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BLOG POST: AUDIOBOOKS, YAY OR NAY? + AB Recs!

Audiobooks

Those who know me well know that I’m a huge fan of Audiobooks. As of late, I’ve been talking wtih some of my friends who also like listening to books. There’s something calming about Audiobooks (for me, at least), and the way they suck you into the story is a completely different experience from the one you get by reading the book.

I know that Audiobooks are a difficult thing. As Katie (a fellow reader) said the other day, in some way, listening to books is kind of an acquired taste. You learn to listen to them.  Or like Charity (another fellow reader, and good friend of mine) said, you go for them out of some sort of need. It fits your schedule, and it allows you to do something else while you listen.. so feck it! You give it a try.

There are those who, like Katie, Charity and I, enjoy audiobooks and look for them. In my case, because of my job, sometimes it’s easier to move from one place to another with an audiobook playing than reading my kindle. It also allows me to go to bed and stick an earphone to my ear and listen as I drift off into sleep. There are others like Charity, that go for audiobooks because they allow them to focus on something when they are going for a run, or a long drive.

But, of course, there are people who just can’t deal with them, and that’s okay. I can see why Audiobooks are not for everyone. They do take longer than your normal e-/book, obviously – especially if the narrator reads at a snail’s slow pace. And if you are like my friend Susan, who gets easily distracted, then you’ll see why Audiobooks are not always your best choice. If, like me, English is not your first language, there’s the issue of the darn accent… Which you’d think should not be a problem, but I’ve got news for you… Sometimes, it is.

While I think that some people genuinely dislike – like, really, truly, dislike- Audiobooks, I also think that in many cases, this aversion comes from a very, very, bad first experience. A scary, almost cringe-worthy, experience. The difficult thing here is that, like with normal books, not all of us live Audiobooks the same way. So, what I like, you may hate – and vise-versa.

Enter your Audiobook taste.

Followed by… The narrator.

If we are honest, the Narrator can make it or break it. I’ve had the chance to listen to some incredible Audiobooks and fall madly in love with the story, but then I’ve also listened to some other that… God. No.

I’ve been through that of listening to the audio version of books I loved when I read them… But then, when the narrator started speaking, the charm… disappeared. I think I almost cried when I listened to the very first book I got on Audible. My heart broke. Multiple times. Like, how can you unlisten?

Bad narrator. That was it. The Narrator wasn’t my type.

Anyway, after my first Audiobook experience, it took me months to pick up another one… But then The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye came along and made me go all swoony with how lovely the narration was.

There are, of course, different types of narrators. You have the serious ones, with that calm, and dreamy voice that is always rather modulated. Then you have the very vivid ones, those narrators that as you listen to them you can literally see them waving their hands around and making faces as they read. There is the as-a-matter-of-fact narrator – this is the one you listen to and feel… lectured. There’s that other one that reads as if he/she was reading the phone book… *shudders*

And then there are all kinds of listeners. And each one of us has a particular taste. Some, like me, like very vivid narrations. With ups and downs in tone, and humor inflections. Narrators that make you feel like they are sitting in front of you telling you the story. Narrators that make you feel like you are part of the story, whether the story is being told in first person or third. Narrators that have that amazing talent of making like 20 different voices. Narrators that know the characters they are interpreting so well, that the love and understanding they feel for them comes across the audio. That’s my type of narrator – The one that has a certain knowledge of Dramatic Arts and just LIVES what he’s reading. I look for this because I like to LIVE what I read so, I sure want someone who matches my passion as they tell me the story. In my head, the characters I’m reading yell, and sigh, and start speaking super fast before slowing down. They move their hands in every single direction and groan when something they hate happens. I want those things captured in the story I’m listening to. I want narrators who make it fun for me to listen to.

Actually, what inspired this post in the first place, was one of those narrators. His name is Chris Patton, and he’s the one that gives voice to the Adrien English Mysteries Series by Josh Lanyon – Special thanks to Katie and Lenore for recommending-The narrator makes a brilliant job capturing not only both MC’s, but also each and every single one of the Secondary Characters through the entire series!. I kid you not. The guy narrated 5 books and he had a voice for everyone! By listening to him, you can tell that he knows his characters so well that he feels for them. I swear it comes across in his voice. I fell in love with those books, and I wonder if I’d have fallen so hard for them if I had read them instead of listened to them. The fact that the narrator was so much into Adrien’s role, made me feel extremely close to the character. I loved how Chris picked up every little thing about Adrien. It was just a joy to listen to. He also has a rather sexy voice, so there’s that. Ha!

