blog) for practice and/or for creating your demo. Happy Auditioning!

      – Lubna

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  • Nicole Yancey
    November 5, 2019, 1:55 am

    Im still deciding on what job I should get and i’m interested in voice acting, any tips that I can do while still in high school?

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    • Tanya
      November 19, 2019, 10:18 am

      Hi Nicole,
      Good for you for exploring your options and interests! Our blog is full of articles (including many tips) on how to get started in voice acting – including considerations to keep in mind for the gear and training that you’d need to acquire to be successful. This is one article that helps to cover off a lot of the basics: https://www.voices.com/blog/starting-voice-acting-career/
      However, perhaps one of the best things that you could do is to learn about your own vocal abilities, and get some practice. I see that you’re already reading the sample (practice) scripts (great start!), but you may also want to consider doing a bit of voice over training as well. It’s always helpful to get an expert’s insights on where your voice would shine, and get a handle on the work required to become successful as well. Here is another post on selecting a coach: https://www.voices.com/blog/voice-over-coaching-basics-selecting-coach/
      Best of luck!
      – Tanya

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