Some quick thoughts on audiobook presentations:
Sound effects: I am usually not a fan. I want my audiobook to be more like a regular book than a radio program.
Multiple narrators: I like it when the book is in first person. Otherwise give me one narrator. I mean, the voice in my head is always female and I still manage to successfully read books about boys.
Changing narrators over the course of a series: I find it jarring at first. If the new narrator is good, I can adapt, but I prefer consistency with a series.
Other things I’ve discovered:
- I usually prefer male narrators. I hate saying this, being not male myself, but it’s true. I still listen to plenty of female narrators but some of the men just have these TERRIFIC audiobook voices (*cough* Robertson Dean *cough*).
- Nonlinear novels are tough for me in audio. Unless there are good markers, I get confused.
- Books that I would put down in print because they get slow or are a bit long, I can continue to listen to for far longer. Which is great at getting to those nonfiction books and classic novels.
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