For my part, though, it took a while to get attracted to them as my initial loathing for them had been so deep. Part of my objections stemmed from the fact that each time I took to one, it sounded like listening to a cassette tape or CD but without the music. All the time, my psychologically-conditioned mind would wait for the musical beat to come through but then it would only be the narrators voice and that didn’t take me long to get disappointed. Or the audio sometimes gave me the feeling of having gone back to my elementary or kindergarten years when were read to, since we couldn’t do it ourselves. I didn’t like that. Adult books were meant to be enjoyed in print form, and that’s how I wanted things to last forever.
Now not so any more. I have come to love audio books. The narrators voices transport me to heights I might not have reached had I been reading alone to myself. What a turnaround.
In fact what I have since discovered is that good narrators add dimensions to a story that the print version can’t have. They are like actors, and can convey a deep sense of emotion that makes you experience feelings you never would have had. It’s something I now wonder why I didn’t realize soon enough as I continued with my reckless bashing of audio. Today I know better.
Indeed much of the allure of audio lies in the voice of the narrator and I have to say my current favorite is Lorelei King. She is absolutely marvelous. She can inflect her voice in different ways to bring life to different characters in a story. Those who listen to books a lot may remember her from the popular Stephanie Plum series, but she is also the powerful voice behind Darynda Jones’s grim reaper series featuring Charlie Davidson.
Lorelei is in fact so good at her work, she made me grasp something I had completely missed. The grim reaper series is actually very similar to Janet Evanovich’s popular bounty hunter series! Charlie Davidson is a virtual clone of Stephanie Plum’s! This had never been apparent to me before — as I had sampled a few print versions of both authors. Now listening to Lorelei, it didn’t take me a second to make the connection — and Google even confirmed it. The plots and events actually mirror one another, except that one is more grounded in reality while the other is supernatural.
Kudos to Lorelei for making me get that, and I would have been none the wiser had it not been for her abilities. Audio books indeed add a certain depth to a story that print alone doesn’t have, and I think they will be around for a long time to come.
Happy listening to you all.