So, do I think you should give an Audiobook a try? Yes, I do, but of course, that’s entirely up to you.

I put together a small list of some of the Audiobooks I’ve enjoyed the most! Most of them are of the very enthusiastic, dramatic type of narration, but there are a couple of exceptions that even though the narrators were quieter, and more… Err.. Sober, still worked for me. There are also a couple of recs by some friends!

Check them up, and decide whether or not any of these catch your attention enough to take a risk for them. Hopefully one of them will! Hahahaha!

Also: If you have any Audiobook Recs, we invite you to leave them in the comments section! You truly have no idea how many people actually want to get on a good audiobook and just can’t find the right one for them. One of your recs might hit jackpot!

Thanks for reading! :)


 

AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Adrien E.

ADRIEN ENGLISH MYSTERIES (SERIES)

BY JOSH LANYON

You can find the link to all five audios to the series HERE

Amazing character representation. The narrator is brilliant picking up moods and shades. He’s also incredible with voices. I was IMPRESSED. Adrien & Jake’s story is one of their kind. Jake is completely different from most MCs in the M/M World. A beautiful bastard, as I like to call him.

 

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THE BLINDING LIGHT 

BY RENAE KAYE

You can find the link to this Audiobook HERE

I enjoyed the narrator a lot. He was just so… natural. The story is awesome, and if you’ve ever read Renae Kaye you know that no matter what happens no great angst will hit the fan

 

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CHANNELING MORPHEUS 

BY JORDAN CASTILLO PRICE

You can find the link to this Audiobook HERE

I’m a huge fan of this series, so when I decided to give this one a listen I wasn’t sure what to expect. Normally, listenings of books I’ve read don’t work for me. This was one of the very few exceptions. Also, I think this is one of the best narrations of Gomez.

 

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BEAR, OTTER, & THE KID

BY T.J KLUNE

You can find the link to this book HERE

This narrator is VERY, VERY enthusiastic. And very much into the book. If you’ve read BOATK you know that this book is told from Bear’s POV. If you haven’t, get prepared to know a very particular character. And an incredible ecoterrorist vegetarian kid.

 

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SINNER’S GIN

BY RHYS FORD

You can find the link to all the Audiobooks in the series HERE

This is a recommendation by my friend, Charity… Aaaaand I haven’t listened to it. I know, though, that Charity is very much into the same type of narration that I am. She said, and I quote “I like them to somewhat get into the story, not just a monotone reader with no personality.” Then she said that the Irish accent in this one was on point. So, of course I went and got it. Ha!

 

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BENEATH THE STAIN

BY AMY LANE

You can find the link to this Audiobook HERE

 

This is another rec by Charity. If anything I know that this book broke my heart when I read it. I can’t even imagine what would happen to it if I listened to it. Mackeeeeyyy!!! *sobs*

 

shattered

SHATTERED GLASS

BY DANI ALEXANDER

You can find the link to this one right HERE

Bunny Slippers!! This was a nice audiobook. The narrator nailed it, and I remember thinking it was very calming, in a way. It’s a bit less enthusiastic than the ones I normally listen to, but I remember feeling captivated by the impersonations of some of the characters in the book. Austin, one of the MC’s is not always a very likable character, but he is one of the best story tellers I’ve read in quite some time.

 

 

widdershins

WHYBORNE AND GRIFFIN SERIES 

BY JORDAN L. HAWK

You can find the link to all the books in the series HERE

Admittedly, I’ve only listened to the first book of this series. This Narrator wouldn’t normally be my type, but in some way he worked for me – he’s too quiet, too sober, too calm. And yet, it worked, I think it was partly partly because, in my opinion, he captures Whyborne quite well. This Audiobook was recommended to me by Susan a couple of months ago.

 

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HOT HEAD 

BY DAMON SUEDE

Link to Audible HERE

This is da last minute addition. This rec just came to me via Nik, who got it via Lisa. Turns out that what little I’ve heard of this one is pretty damn good. The narrator is really great.


 

 

Note: If you are on Audible you know the deal. For those who are not – You can buy a montly membership on audible. The cheapest one is 14 dollars, or so. Each month that Audible takes the payment for the membership a credit will appear on your account. You can get one book with one credit. The membership also gives you the possibility to get the Audiobooks for a bit lower of a price than the non-membership users.

If you become like me (A person with a severe audiobook problem) know that there are other membership deals that you can check up. I’m considering of changing mine because the other day I went and bought three more credits… I really have no shame. Or control. I need someone to take my credit card away. 

