Caroline Lee: Audiobook Narrator
Caroline Lee: Audiobook Narrator
Caroline is based in Melbourne, Australia, and has worked professionally as a theatre, television, film and voice actress for over thirty years. She has worked with many companies around Australia including the Malthouse, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Back to Back Theatre, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Chamber Made Opera, MKA, Finucane and Smith, HeLD Productions, Hildegard, Playbox and La Mama. She is a proud ensemble member of the Red Stitch Actors Theatre.
Most recently she has appeared in Suddenly Last Summer, by Tennessee Williams, at Red Stitch Actors Theatre; toured Victoria and New South Wales with Jurassica, written by Dan Giovannoni; played Lola Montez in The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez, with Finucane and Smith, which also toured Victoria and New South Wales; performed the lead role of Robyn in Colder, by Luchlan Philpot at Red Stitch Actors Theatre; performed in Conviction, written by Zoey Moonbeam Dawson and directed by Declan Greene; toured regional Victoria with Waking Up Dead and toured China with Finucane and Smith in The Flood. She has also performed in Bell Shakespeare’s production of Phèdre; The Trouble with Harry, The Carnival of Mysteries, and The Minotaur Trilogy for the Melbourne International Arts Festival; Waking Up Dead, directed by Susie Dee and written by Trudy Hellier at fortyfivedownstairs; and played the role of Sylvia Plath in Barry Dickins’ A Kind of Fabulous Hatred.
How did you prepare to narrate Nine Perfect Strangers?
To prepare for Nine Perfect Strangers, as with any talking book, I read the book and take thorough notes about the characters including accents or vocal characteristics. I looked up any words I was not sure how to pronounce. I find place names and names of people can be tricky, so sometimes I ring a tourist office in the region to find out how a place name is correctly pronounced, and for people, sometimes I need to contact the author or a library. For Nine Perfect Strangers I checked with Liane Moriarty about the pronunciation of Masha (Marsha or Masha like cat) Frances, and Tranquillum. I recorded a Russian actor friend saying the Russian words in the text, and used her accent as the basis of Masha’s accent. I used IDEA (accent archive) to research Yao’s mother’s accent, and practiced the accents before recording began. Occasionally, if the accent is extensively used throughout the text, I will get some coaching, for example, the Cornish accent in Kate Morton’s book The Forgotten Garden.
Other books narrated by Caroline Pruli:
I narrate many talking books, so it’s quite hard to choose…the standouts in the last six months have been:
Nine Perfect Strangers: I have narrated all of Liane Moriarty’s books and have really loved working on them because of her interest in and insight into the psychology of her characters, and her capacity to blend humorous and tragic aspects of society.
Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham: This book (like Rosalie Ham’s other books) paints a fabulous picture of small-town Australian country life, and this one deals with the very relevant problem of water: how much there is and who controls the supply.
The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland. This is a very funny, tight, contemporary take on contemporary Australia. A joy to read.
The Fragments by Toni Jordan. Toni is another fabulous Australian author and I particularly loved the way this book carefully evokes the way in which literature captures our imaginations, our inner lives, and can inspire and empower us for many years after.
More places to find Caroline Pruli:
Solo Performance: last year I had the privilege of performing the role of Lola Montez in a work which toured extensively, The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez. Lola lived in the mid-nineteenth century and is wonderful, gutsy, exciting, seductive, enchanting woman. She danced, hustled, advocated for the poor, broke many hearts, swindled many, and lived an extraordinary life. The show was extremely well received and will have another season and tour at the end of 2020.
Television: I recently played the wonderful part of Rosemarie Kowalski (a Hungarian émigré, in Miss Fisher’s Modern Mysteries.
Theatre: I performed in my first full Tennessee Williams’ play, a wonderful production of Suddenly Last Summer. It’s reignited my passion for Tennessee Williams…can’t wait until I get another chance to speak his incredible poetry.
Film: I had a very small role in the film The Dressmaker, based on the book by Rosalie Ham, which starred Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. I got to wear a very beautiful dress!
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