Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Audiobook Week Meme

Today Jen from Devourer of Books has put together a short meme for Audiobook Week. Here are my responses:

Current/most recent audiobook: I am presently listening to TABLOID CITY by Pete Hamill, narrated by Peter Ganim and Ellen Archer.
Impressions: This is a wonderfully produced audio of a so-so novel. The dual narrators works amazingly on this audiobook and each narrator seems to have a firm understanding of the characters and tone of the novel. The novel itself has a rather loose plot. There's a central concept that the multitude of sub-plots revolve around, but the cohesiveness is lacking. I find myself disliking almost all the characters and the author is unnecessarily crass at times, actually rather frequently. The production is actually what has kept me listening. In print, I would have put this book down already.
Current favorite audiobook: Yikes! This is a hard one. I would have to say any of the Walt Longmire books (written by Craig Johnson) narrated by George Guidall. A close second would be both THE LOCK ARTIST (written by Steve Hamilton) narrated by MacLeod Andrews and A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS (written by R.J. Ellory) narrated by Mark Bramhill. These are all excellent examples of great books paired with great narrators who completely understand what the authors are trying to achieve in the books.
One narrator who always makes you choose audio over print: George Guidall, definitely.
Genre you most often choose to listen to: This is a trick question, isn't it? Just kidding. Of course for me it is crime fiction.
If given the choice, you will always choose audio when: I don't know that I have a hard and fast "always" rule here. I do love to catch up on a series that I come to late in audio, whenever I am able.

If given the choice, you will always choose print when: Again, I don't know that there's an "always" for this one. If I run into a narrator I can't listen to, then I will always choose print. An example of this for me is James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. I listened to Mark Hammer narrate these books for years and I felt he embodied Robicheaux to a "T." His accents and dialects were spot on. He flowed seamlessly between characters. He illustrated the life-weary character and all his struggles in exactly the way I envisioned Robicheaux. When Mark Hammer passed away Recorded Books began using Wil Patton who narrates the series for Simon and Schuster. I can't listen to Wil Patton. I don't interpret Dave Robicheaux the way he does and it's nails on a chalk board for me to listen to him. So, I always choose print on this series now.


Mickey @ imabookshark June 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM  

I also love it when I find a series with a bunch of books to continually listen to. Especially if there is a great narrator!

Here's my audio book week post!

Mickey @ imabookshark

Nise' June 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM  

Uh Oh, I have Tabloid City in print, sounds like I'd better get the audio.

Jen - devourer of books June 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

I'm sorry TABLOID CITY isn't very good, but yay for a good narrator making it bearable!

Kristin June 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

I did the same thing recently - I was behind in the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen and have so many print books waiting to be read, that I decided to listen to the last two - and I love it!

My mid-week meme can be found here.

Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) June 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

I love Guidall too and will listen to pretty much anything he does. NPR did a great interview with him sometime in the past few months - you should check it out.

bermudaonion June 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM  

I have Tabloid City in print and on audio and now I know how I'll experience it.

le0pard13 June 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

As usual, some great answers on your part, Jen. Thanks.

Vasilly June 8, 2011 at 10:02 PM  

I love Guidall! He seems to be one of every bloggers' favorite narrators. I've currently listening to him read Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

pmunited June 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

I went to see Pete Hamill read from Tabloid City last night. I enjoyed listening to him and wil certainly read this book. I enjoyed reading "Forever" a few years ago.

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