I’m a fairly new audio-book user. It will never be the way I read for many many reasons; I can’t listen to a book I’ve never read before (concentration issues), the UK market is still pretty crappy (Geo-restrictions… don’t get me started!) and I also have silly memory issues that means that if I don’t listen to the book in one sitting, I may forget minor plot points. That being said, I do enjoy them when I’m not in the mood for reading or am doing something that requires no concentration.
I’m used to book covers, blurbs or even author behavior (sorry, it’s true) either turning me on to or off a book, but now I’m having to deal with a new issue; the narrator.
I have been listening to a fabulous series on audio, enthusiastically downloading the next in the series every time my new credits hit. I’ve even marked a few books on GR as to read as, if I like them, I may download the audio as the narrator really made the books work for me. Then, this month, disaster hit. The narrator for the book I’ve downloaded this month is different and it just isn’t working for me. This is my favorite book in the series, the one that I’ve been looking forward to the most, and I absolutely hate the voice the narrator uses for the hero. I can’t get through it, can’t hear the story beyond the surfer dude accent the narrator is using for the hero that in no way matches what his voice sounded like in my head when I first read the book. There are very mixed reviews for this narrator; it seems some people love her character voices and some people hate her character voice.
I don’t know what to do audio book listeners, because she narrates a few other books that were on my list. I’m not finishing this one, I know that, but do I try other books that she narrates? How important is narrator to you?