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Initial post: May 17, 2012, 8:15:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012, 8:24:20 AM PDT
Ryn Nicol says:
Do you ever prefer the audiobook over the written book? I recently listened to the Orchid Thief, and I think that if I had read it instead of listened I would have hated the book. I now understand that rant in Adaptation where Nick Cage's character screams, "Plants! It's about ****ing plants!" Something about that voice made the long winded descriptions fascinating. I really wanted to know more about the banal details of grass which I think if I read... I would have tossed the book across the room.

Anyone else ever feel like that? Any good audio fiction I should be listening to?

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 1:26:09 PM PDT
Sometimes I prefer the audiobook; for me it depends a lot on the narrator/reader. There are certain people who do (or did) a superb audio book, like Jeremy Irons, Stephen Fry, Tammy Grimes.

Plus, if the book is particularly English (like the Wodehouse books featuring Jeeves and Wooster), I enjoy hearing the proper accent and pronunciations.

Even a children's fantasy book can be fun on audio if it's done by the likes of Tim Curry's dulcet tones:

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the First)

(Note: the reviews on that link above are for the book itself, not the audio book.)

I've heard audiobooks by several people. One time, I listened to a collection of western stories by a few different narrators, and a few of the tales were read by Jack Palance. He was perfect for that venue with his deep, seasoned, gravelly voice.

More on the subject:

This subject reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld in which George needs to read a text book and somehow he gets hold of the audio version, but the narrator sounds very much like himself (whiny, annoying). Hilarious.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 2:22:00 PM PDT
reply to Kathryn Nicol's post:

i dont like it because it is too slow - reading is so much faster
but the blind guy at church has no choice

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 3:07:03 PM PDT
I love audiobooks! I listen in the car and at home when I'm doing chores or cooking. I have listened to books that I would not read. And with a great narrator it's just awesome.

What genres do you like to read?

I listened to The Help and it was like having the people in my living room talking. I fell in love with Aibeleen from the first words she said.

I just finished two that were wonderful. The Help

I just finished Rodzina and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Also Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery).

I can check at home for some other audiobooks that I've liked.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 3:36:57 PM PDT
I love audiobooks - with a 2+ hour round trip commute each day they help me keep my sanity - i haven't found a radio station in the area that I can listen to for more than 20 minutes at a time

the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter is great - each book is 20+ hours - also the in death series by JD Robb, narrated by Susan Erickson.

i tend to mix up what I listen to between romance, mysteries and general fiction and am always on the look-out for new narrators

Posted on May 17, 2012, 4:23:06 PM PDT
Libros Lover says:
James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux detective series, narrated by Will Patton or Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, narrated by James Marsters are among my favorites. I will second Deanna's choice of the 'In Death' series as well. There are 30+ books and if you've never read one, you'll be entertained for quite a while.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 4:56:59 PM PDT
I think i'm one of the few people who doesn't like Marsters narration...he has this weird breathing candance, saliva sucking thing (or at least in the first one he did) that just drove me nuts

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 5:43:23 PM PDT
I listened to a Lord Peter Wimsey audiobook, narrated by Ian Carmichael, and he kept taking breaths. I had never noticed it with other narrators, but his were so noticeable that I found myself listening for the breaths instead of listening to the story.

I, too, love Davina Porter and Susan Erickson as narrators. Erickson does Roarke so well I just about swoon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 5:53:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012, 5:55:55 PM PDT
Libros Lover says:
I remember you said that. I think the 1st four books were a bit rough around the edges as far as the engineering and editing quality went. When Penguin Audio started publishing the DF - I think Small Favor was the first audiobook they produced in the series, you could tell the difference. The content of the books kept me listening as well as the fact that I think I heard potential, even early on with Jameses (sp?) narration. I think they were his first audiobooks, as well. I'm glad I stuck it out. It remains one of my favorite series. I understand everything isn't for everyone. I know some listeners prefer the narration of the last Dresden book, Ghost Story, by John Glover. Definitely not for me. I'll just recommend and hope someone gets to find something they enjoy.

