One of the most controversial topics in the reading world is audiobooks. Very similar to the debate about ebooks, some people love them and some people hate them. And then some people are just indifferent about it.
For me, I used to think that audiobooks was a weird way to access a story. I thought they were great; a wonderful improvement in technology, but overall, just not for me. However, curiosity got the better of me, and I remember the checking out at the library my first audiobook. It was Ella Enchanted. Not only did I love the girl who read the book I also loved being told the story, instead of having to read it.
I don't remember the exact moment when I decided that audiobooks are one of my favorite ways to enjoy a story. Maybe it was when I listened to The Great Gatsby, read by Jake Gyllenhaal or when I signed up for my audible membership.
Now, many audiobooks later, I have found that there are some things that I absolutely love about audiobooks and things I downright hate. Here are a few I'll mention.
1. When the narrator has the worst voice for the character. This is especially important when the book is written in first person. I think Emma Galvin, who reads the Divergent books, is the best voice for Tris, the main character. She has that edge to her voice which is perfect. However on the opposite side, Kate Simses who reads the Shatter Me books, is horribly cast. She sounds five years younger than the character in the book is supposed to be. It just makes the experience uncomfortable.
2. When the narrator has a monotone voice. Really, this should be obvious. Though I don't understand why it's still happening! I came across the audiobook of Unwind and the narrator was just plain horrible in my opinion. Honestly I don't know how he passed the audition or whatever they do when finding a narrator.
3. When the narrator tries to make a high or low voice when reading a character of the opposite sex. This is something that is just plain annoying. Honestly, you don't need to make your voice high and squeaky to sound like a girl. And you also don't need to make your voice low to sound like a guy. Just change the tone, not the pitch. Honestly.
1. When the narrator takes their time reading. This might sound strange, because you would think that you would want to listen to the story asap. But really, I find myself enjoying audiobooks ten times more when it's read in a slow and rhythmic pace. Examples - The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Great Gatsby, and Stargirl.
2. When the narrator sounds like they are enjoying the story. I notice this now and then and it makes me so happy, when I know that I'm not the only person immersed in the story. I'm currently reading Persuasion and I can tell the narrator is enjoying herself while reading.
3. When actors or actresses read audiobooks. This just makes me happy. Whether it's a random actor or the actor from the movie adaptation of the book, I think it's great. Actors know how to act (duh) and will therefore bring a wonderful ambiance and boost to make the story come alive.
4. When the author reads the book. Does it need any explaining?
So that's it! Let me know how you feel about audiobooks and if you have any pet peeves towards them.
Miss Book Reader