03-09-2008 09:19 PM
Thanks for reading this and double thank if you responed!
03-09-2008 09:26 PM - edited 03-09-2008 09:27 PM
I agree, sometimes listening to the books can be easier.
Message Edited by Starlet on 03-09-2008 09:27 PM
"I cannot live without books."
03-10-2008 02:58 PM
"When you follow your heart, you should have no regrets. When you follow someone elses, those regrets may lose your heart." -anonymous
Isaiah 41:28-31- life verse
03-22-2008 11:54 PM
03-23-2008 06:31 AM
11-18-2012 06:58 AM
(way to dig up a dusty old topic...)
I never used to like audiobooks. I think I was rather snobbish about reading it for myself. But, I have found that I really enjoy many of them. It really depends on the reader. A crappy reader can make even your favorite book sound bad, while a really good reader can make the dictionary sound interesting.
I started out only listening to books I had already read for myself... gradually getting over my silly prejudice. I spend so much time alone in my car and just got tired of bad radio stations or having to change CDs for longer drives and wanted something different. I got a few mp3 CD formatted books and found I rarely listen to music in the car at all anymore, at least not when I'm by myself.
The turning point was probably discovering Audiovox/Librivox (the audiobook sister of the Gutenburg Project). I could listen to dusty old tomes that I had tried to read for myself and just couldn't get into after years of "easy reads". While some of these volunteer readers aren't terribly good, some are wonderful and obviously love sharing their favorite old books.
For a recommendation (not from Audiovox/Librivox), I can say James Marsters (you may now him from his Buffy fame) does an excellent job reading Jim Butcher's Dresden Files... but they aren't exactly teen material. (but since I was quite the precocious teen myself, I'd have devoured them before graduation had they been around, so no remorse in offering them up here)
The downside, is apparently book 12 in the series is the last he reads. I haven't listened to 13 yet (though I just finished reading it) and 14 isn't out for another week.
It can be quite jarring to switch readers in a series, even if both (or more) are very good. The best example I have of that is Cornelia Funke's Ink books. Lynn Redgrave did a fine job reading Inkheart and Brendon Fraser was just as fun to listen to on Inkspell, but they have VERY different reading styles.
The best audio dramatizations I have would be everything by Alien Voices. I haven't checked, but I don't believe they are exact readings, but rather old time radio play style performances... with multiple actors and sound effects and such. Alien Voices are at its base John DeLancey and Leonard Nimoy (Q and Spock from Star Trek), and the company was founded to record classic science fiction. If you're a fan of the actors or the books, it is WELL worth getting them.
Anyone else have recommendations to tack on to this resurrected topic?