Here is the question asked by Jen today:
Discuss the essentials of audiobook reviewing.
What do you make sure to include?
What do you want to see when you read other people’s reviews?
As for other books, I start with the title and the author; then I include the narrator(s), the length of the audiobook, who published it, and when.
At one point, I used to put here as well who published the print edition, when, and how many pages it is. I have not done so recently. What do you think? Do you think it would be important to insert?
I then insert the picture of the book, and the reading challenges the audiobook fits it.
And my review itself.
As I said yesterday, when I started listening to audiobooks, I did not even mention the narrators. Thanks to my longer experience, and my reading great audiobook reviews, I started paying much more attention to the narrators.
So I usually note what my general impression was, how their tone of voice, the different accents they used helped create a fitting ambiance for the book, etc.
When there are extra audio elements, such as background sounds or music, I also talk about them.
I expect other audiobook reviewers to include these same elements; I like when they give details about the print edition, as I am still better at measuring the length of a book by the number of its pages than by the number of its hours. But this is really personal, and I will probably upgrade one of these days!
I have learned to enjoy so much audiobooks, that I look forward to listening to some particular narrators.
Orlagh Cassidy is definitely my favorite female narrator. Actually, to be honest, I listened to Before I Go To Sleep because she was the narrator!
Otherwise, not even sure I would have bothered approaching this book. And this made me discover a great book! Incidentally, the got the 2011 Prize for Best Voice in Mystery And Suspense.
So maybe you should judge the book by its narrator!!
I have several favorite male narrators. Let me just present my latest discovery: Simon Vance, that I heard for the first time in Bring Up The Bodies. As I explained in my review, I was first disappointed, because I had enjoyed very very much the narration of Simon Slater in Wolf Hall. And I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but when you hear one character with one voice, for me, this character is very much associated in my head with that voice, and it can be hard to break the mental association. But Simon Vance was perfect at his job, as I explain in my review.
I am very rarely disappointed by a narrator, I’m not even sure when it was last time; for me, narrators do a great job at enhancing the main characteristics of the book by their oral skills. I especially appreciate when the writer is the narrator of his/her own book, like Simon Winchester in Atlantic.
oops, I already answered some questions for Thursday, but the 2 topics were so close, I could not refrain!
So, I have some questions for you:
- At one point, I used to put here as well who published the print edition, when, and how many pages it is. I have not done so recently. What do you think? Do you think it would be important to insert?
- Who is your favorite female narrator? give an example of audiobook
- Who is your favorite male narrator? give an example of audiobook
- I just wrote: “maybe you should judge the book by its narrator”. What do you think?
- Do you like when the writer him/herself is the narrator? why? why not?
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