 

 

 

About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

9 comments on “BLOG POST: AUDIOBOOKS, YAY OR NAY? + AB Recs!

  1. I’m a huge audiobook listener. I listen to mostly paranormal and a lot of that with some humor.
    Some of my favorite audio series.
    White Trash Zombie by Darynda Jones narrated by Allison MacLemore
    Any of the series by Molly Harper narrated by Amanda Ronconi
    Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane narrated by Bahni Turpin
    Pride series by Shelly Laurenston narrated by Charlotte Kane/Johanna Parker
    Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs narrated by Holter Graham
    Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs narrated by Lorelei King
    Sin Brother series by Rebecca Zannetti narrated by Karen White
    Elemental Assassins by Jennifer Estep narrated by Lauren Fortgang
    Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones narrated by Lorelei King
    The Hollows by Kim Harrison narrated by Marguerite Gavin
    Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning narrated by Phil Gigante
    Anything by Ilona Andrews narrated by Renee Raudman
    Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole narrated by Robert Petkoff
    Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost narrated by Tavia Gilbert

    This is my short list. LOL

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    • Sheri
      September 1, 2015

      Great list! I have ‘read’ almost all of them…maybe I should try listening to a few too!

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      • Gaby
        September 1, 2015

        Woo hoo! I have to say that I normally like better audiobooks that I haven’t read, with very few exceptions like BOATK or Channeling Morpheus, for example.

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    • Gaby
      September 1, 2015

      Omg your list is awesome!! Thank you so much for the recs!! XD

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  2. Becky Black
    September 1, 2015

    I love audiobooks. I mostly used to get ones of books I already knew, but recenly have gone audio first/only with some books and like them too. I find that if they are for a book I have already read, they bring out things I maybe never noticed when reading. I’m a fan of the Adrien English books too, and I find Adrien’s humour comes through more in the audio than when I was reading them.

    I love a nice long audiobook that I can be listening too for a couple of weeks. :D I recently finished an audiobook of Dune, which was great. And I have Stephen King’s The Stand, with is 48 hours long. You certainly get your money’s worth with an audiobook. Speaking or which, I recently signed up to get the email about the Daily Deal from Audible and that’s made my audiobook library grow fast and made me try some things I’d probably never have read otherwise.

    Narrator is key as you say, and narrators who are also actors can be best of all. I have some great ones with actor narrators, even big name actors, like Jake Gyllenhaal narrating The Great Gatsby, Derek Jacobi narrating all the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Michael C Hall narrating Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other considerations come into play too. I have Pratchett audiobooks by two different narrators – Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs. Both are good, but I have a soft spot for Briggs, because he’s got the same kind of voice as the late Sir Terry had, so it feels almost like the author narrating himself.

    Recs – I agree with lots of yours. Let me add:
    Michael Nava’s Henry Rios series, read by Gregory St John
    Josh Lanyon’s Holmes and Moriarity series read by Kevin R Free

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    • Gaby
      September 1, 2015

      I’m picking The Great Gatsby as we speak! Thank you for all the recs!! I’m most definitely adding lots of them to my TBL :)

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  3. atideswell
    September 1, 2015

    I too love audio books and totally agree that the choice of narrator is crucial and should be approached with caution. For instance I love the Cut & Run Series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban, but it wasn’t until the third book and the narrator changed to Sean Crisden that the voices matched characters in my head, which meant I could then relax into the story and enjoy the writing. Similarity I love A Matter of Time on audio by Mary Calmes, brilliantly narrated by Paul Morey. But then suddenly in a sequel, the narrator changed and ruined that book completely! Rhys Ford has chosen her narrator’s very well and both her Sinners Gin and Cole McGinnis series are excellent, Josh Lanyon chooses of well and Charlie Cochet”s thirds series is very good too.

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    • Gaby
      September 1, 2015

      I must say that I could never warm up to the narrator of C&R, so I kind of gave up. You’d recommend to check up the latest books in the series then?

      And, thank you so much for your recs! :)

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  4. Jodi
    September 2, 2015

    I’m a huge audio book fan – I spend tons of time commuting and they save my sanity – but totally agree it can change whether you still connect with a book – either way, sometimes it saves a story I thought I didn’t like, or take one I really liked and change my mind about it. Good suggestions above – I agree about C&R, check out later books, they get better. I personally love Greg Tremblay doing Rhys Ford – I’ve actually bought other audio books just to keep hearing his voice! Give Avril Ashton’s Sinner’s Series a try – they are pretty great too.

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