Heard any good books lately? Perhaps a better questions is whether you’ve heard any bad books lately? Or maybe not that the book is bad, but the narrator ruins the story for you. Ever had that happen? Because I have.
The Emerald Atlas was ruined for me by some of the voices the narrator gave to the characters. If I had read this book for myself, it would have been fine. Ironically, this is the same narrator that read the Harry Potter series and The Night Circus, two of my favorite audio books.
The Princess and Curdie couldn’t finish listening to this one, even though I loved the story, because the narrator lingered on some words words so long that they billowed up as if they were attached to great big balloons. Very distracting. But it was also a free recording through Librivox, so I didn’t lose anything by trying it.
On the flip side (get the audio reference?) there are other books that were wonderful to listen to…
The Last Summer (of You and Me) and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments (#1-3) were great, perhaps better than me reading it to myself because I couldn’t rush through them. And I have fond memories of Rosamund Pilcher’s books read by Lynn Redgrave due to many summers driving with my mom all the way across Texas (literally).
I appreciate Librivox and other places that offer free or inexpensive recordings of classic literature. Many contemporary audio books are crazy expensive. For those, I keep my library card ready. To me, there’s nothing better than audio books for a long drive, or just commuting around town running errands.
What’s your take on audio books? Are there any you love? Hate? Do you have favorite narrators?