It’s been some time (3 weeks) since my last Random Rants post so I am excited to ramble again!
I am sure you have seen discussions on eBook vs physical book but I wanted to talk about the difference between reading a physical book (in any format) vs audio!
I love audiobooks. I have a long commute to work and back and I would MUCH rather listen to an audio over the radio any day. I have listened to my fair share of audios and I can gauge what books will be good based on what I like, the narrator etc.
One would think that there isn’t THAT big of a difference listening to an audio over reading the book. However, the narrator can make or break a book. I don’t run into many MEH narrators, either. Sometimes, the narrator can capture the characters feelings so perfectly that I am drawn in or it’s the narrator that has be continuing the story. Other times? I don’t care for the narrator at all and their portrayal of the character kills it for me.
Not only that, you have to consider if there are any EXTRAS in the book. Drawings? Maps? Visuals are nice to have sometimes. Also, some books are just don’t translate well to audio. I have issues with anything with a prophecy, mysteries and some fantasy’s.
So I made a list and talk about what books I have enjoyed BECAUSE I listened to the audio – and a list that I think I would have enjoyed MORE had I read the book!
Books I believe I enjoyed more because I “read” on Audio
- The Dark Unwinding was such a fun historical novel with steam punk elements. I honestly believe that I loved this one so much because of how well Fiona Hardingham brought all the characters to life. Uncle Tully is the BEST.
- The Secrets We Keep was narrated by my FAVORITE narrator Kate Rudd. She is the only narrator that can pull of both YA and Adult. Not only that, she is amazing at expressing the characters emotions. In this case – she changed her voice just the slightest bit so we are able to tell the twins apart. I think I would have been lost, otherwise.
- Torn Away is one of few books that had me UGLY crying. Again, because of the narrator’s ability to express the main characters emotions. This book is emotional anyway – but man. Listening to it is a whole new ball game.
- Under Different Stars …. *heavy sigh* Honestly, I forced myself to finish this one. Had there been another narrator, I probably wouldn’t have made it far, let alone finish it. I know without a doubt, had I read this, I would have thrown the book and never looked back.
- From a Distant Star I have similar thoughts to this one as I do Under Different Stars. I do think I would have finished had I not been listening to the book
Books I believe I would have enjoyed more, had I read them
- Between the Lines has such an interest premise. Have you ever read a YA though that feels…. TOO YA? I mean, I know a lot of adults love YA but I believe this would be well liked by the younger crowd. And the narrator’s voice was high-pitched and irritating, to be honest. Yet she was perfect for the character. Another note – I desperately want to see the drawings in the book.
- The Conspiracy of Us. I enjoyed this one a lot – but it was confusing at times. I would have had a better connection to the story had I read it. And hello, PROPHECY.
- Confess is actually one of my favorite books read this year – but I picked it up and found ALL the artwork and was so bummed that I didn’t get to SEE it when I was reading.
- The Winner’s Curse. Let me give it to you straight. The narrator has THE MOST irritating voice, ever. It’s gruff and shaky and kind of horny sounding. (Thanks A LOT Nereyda).
Tell Me Your Thoughts
- Do you listen to Audio Books? If so, how often?
- Do you ever believe you would have enjoyed a book more had you read it instead?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.