When I wrote this story (as with all of my stories) I visualized it in my head like I was watching a movie. I just wrote down what I saw and heard. I hear the distinctive voices of each one of the characters, how fast they talk, the tone of their voice, the pitch, all of it. It's so clear to me it is as if they were real people. Another reason listening to the recording was so surprising is I have never heard anyone read my story out loud. I had it in my head that everyone else hears them the same way I do.
Let me preface this next part by saying the gentleman who is narrating Charlie is a professional actor and music producer. So, he knows what he is doing. Even though we've only corresponded via emails, I trust his talent and appreciate his hard work.
When it comes to reading, we all draw from our own life experience when we visualize the story. Sometimes the author is detailed in describing the setting, the house, etc and we see it; but, at other times the author gives us less details and allows us to create the scenery. We then pull from our storehouse of memories to fill in the empty spots. This is something I didn't think of when I started this journey.
The narrator is from Texas, while I live in Oregon. He is also younger than I am by roughly twenty years. Even though he went to a parochial school as a boy, he has his own life experiences and point of reference. This comes through in his interpreting the voices of the characters. He understands their personalities and what is happening in the story and isn't changing anything. It's just the voice he gives them is different than the voice I heard. Mind you, this is not a bad thing. I do like what he is doing and am anxious to hear more.
My advice to authors starting this process is actually what my narrator, Jarrod, said to me: "Pretend that you have never heard the material before." It's hard but necessary because no one, not even the author, can create the exact voices they hear in their head.