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How 'Lost Voice Guy' recorded his audiobook

Penguin recall recording the audiobook for Lost Voice Guy aka Lee Ridley's, new book 'I'm Only In It for the Parking' - which was launched this week;

In a first for our Audio team, Penguin Random House worked with Lost Voice Guy to produce the audiobook, read through a communication machine. How did he find the process, and what were the challenges?

Author and reader Lee Ridley is also known as Lost Voice Guy. A stand-up comedian, writer and tech geek, Lee developed cerebral palsy as a baby and communicates using an iPad. In Lee's words: a bit like Stephen Hawking, but better looking. He is a BBC New Comedy Award winner, his Radio 4 sitcom 'Ability' has had two series and counting, and he is the winner of 2018’s ITV show 'Britain’s Got Talent'

Lee has appeared on Live at the Apollo and at the Royal Variety Performance, sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe and had his first sold out nationwide tour in the Spring of 2019. I’m Only In It for the Parking is his first book.

When it came to recording the audiobook, there was no question that Lee himself would do it.

Alice Twomey, his Editor in the Audio team said: "I’m Only In It For The Parking is a first for Penguin Random House Audio as Lee has narrated his audiobook using his communication machine. At Penguin Random House we’re always looking for new and innovative ways of telling stories and we decided with Lee that this would be the best way for his story to be told in audio. We’re so thrilled that Lee’s hilarious account of his not-so-ordinary life is going to be available in audio with Lee telling his own story. I’m Only In It For The Parking skews perceptions of disability, so it’s fantastic that Lee is performing the audio edition using his voice machine, rather than having an actor read out his words."

But what are the difficulties that come with a machine reading, rather than an actor? Lee gave us an insight into his recording process...

'You probably think that recording an audio book when you use an iPad to speak with is easy, right? Surely I can just copy and paste the text from the book into the speech app on my device and press play? To be honest, I’m a bit of a lazy bastard at the best of times, so I wish it were this simple. The reality is quite different, though. It isn’t just a case of speaking each of the 65,000 words on my iPad and hitting record on my computer. It’s much more complicated than that. This is for a number of reasons..."

Read the rest of Lee's interview, here

Lee's book is available for sale at all good books shops, and online retailers

Lee's book 'I'm Only In It for the Parking' is available as an Audiobook here

How 'Lost Voice Guy' recorded his audiobook