I have never been a big fan of audiobooks and have not particularly liked audiobooks that much. That changed this month thanks to an audiobook.
I think my first audiobook was Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline and narrated by Wil Wheaton. Listening to that book was an amazing experience and mostly because of Wil Wheaton’s great narration, I ended up really enjoying the book. I even mentioned that I gave one extra star to the book mostly because I listened to it on an audiobook. This was back in 2011. After that, I never felt the need to try audiobooks.
Last year I decided that I wanted to use the commute time to listen to some audiobooks. I downloaded Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman after I got to know that he himself had narrated the audiobook and that it was quite popular. The starting was great and I was enjoying it. But after some 25% or so of the book and then once the story switched to the other London, I didn’t enjoy it much. The story became even more weird and people were worshipping rats and what not! I then stopped listening to the audiobook since I got bored. I am still not sure if it was because the story was boring or if it was the narration.
I, then, decided to try audiobook for Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which again got boring after a point. Then, I tried We always lived in a castle thinking it might be creepy and wouldn’t get boring. But again I got bored after I reached a point. That was when I decided to give up on this format altogether. After DNFing 3 audiobooks successively, I had a feeling it was the format which made me dislike these books. After all, all these books are popular and loads of people love them. So maybe I wasn’t meant for audiobooks?!
This year, I was thinking about my audiobook journey and remembered Wil Wheaton! He was my first audiobook narrator and I had loved a book narrated by him. So I decided to try a book narrated by him and I picked Redshirts by John Scalzi since it was already on my TBR. And guess what?! I loved it! It is now one of my favorite books of all time. So it was the narrator after all! Wil Wheaton narrates in a humorous fashion by changing voices and it never ever gets boring. And the book was equally good. It is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Redshirts reminded me of Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy a lot. If you like Star Trek, you should definitely read this book. I am now going to try more books by Scalzi. I laughed out loud multiple times which rarely happens. This book put me in such a good mood that I did not want it to end. There are plenty of funny conversations in this book and I think audio format works perfectly for this book.
I am now currently listening to two more audiobooks – The storm front by Jim Butcher which is okay. I am not enjoying it that much and sometimes even felt bored. The second book that I am listening to is His Majesty’s dragon by Naomi Novik which I am actually enjoying a lot so far.
So if you are new to audiobooks and don’t know where to start, start with Wil Wheaton’s books. Any book that he has narrated is bound to be good mainly because he is an awesome narrator.
Any other narrators you folks like? Please do recommend some to me.
I use text-to-speech so all books contain the same robotic narration. I still enjoy listening to them bcos that’s the only way I can read books nowadays! I have bought a few audiobooks from Audible (mostly non-fiction) and thought they were great. Should try the narrator you suggest someday, when I get the mood to read fiction 🙂
Audible is where I listen to most of my audiobooks. It has the ability to increase and decrease the speed of narration which I find is really helpful. Which non-fiction ones did you listen to? Give me some audiobook recommendations.
You have to have a good narrator for that format definitely! I can do it but only if I’ve read the book already oddly enough. Itbis something I’d love to try myself, narrating books that is. I love reading and often read aloud if the words really get to me. I edit by reading aloud, too. It makes it easier to pick up issues.
Yeah narrator matters a lot I guess. Narrating books will be fun I guess. I used to read aloud books always when I was younger. Now I read aloud to my son and it is an interesting exercise as I get to add my own ideas along with what is written in the book.
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This is going to sound so narcissistic *looks at name* but I actually love the sound of my own voice lol. I used to hate it, but I’ve honed it? I don’t know how to say it, but I can modify it so I really like the way it sounds on a recording. I also don’t hate the sound of my “normal” speaking voice anymore either. One of my goals this year is to get a few videos up of me reading, and I also have plans to do an audio recording of one of my fanfictions. I also want to have recordings of my posts. I love when bloggers do that. It makes it easier to “read” them at work.
I never liked audiobooks. To me, if I want to read, I want to hold the book in my hand. If I like some previous pages, I want to go back instantly and read them again. However, since you are recommending it, I will give it a try.
Some funny books sound funnier when narrated. This is what I realized after listened to Redshirts. You should definitely give this format a try someday.
I’ve never given try to Audiobooks. But whenever I try an Audiobook I’ll be sure to pick one by Wil Wheaton.
I hope you will like this format. 🙂
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