I am new to storytelling but not to talking to groups of people. If I am giving a presentation to a group of sales people, I talk , project and present one way. If I were to make a cd or mp3 for some one to download, I would use a different method.
I would have to think outside the box. Who in the voice acting world can do what I want? Simple. A voice over artist that does audio books!
I would think that if this is going to be a recorded format that one or maybe two people will listen to it at one time, maybe my approach should be different.
So to change this for a story I would think the person is sitting next to me on the couch. My arm is around them and that they are my favorite nephew or niece. I would not project or talk loud. I would make it special. Just for them!
As for equipment? Allot of recording artist are recording from home now with out allot of capital invested.