I’m always hunting for new audiobooks. I will try just about any audiobook if it has a high probability of containing rockin’ narration. I will browse Audible day after day and look at the same books over and over again until my heart’s content. With this new found love, I wanted to take a moment to talk about these lovely contraptions.
By no means am I a fan of the Alien movie or book. This is basically my first real encounter with it. What I have here is an original drama produced by Audible Studios. The cover caught my eye some time ago but I didn’t listen to the sample until this past Wednesday. I bought it immediately after the sample finished. I listened to this drama almost nonstop from the moment I started it and only paused it when I had to.
When someone asks me for a recommendation, this will be one of the first on my list simply because of the top performance. I am a huge fan of audiobooks with multiple narrators (although Alien here is not an audiobook). It makes a story more real and involved. This is one of the reasons why I loved Illuminae so much. (It’s also why I’m not going to jump on the Gemina boat until it’s available on Audible. I refuse to consume that story in any other manner unless forced.)
Some stories are best consumed as audiobooks. Although I haven’t read Illuminae myself, I firmly believe it falls into this category right alongside Alien. In fact, these two productions are prime examples of how an author’s work can be made all the more extraordinary with an exemplary performance.
Narrators have the power to bring life to a story that can otherwise be dull and boring. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to select multiple narrators for one project.
P.S. I imagine listening to Illuminae is like what a movie adaptation for it would be like. It was amazing.
What about audiobooks with just one narrator? They’re certainly more common. In my experience, these are a bit more tricky to get right. You have one person portraying every character in an 10 hour novel (sometimes shorter or longer), and that can’t be easy. However, I’ve been lucky enough to find some incredible narration (once again) on Audible.
SIDE NOTE: I will recommend a membership with Audible all day long. It’s one of the best decisions I made when it came to how I chose to start consuming books last year.
I’ve tried to read Frankentstein by Mary Shelly before and I got about 50 pages in. I was bored. I felt like the author was missing opportunities to make the story more interesting, so I stopped reading it. It’s still on my TBR list though simply because: it’s a classic and I want to mark it off on the list.
This may sound wrong or cheesy or *insert adjective here*, but I don’t feel like I can really call myself a sci-ci/fantasy blogger, without having read Frankenstein in some way shape or form. Plus, I want to know and understand the appeal behind the novel.
I’ve told myself I was going to finally read it more than once but couldn’t get myself to pick it up. So, as often happens with Audible, I decided to try the audiobook. I could listen to it while I was at work and eventually mark it off my list. Even if I hated it, I’d get it done. What I didn’t expect though was for the narration to change everything.
I purchased an edition performed by Dan Stevens after listening to the sample. For the first time, I was excited to “read” Frankenstein. Stevens can channel self-hatred and remorse like no other. His narration has given meaning to passages I thought served no purpose. I was so bored reading the novel myself, that I couldn’t see beyond that boredom. Stevens is the perfect narrator for this story.
This all just brings me to my point: a narrator can make or break an audiobook. The stakes are even higher when you have just one narrator, which means that publishers have an extraordinary responsibility to make sure the perfect person is chosen. I can think a story is only so-so but because I liked an audiobook, I am more willing to try an author’s other novels. Of course, on the flip side, this also means that if I don’t like narration for a story that sounds interesting, I may not get the audiobook, but it doesn’t stop me for picking the book up myself. It doesn’t ruin the book for me. That’s extraordinary if you ask me.
I have a great appreciation for audiobooks and I’m looking forward to finding more gems and highlighting them here for you guys.