Rachel Edwards is a Professional Reader for Audible

Posted by Monica Hoel
At first, she thought it might be a scam; but it has turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

She laughs as she admits she found out about the opportunity while scrolling through TikTok. There was a man talking about reading; and with bachelor’s in English, a master’s in education, and years of experience as an English teacher the mention of reading was really all it took to get Rachel’s attention.

She recorded a sample of herself reading a poem and submitted it for consideration. In no time she had a contract for doing the work. “It was so simple I thought it had to be a scam.” It was only as she was reviewing the details that she realized she was getting an opportunity to narrate books for the popular site Audible – a company owned by Amazon that sells and produces a range of spoken audio content like podcasts, radio programs and, most notably, audio books. It’s what we used to call “books on tape” in the olden days.

While working on her teaching recertification, she read and heard a lot of scholarship about how we now know that many people learn better by hearing written material instead of reading it, but it didn’t occur to her what a growing field this is; more than ever, we need people who can be readers for all this new audio content being created.

As an English teacher, she has been reading to her students for years. And during the pandemic she got a lot of practice recording herself. So this new opportunity didn’t really feel like a reach.

Rachel is working on her fourth book for Audible, and is thrilled for a way to put her love of literature and language to use in a new and exciting way. “I’m still in my field, but this is catching up with the times.”

She keeps her eyes peeled for books she would really like to narrate, and hopes that maybe she can connect with other E&H authors in the future. “Audible is a great way to get your book noticed, and it would be exciting to team up with other alumni!”

If you use Audible, you can search for Rachel Edwards by name and even check out a “G-rated preview” of the romance novels she’s posted.

Enjoy a conversation with her on the Duck Pond Wall podcast, and find out the book that is on her “dream list” to read for Audible.

  • Rachel Edwards
    Emory & Henry Class of 1999

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1856-joel-vaughan-publishes-book-about-his-hometown-of"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg" alt=" Joel Vaughan Emory & Henry Class of 1983 " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1296,1547/9875_image.rev.1622644196.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1296" data-max-h="1547" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1856-joel-vaughan-publishes-book-about-his-hometown-of">Joel Vaughan Publishes Book About His Hometown of Fries, Virginia, on the Banks of the New River</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Joel Vaughan has just published a book about a little town in Virginia that is the source of one of Southwest Virginia’s most popular jokes. Fries, Virginia, is pronounced “freeze” – but the joke is, “It’s <em>freeze</em> in the winter and <em>fries</em> in the summer.” <a href="/live/news/1856-joel-vaughan-publishes-book-about-his-hometown-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2057-kirk-candler-got-canned-by-trapezium-and-hes-very"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2311,1536/10436_image.rev.1635421081.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2311,1536/10436_image.rev.1635421081.png 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2311,1536/10436_image.rev.1635421081.png" alt=" Kirk Candler E&H Class of 1991 His likeness was recently featured on a craft beer can ..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2311,1536/10436_image.rev.1635421081.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2311,1536/10436_image.rev.1635421081.png 3x" data-max-w="2311" data-max-h="1536" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2057-kirk-candler-got-canned-by-trapezium-and-hes-very">Kirk Candler Got “Canned” by Trapezium (And he’s very honored!)</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kirk Candler has the face that launched a thousand beers.</span> <a href="/live/news/2057-kirk-candler-got-canned-by-trapezium-and-hes-very" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,324,278/7177_arrington_2.rev.1574356083.jpg" alt="Mark Arrington, E&H Class of 2002." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="324" data-max-h="278" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching">Mark Arrington Honored for Innovative Teaching</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Mark was honored by VAHPERD as their 2019 Teacher of the Year. <a href="/live/news/1079-mark-arrington-honored-for-innovative-teaching" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>