Narration scripts examples

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.

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:

Entertainment

Style:

Narrator

Language:

English

Accent:

US (North American)

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:

Entertainment

Style:

Rugged, Sincere

Language:

English

Accent:

None (or any English 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:

Entertainment

Style:

Endearing, Nurturing

Language:

English

Accent:

Any English 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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