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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! :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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*
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.
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.
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.