Edited for spelling

Posted on May 17, 2012, 5:58:34 PM PDT
hey guys - since we have a DVF here...I guess audiobooks don't fit into the fiction forum...why don't we resurrect the audiobook one - posts since 2010

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 6:17:25 PM PDT

That link above should be:

(no posts/threads since 2010)

That's a good idea to rejuvenate it!

Posted on May 17, 2012, 7:00:49 PM PDT
ack stupid hyperlink thingy....

Posted on May 17, 2012, 7:09:15 PM PDT
This is good too:

And more current.

Posted on May 18, 2012, 4:54:21 AM PDT
I started a thread in the audiobooks forum -

i'll check the other one out - it is more active but didn't seem like lots of talk about recommendations going on

Posted on May 25, 2012, 6:23:31 AM PDT
Ryn Nicol says:
thank you for all the suggestions and I will now click over to the other thread. (so much to get at the library this weekend!)

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 2:56:58 AM PDT
LJA says:
LOL Deanna, Yup it's just you. I could listen to James Marsters read the phone book. I think he was the perfect fit to do the Dresden Files books.

Another actor narrating a book I listened to was The Strain read by Ron Perlman. I so wish he would do more.

I am a rural mailcarrier so in addition to a 45 minute commute to and from work I also drive on the route 5 and a half to 6 hours a day. I go through a lot of books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 6:01:45 PM PDT
actually I know several people who aren't a fan of his...we are just in the minority...maybe he gets better as the series goes on, i've only listened to the first one - but i wasn't inclined to pick up the rest because of the narration

Posted on May 26, 2012, 7:07:42 PM PDT
not exactly sure why the DVF feels the need to negative vote all these posts...

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012, 7:53:32 PM PDT
Probably a baby DVF. They put them in less trafficked threads to give them practice. ;)

Posted on May 31, 2012, 5:29:19 AM PDT
JTS says:
I'm surprised to see that no one has mentioned Jim Dale narrating the Harry Potter Series. Also Davina Porter narrating the Outlander series is fantastic. Both narrators are outstanding. The multiple voices they each use make it seem like you're actually listening to more than one person. I like to listen to them on the long bus ride to and from work every day. I don't even mind a traffic jam.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012, 5:35:58 AM PDT
I would also add steven pacey (I think it is) to the list - he narrated Joe Abercrombies The Blade Itself, at least 30 characters that I tracked and 15-20 of them were significant

Posted on Jun 2, 2012, 1:04:41 PM PDT
Calvin says:
I have been listening to audio books for years. The reader and the production can make or break a good book. Here are my favorites:
Readers: George Guidall (who I believe is now deceased) is one of the greats. Tony Hillerman series (which unfortunately are abridged).
David Sedaris read by David Sedaris
Stephen King read buy Stephen King and others, e.g. Lisey's Story, Duma Key
The Great Gatsby read by Tim Robbins - even better than I remembered
The Stieg Larson series read by Simon Vance
Sunset Park, The Brooklyn Follies, and Invisible by Paul Auster and read by same
Anything written and read by Tom Bodett - too bad most are still on tapes rather than CD
Lolita read by Jeremy Irons
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides, and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Selected Stories by Dorothy Parker read by Elaine Stritch
John Irving - most recent was Last Night in Twisted River read by Arthur Morely
Everything by Armistead Maupin ready by same
Solar by Ian McEwan read by Roger Allam
Portrait in Sepia, Ines of My Soul and Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende ready by Blair Brown
White Oleander by Janet Fitch ready by Oprah Winfrey
By Don Delillo - Point Omega (Campbell Scott), Falling Man (John Slattery) and Cosmopolis (Will Patton)
If you like poetry, check out The Academy of American Poets online for poets reading their own work, e.g. Mark Strand, Philip Levine, Joseph Brodsky, WH Auden, Robert Lowell and John Berryman
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