So what’s your take on audio books? I don’t normally listen to audio books. I rather read the book myself. However, occasionally while I’m working I’ll “listen” to a book. I picked up the Hunger Games third book about 5 months ago and started reading it. It didn’t grab me as much as the first two books did, but the OCD person in me MUST finish the book I started. That’s just how I am. Over the past 5 months I’ve picked it up, read a chapter, and then put it down. I don’t touch it again for weeks. I found the audio version on YouTube the other day. I figured that would be a great way to finish the book seeing I can’t start on the list of books I want to read until I finish this one (yeah, I’m weird).
I plugged my headphones in and started to listen. It’s awful. Absolutely awful! They couldn’t have picked a more terrible narrator for her character. Maybe I,m being bias seeing I never read the Hunger Games until it came out in the theater. I saw the movie first (I know, totally backwards). But I picture Katniss as Jennifer Lawrence. I picture Katniss as described in the book…a teenager. I picture Katniss a super badass.
The narrator for the audio version of the book sounds so pretentious. English accent. Maybe in her 40s. It just doesn’t match the character at all. Listening to the book is more torturous then trying to get through the book myself. Am I out of line to think that the voice should match the character described in the book especially when the book is told in the first person?
So what’s your take on audio books? Do you listen to them? How much does the narrator’s voice affect your decision to keep on listening?