Lexxie from (un) Conventional Bookviews walks us through her first time . . . with audiobooks
When I listened to my very first audiobook, after reading my fellow bloggers amazing reviews for all things audio (yes, I’m looking at you, Felicia @ Geeky Blogger, Melanie @ Hot Listens and Jennifer @ The Book Nympho), it was far from a success.
I had picked one of my favorite books to start with, as I had a long flight across the Atlantic, all on my own, and I figured an audiobook would keep me company, right ? The book was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter. Her voice is very soothing, and the narration of Outlander a bit slow. And I think that I must have been much more tired than I thought before I boarded my flight, as I promptly fell asleep and woke back up when we were landing… Still having stories about Jamie and Claire in my ears, and having had very vivid dreams about historical Scottish countryside and hot romance between a strong female and a stubborn clansman…
I have since listened to Outlander again, with the speed at 1.25, and it was awesome, but that very first time didn’t really work all that well for me, without being the fault neither of the story, nor the narrator.
Now, when I listen to an audiobook, it’s almost like watching a movie, and I love how different narrators are able to bring a story to life with their voice, their cadence, their pitch and their intonation. It’s truly a difficult craft, because they have to know the story well enough to enact parts of it, and tell their listeners other parts.
I’m not sure I’ll ever become as proficient at listening as the bloggers I listed above, but I do enjoy listening, and for me, so far, it’s mostly a way for me to re-visit favorite stories, by having someone else tell me the story, rather than sitting with my kindle or a paper book and reading it myself.