Welcome to Brandee's Bookish Babble. There are many, many similar posts to this one - but basically I wanted a place to discuss bookish and/or blogging stuff and I needed a title. :) So this is my new discussion meme.
I'm a relative newbie to audiobooks. Currently, I've listened to 4 and I've started my 5th. My first audiobook was a series that was new to me but came highly recommended (in audio) from Berls @Fantasy is More Fun. I listened to it while on vacation, driving around the East coast, so that may have detracted from my enjoyment. While I did like the story and the narrator, I felt like I didn't become invested in it the way I might've had I read it instead.
My second listen was from a series I LOVE. And I really liked the narrator's voice as well. But again, I didn't become as immersed in the story as I thought I should seeing as it was a series I was familiar with.
My third listen...it was a game changer for me! It was a new author to me but I loved everything about it.
So this all got me to thinking...what does it take to make a great listen?
Is it just about a well-written story? Or can a great narrator keep you riveted to your listening device? Or is it some combination of both? Can a narrator's voice turn you off even if it isn't necessarily irritating in any way? Is it all just personal preference???
I still haven't figured it out. I haven't met a narrator yet whose voice reminded me of George Costanza, and therefore made me cringe. But I can tell you that I did download two more books from the narrator of my game changer listen.
What about you? Are you an audio-reader? What makes great audio for you?