BEHIND THE SCENESAoife McMahon on the art of the audiobook.

BEHIND THE SCENESAoife McMahon on the art of the audiobook.

  • Words Kabelo Sandile Motsoeneng
  • Photograph Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir

Aoife McMahon believes that artists deserve fair compensation for their labor. McMahon has performed across all mediums—on screen, radio and stage—and, having recorded over 200, has probably narrated your favorite audiobook too. For McMahon and numerous artists, each audiobook performance is a “vocal marathon” in which “you feel like you’re in a one-woman play with 40 different characters.” 

Speaking on the phone from London, where she owns a recording studio that helps independent artists control the distribution of their work, McMahon describes her rigorous approach to narration and the changes she’d like to see in the industry. 

KABELO SANDILE MOTSOENENG: Can you tell me about your journey to acting and audiobook performance? 

AOIFE MCMAHON: I became an actress thr...

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