Audiobook Week: Mid-Week Meme

Current/most recent audiobook:



I’m currently listening to A Discovery of Witches (by Deborah Harkness; narrated by Jennifer Ikeda)

Impressions:

A couple of people whose opinion I highly respect recommended this title; but quite frankly I’m quite disappointed with it. I had no preconceived ideas about what it was about or what to expect other than that the story would be compelling. It’s about a witch who calls up an alchemical text from the stacks At the Bodlean library at Oxford. I’m about halfway through and I’m just not feeling it. Jennifer Ikeda has a lovely voice but every passage in the book is treated with the same intensity, whether its that moment when the protag meets up with an avowed enemy or she’s in a yoga class. The evenness with which the narrator delivers the story bleeds the excitement out of the tale. And then there’s the issue of a couple of mispronunciations which is driving me batshit crazy: Stuff like Magdalene (College) being mispronounced “mag-da-lin” instead of “maud-lyn” and “dressage” being mispronounced as “dres-idj” instead of “dre-sahdj.” There are a lot of suspect pronunciations but I’m too lazy to drag out the OED to do a look-up every time a not-quite-right-sounding word pops up.

(So why haven’t I dumped the audio in favor of the book? Basically because I’m cheap. I spent my book allowance on a FitBit (a fancy pedometer) and the hold list on the library is rather long.) I’ll get through this; but when the sequel is published I plan on getting Shadow of Night in print.

Current/most recent favorite audiobook:

One of my favorite audiobooks this year was actually released a couple of years ago, The Ghosts of Belfast (by Stuart Neville; narrated by Gerard Doyle.) I’m about to add it to my Personal Pantheon of All Time Great Audiobooks. The story is about a former IRA hit man, Gerry Fegan who is haunted by twelve ghosts. The ghosts will leave him in peace if he executes a vendetta against the people ultimately responsible for their respective deaths. It’s a great story and Gerard Doyle is perfectly suited and cast for it! You can read my review of it on this blog 🙂

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:

My favorite new-to-me narrator is Wil Wheaton. His narration of Ready Player One (by Ernest Cline) was perfect! I often blow off celebrity narrators but this is an exception I’ll gladly make 🙂

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:



Hmmm, next up may be Hillary Mantle’s Wolf Hall (narrated by Simon Slater.) I tried reading the book before and was lost. Then I switched to audio and was equally lost! Then I tried listening to the book and listening together and it all made sense! I stopped for some reason though. I need to get back to it however and wrap it up so I can listen to Bring Up the Bodies (by Hillary Mantle; narrated by Simon Vance.) I’ve heard that Bring Up the Bodies is more accessible (whew!)

Your audio dream team (what book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):



I really can’t go there! Let’s just say that I make casting recommendations for a lot of books and sometimes I win and sometimes I don’t :-/

06/27/2012: 10:100: UPDATE! I’m changing my answer! I wish Xe Sands had narrated the final chapters to The Last Werewolf (by Glen Duncan) and then gone on to narrate Talulah’s Rising.

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7 thoughts on “Audiobook Week: Mid-Week Meme

  1. I see your point about A Discovery of Witches. She was interesting enough, though, for me to get through it. I'm not sure I would have made it in the print. I think I would have given it up to be returned to at some unknown point because it would have felt bulky. Now that I'm invested in the story, though, I think I can read the others. I'm not opposed to doing audio again, I just think that I need to try the print this time around.

    And Wil Wheaton is so totally worth it!

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  2. The Ghosts of Belfast. If it's even close to your pantheon, I've got to listen to it.

    I'm kind of sad about A Discovery of Witches. I've now bought that and received a review copy of Book 2. Based on what you've said, I may very easily end up in your camp. Boo! At least this helps me to hold off for a while.

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  3. The Ghosts of Belfast was one of favorite listens of 2011. If you enjoyed Gerard Doyle's work in that, you might want to give Adrian McKinty's Falling Glass a run (another fave). GD is just as great there, too, with a book of Irish crime that's on equal footing w/ TGoB.

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