Tuesday 24 May 2011
On Audio Books
1. I don't like dramatisations:
My Dad loves dramatisations, but to me it will always sound like people in a studio making dodgy sound effects with cheap materials, like blowing through a paper cone to simulate wind. And it's harder to follow the story when there's not much explanation.
2. Authors should not read their own books (in general):
I've tried both a John Le Carre and a Dan Brown book in which the authors read their own work. John Le Carre has a really monotonous voice and tends to slur his syllables together, which doesn't make for easy listening. Dan Brown seemed bored by his own book. I'm sure there are exceptions to this, but publishers should not assume that people want to listen to the author just because he/she wrote it.
3. The trashier the better:
As I listen whilst driving, highbrow literature or too many characters or plot developments are too diverting and I can't keep up. Trash with a predictable story outline is the best, I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl for this very reason.
4. Abridgements feel like cheating:
I don't count audio books as 'real' books or include them in my total of books read this year. But if I listen to an abridgement, I spend the whole time wondering what has been left out and consequently don't feel as though I've 'read' the book at all. I'm surely not alone on this?
What's your opinion of audio books?
Are you as fussy as me?