Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as A Daily Rhythm‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
So today’s topic is: Audio Books
Listening to Audio Books:
I love the idea of audio books. When I’m driving, or cleaning, or as of lately while walking to work, I can still get my book on!
That being said, I rarely listen to them. I actually don’t really like them that much because I can usually read faster than the narrators reading it to me, so I don’t listen to a lot of fiction audio books. Some audio books are like 20 hours long and chances are I would have finished the book much sooner than 20 hours.
Also, if the narrator isn’t that good (i.e. isn’t very good at distinguishing characters) or the plot isn’t fantastic I just get confused and/or space out. And it’s kind of hard to ‘go back’ in an audio book. Though FYI, I listened to The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner because Tom Hiddleston was the narrator and he’s brilliant (he gave everyooooone distinct voices, even the girls (which actually sounded like real females!) and it was amazaballs).
I have however discovered that I love listening to autobiographies, especially when the author is also the narrator! I’ve particularly enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, in which they all narrate their own books. I probably wouldn’t have read these if they’re weren’t available as audios, so yay for audio books for expanding my reading horizon!
Reviewing Audio Books:
I finally reviewed my first audio book (One More Thing, Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak)! And I’m just curious if/when you guys review audio books if it does or how it does differ from reviewing a (written) book? When I reviewed One More Thing, I felt like I needed to talk about the narration a bit, though original I wasn’t going to talk about it. But it is nice to know if the reviewer enjoyed the voice/narrator since sometimes that can make or break listening vs. reading the book, right!
So are you guys big audio-bookers? Or more the casual listener like me?
Are there particular types that you prefer more as audio books?
How do you review audio books? Do you want to review audio books?
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