Q: Audio book sales are on the rise. Are you an audio book listener?
If so, which books and/or narrators would you recommend?
If not, tell us why.
I've been listening to audio books since January and it has been a great way to get caught up on series that I've had on my TBR list for ages. I decided to start an audio book subscription after seeing so many really good reviews from my blogging buddies and ever since then, I've been hooked.
At first, I thought it was going to be really expensive, but my subscription through audiobooks.com is only $9.99 a month. Some new kindle books run more than that, so it's not a bad deal. Then I found Amazon's reduced pricing for audio books and I've been on a buying spree ever since.
If you buy a kindle book for a reduced price, for example Rot & Ruin is currently $1.99, then you can also purchase the audio book for $3.99. That's less than $6.00 for both instead of the $26.95 that it would cost to buy the audio version without credits. Pretty sweet, right? And I'm a visual person, that's why I like having both. If there is a name or city or magical term that I'm not sure how to spell, then I can always look it up using the kindle version.
But the down side to audio books is bad narrators. They can completely ruin a story. Some female narrators have HORRIBLE "man voices" or they can make a heroine sound whiny and irritating. And some are really, really bad with accents. That's one of the reasons I've learned to avoid paranormal romance when it comes to audio books. There is often a male love interest with some sort of accent and it rarely ever works out. What is supposed to be sexy becomes silly instead.
Emma Galvin (Divergent, Poison Princess, Beautiful Disaster) and Rebecca Gibel (Splintered, Of Poseidon, Undeadly) are fantastic narrators and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to one of their stories. They're definitely my favorites.
I've listed below my best and worst audio book experiences and I would love to hear your opinions as well. I'm always looking for recommendations or even suggestions on which ones to avoid.
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