*watches and wonders if I can write a blogpost around this tag* https://t.co/2QuMsfhmoB
— Andrew Hall (@PewterWolf) April 15, 2017
So, I spotted the above tweet by Andrew yesterday, and after watching Mikeyla’s video, was tempted to write a post myself, especially as I’ve been listening to a decent number of audiobooks recently.
I really enjoyed looking back through my recent listens to answer the questions and sharing some of my favourite audiobook recommendations with you, definitely a pleasant way to spend my Easter Sunday afternoon!
Name a book that was better on audio?
Hmm… Hard one to decide one on. I’ve never listened to an audiobook, then read a physical copy, only the other way around, and listened to a book that I’ve already read. I think that I will always prefer the physical copy if I’ve read it first.
Name a book that was worse on audio than in print (and you switched).
Not really ever switched that I can remember. I have switched audio versions though. I started listening to the abridged version of The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which was narrated by Dan Stevens. I really disliked Steven’s narrative style and could tell I was missing much of the story.
So I switched to the unabridged version, narrated by Daniel Philpott, which was so much better.
Top female narrator and top male narrator.
Interesting question. Depends much on the book I think. A couple of individual books have some of my favourite narrations, both Zoe’s Tale narrated by Tavia Gilbert, and Am I Normal Yet narrated by Charlie Sanderson are amazing productions.
But, I feel I should really pick someone I’ve listened to at least s couple of times to get a proper feel for their work. My favourite male narrator is easy. Neil Gaiman, who narrates his own books, and I could listen to him read me any story, at any time.
My favourite female narrator is probably Suzie Dougherty, who narrated most of the Tomorrow, When the War Began and Ellie Chronicles books by John Marsden. Loved her work and she was Ellie Linton for me.
What’s the longest book you’ve ever listened to?
The one I’m listening to at the moment actually. Which is The Lies of Locke Lamora at 22hrs and 3mins. This is a book that has been on my TBR pile in one form or another for over 8 years, and I downloaded the audiobook about a year ago. Started it a week or so back, and have been questioning why I have left it so long, it is a brilliant story and Scott Lynch is doing an amazing job with the narration. (Although, I’ve just got to a particular part (if you’ve read it I’m sure you can guess) that makes me want to have a word or two with Mr Lynch!
The longest book I’ve finished is Widdershins by Charles de Lint narrated by Kate Reading and clocks in at 20hrs and 25mins.
Ignoring novellas, my shortest listen is Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens and Narrated by Gemma Chan. 5hrs and 48mins of wonderful middle-grade mystery.
How do you listen to your audiobooks – iPod, MP3 player or phone? What kind of earbuds do you like?
I listen to audiobooks, almost exclusively on my phone, and when I’m not playing it though the speaker when I’m doing some cooking etc, I use the Bluetooth earphones above or some with an ear hook. The standard iPhone (or similar styles) just don’t stay in my ears, and wearing the in-ear style, makes me feel odd, for want of a better word.
Should authors narrate their own books?
Depends on the author of course. If you are Neil Gaiman, of course, you should! I can’t think of any authors I’ve listened to that probably shouldn’t. But, being able to write, doesn’t automatically mean you can read out loud…
Is there an audiobook you wish could be redone? By what narrator?
My god yes. The last two books of The Ellie Chronicles are a right dog’s dinner of a production. I hate, hate, hate, Mikaela Martin interpretation of the characters.
Did I mention I hate them?
Best audiobook you’ve listened to, or your favourite?
Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne narrated by Charlie Sanderson. I absolutely loved it. Shout-outs of course, to both Stephen Fry’s and Jim Dale’s versions of the Harry Potter series. (Why yes, I have listened to all seven books by both!)
I was also really impressed by Simon Vance’s narration of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey.
What’s the most recent book you listened to?
The most recent audiobook I’ve finished is Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer and narrated by Luke Daniels.
BONUS: What’s a book currently not on audio that you wish was?
I enjoyed the audiobook of Am I Normal Yet, so much, that I would really love to hear the rest of the Spinster Club series on audiobook
I’m not going to tag anybody in particular to do this, but I would love to see any posts you write.
Please do let me know what your favourite audiobook recommendations are though, I have an audible credit to spend!