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Sep 28 2017 8:03am

In Audiobooks, What Clicks with You First: Author or Narrator?

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When it comes to physical books author loyalty is usually what has us picking up our next read. When it comes to audiobooks, however, a different factor is at play: The Narrator. We've talked previously about how we can develop a crush on a narrator and that will compell us to try a book we may never have before, simply because a favorite voice actor is reading it. 

So what's your take? Do you like audiobooks? If so, what do you find you gravitate toward more often: narrator or author? 

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8 comments
Scarlettleigh
1. Scarlettleigh
I probably choose more by author than narrator.

I've liked a narrator before and looked at other books she has narrated but ultimately I didn't buy them or listen to them because the subject matter didn't appeal. . .

I can't say that I've fallen in love with a narrator's voice either. I liked his or her voice-- but never been "in love" enough to run out and listen to more books by that same person.
sg911911
2. sg911911
Narrator, definitely! If I don't like the reader I'm not going to listen. I'll seek out a print copy if it's something I would very much like to read.
Sandy Pochapin
3. Sandypo
I pick by the author (or the synopsis of the story if I don't know the author) but I don't pick by the narrator.

However, there are a few narrators I don't like (and some I love). I can't stand any narrator that doesn't know how to pronounce the words correctly. I also don't enjoy listening to male narrators trying to do women's voices. It never works.
tina arnold
4. lindseygarwood
The story has to be there so I start with the author first. However, anyone who listens to audio books will tell you that the narrator can make or break it. I have returned books by authors that I love due to bad narration. I have also skipped works on Audible by some of my favorite authors because they chose a partcular narrator that I knew I did not care for their work. I am most impressed by authors who will push out an audio release because the first go around just did not work and it had to be redone. I respect that immensely. If it does not work for the author it is likely not to work for the readers/listeners as well. I would like to acknowledge Penny Reid for doing as I just described with her audio version of Beard In Mind. Yes, I am still waiting patienetly for this to come out, but when it does I know I will be blown away as always.
sg911911
5. Pellington
Depends. Harry Potter and Black Dagger Brotherhood for the authors (although Jim Dale is the king of narration, as witnessed by Pushing Daisies as well). But I will also listen to ANY story David Tennant, Richard Armitage and Michael Sheen read. Anything. No matter how awful. LOL. We call David La Langue (The Tongue) and Richard Honeylips.
Wendy the Super Librarian
6. SuperWendy
Yes, the skill of the narrator is important and if I find a good one (especially in romance) I'll make a point of seeing what else they've done. But honestly? Like the written word it's author/title first. Or it's a book I'm interested in but I know I'll have zero time to read "the old fashioned way" (this happens a lot for me with non-fiction titles). So yes - while I'll DNF an audiobook in a hot minute if the narrator is terrible, I still tend to choose them the same way I do print - author and title are King and Queen.
willaful
7. willaful
I'll follow a favorite narrator into other genres, or try authors I normally wouldn't.
Anne Ohlrogge
8. krissieo
Definitely the author. Even Tom Hiddleston can't tempt me with something I don't want to hear. But an iffy narrator won't stop me from listening to a book unless it's one of mine. Then I can't bear it, but if it's a writer I love I can usually stand a less than stellar narrator.
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