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*Cue in Rihanna’s We Found Love* I told you guys that I didn’t like audiobook. But it looks like I speak too soon. I was in an awful mood last week and my eyes were tired although I’m still not sleepy. I decided to try out an audiobook. The novel, Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I said in my review I liked it enough and found it entertaining, though I didn’t love it. But hearing the story (which was 11 and 26 minutes [according to audible] so I had to divide  it to two hours per night, so it took me like a week to finish) it kinda changed my mind on the entire story. I guess when I tried audiobook before the narrator didn’t grab me. Not to mention the length of the book didn’t look appealing. But when I tried this time, I just saw myself continuing it and really enjoying Travis’s story.

I’m buying a copy of Walking Disaster. I read the book first as an e-galley. Now I’m itching to read in it print! Image © Me!

I take back what I said in my review. I now understand Travis’s Maddox all thanks to this format. I still found it weird after hearing the entire story—a story I’m very familiar already, changed the ball game for me. I guess all I need is the right title to reintroduce me in this format.

What I noticed is that the narration was slow, which I think is understable since the narrator needs to enunciate every word. The emotions were tamed down, like when Travis was shouting, it wasn’t the shout the way I imagined it to be when I read the book. But then again, if he did shout not only it’ll strain his voice (man, look at the length, look at it!) it’s going to shatter my eardrum to pieces. So I get that, but it kinda pulled back the emotional impact for me. But like I said I understand why.

I would have liked if the voices changes. It’s weird hearing Abby and America (or the entire female cast) in Travis girlish voice. But this is first POV so I guess that’s the reason why he was the one doing all the work. I saw before, I’m not sure which novel, that they hired celebrities to narrate the audiobook, and there were three of them. I’m really not sure how the audiobook works. Maybe it’s different depends on how to publisher wanted to handle the material.

I do not hate audiobook. At least not anymore. But I think I’ll be only listening to the novels I’ve already read so I wouldn’t be frustrated discounting it. Anyways, it opened a door for me. One I gladly entered.

How about you? Have you tried audiobook? How’s the experience? I would love to know what you think! :happy:

2014 / 04 / 11

21 Responses to Special: I found love in audiobooks

  1. Krystabelle Mangion says:

    I have just listened to The Fault in Our Stars – audiobooks are my new best friends.

    Great post :)
    Belle xx


  2. Sophia says:

    As a child, I listened to TONS of audiobooks in the car as
    my mother drove me and my sister to various events and classes. Nowadays, I barely listen to them at all, but I’m considering getting into them again.

    As for voices/actors, I’ve rarely heard an audiobook done by
    more than one reader (but maybe that’s changing now – as I said, I haven’t
    listened to one in a while). With a really good actor, you end up getting used
    to their portrayal of the opposite sex, and barely notice that it’s a guy
    reading a girl’s part, or vice versa. But then again, I’ve listened to some
    where the actor is just terrible, and we’ve had to quit a few chapters in. I
    suppose it’s just luck, in a way.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      This audiobook has a very manly voice as the narrator so it was difficult for me at the beginning but as I progressed, I got used to it so it didn’t matter. Overall, the narrator was good. He portrayed the character quite well.

  3. Jenna says:

    The narrator can make or break a book. A bad one, or one with an annoying voice or an accent you don’t like makes an unpleasant experience. I have heard a few with multiple actors, but I prefer the ones with one or at the most two different voice. One is best (to me) though!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I guess that factored so much why I liked the audiobook for WD. I’ve heard of itbefore, I’m just not sure which book. But I’m interested to try it out if ever. :D

  4. Lucy says:

    It takes a lot of patience to finish an audiobook. And even greatly matters how the narrator delivers the story effectively. Same as you, I listen to one I’ve already read. It’s easier that way.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It does. I think the narrator is deal breaker. It’s one of the reason why I dismissed this format before, thanks to WD, I now liked it.

      It’s much easier since I couldn’t listen it on one go and I hate interruption when I read. Thanks Lucy. :D

  5. Sweet! :D I don’t listen to audiobooks, really. :( I’ve never tried, but I know I want to! :D I’m so glad you enjoyed this audiobook, Mitchii! :) Sometimes it’s nice to have someone reading the story to you! :P

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh you should try. It was actually a nice experience, if the narrator is good (like this one) you would love it.

      That too. I was lying in my bed listening the whole time and imagining it. It is much clearer since my mind was attuned with what I’m hearing.

  6. Shannelle C. says:

    Audiobooks are something I want to try, but cost way too much to even consider. It costs way even more than a nice physical hardbound, and it would take up so much time. And I also don’t want to support Amazon even more, in a way, haha.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Audible is much cheaper compare to buying the CDs. It’s almost the same price as a hardback copy (at least if you buy them on TBD or Amazon). Why? I liked Amazon.

  7. I love audiobooks too! Especially for when I’m in a reading slump or when I’m really busy. Reading Walking Disaster made me hate Abby. ><

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I know understand the appeal. I guess I judged it too quickly before. I’m thinking of listening to another one. I’m not sure which one.

      I know, hearing Travis inner monologues made it clear how he loved Abby, albeit too much. Thanks Laura!

  8. I’ve tried several audiobooks and they all failed, even Harry Potter! I’ve come to the realization that it just doesn’t work for me :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh no, but I understand it’s really hard to like at first especially if the material wasn’t properly made. Hope you’ll still try though. :)

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  10. Tanya Patrice says:

    I love audiobooks! For me, I know not every audiobook is going to grab me, so I discard after 10 minutes of listening – if I know I won’t like it. Thankfully, I get them from the library. I started out listening to YA, because they are fast paced, and have since branched out. But I still can’t do non-fiction on audiobooks.

    Tanya Patrice

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s a good thing that they let you hear a sample before you can purchase. I can’t imagine listening to non-fiction unless I wanted to sleep. :P Thanks Tanya!

  11. I have never tried an audiobook and I don’t think I ever will. Just because I simply love the experience of reading. I love holding a book, and the smell and feel of pages. That’s one of the reasons I read!
    And I think hearing someone’s voice narrating and imposing on my imagination would feel so weird.
    I really don’t think Ill ever try them but I can understand why people might like them.
    Weird side note: I’d actually love to record an audiobook, haha XD

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Haha, that’s really weird. I do love reading and greatly prefer than listening but occasionally it’s nice to just lie in your bed, eyes closed and listen. :D

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