I haven’t listened to an audiobook in a very long time. More than twenty years, in fact. They’re just not my thing. (Also, abridged audiobooks? Not good. Leave out or shorten a scene the “reader” remembers and likes from the print version, and there will be fannish outrage. Trust me.) I know a lot of people these days prefer them over print versions, though. ‘Reading just takes too long,’ someone said to me the other day. (Seriously?? Reading takes too long, when the average person can read about twice as fast as someone can speak the same words?) Or, ‘I don’t have time to read much, but I can listen to an audiobook on the drive to work.’ (That makes more sense. Why deprive yourself of good stories entirely just because you don’t have enough free time to read as much as you’d like?)
Anyway. Audiobooks. It seems I’ve got to do a bit of research… Currently, there are no audiobook versions of my clone’s novels, and maybe that is a situation that ought to be rectified.
I should listen to audio versions of novels I already know, so I can compare them to the print versions. (No, not those novels. You have no idea how much damage a bad soundtrack and worse sound effects can do to a perfectly good story. Here’s hoping it’s better with moving pictures added, yeah?) I know there audiobooks of some of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga novels; that would be a good place to start. (Yes! There is an audiobook of The Warrior’s Apprentice, and it is unabridged! *happy dance*) I don’t know what the audience expects of audiobooks these days.
Any input — advice, opinions, whatever — is much appreciated. Even recommendations for audiobooks that you think are especially good examples of their kind.