Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was originally created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books starting in August 2019, and was then cohosted with Dani @ Literary Lion from May 2020 to March 2022. Book Nook Bits has hosted since April 2022.
September 30th: Choose your own adventure!
You choose what to write about this week: It can be anything you’d like, and topic ideas can be taken from the LTB topic archives!
Because this was a choose your own, I had a look back in the Let’s Talk Bookish previous prompts, and decided to do the earliest one I could find, which was for April 1
The Makings of a Great Audiobook
(Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)
Prompts: Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what makes a good audiobook? Is it the narrators or does it depend on the genre? What are some of your recommendations for amazing audiobooks? If you don’t listen to audiobooks, why not, and do you ever plan on doing so?
I do listen to audiobooks, and really enjoy doing so. I feel like I put it off for a long, long time, but dug in a while after I started listening to podcasts. I think there’s different factors that impact a good audiobook – narration is definitely one of them, and normally if I dislike an audiobook it’s because of the narrator. Sometimes the actual use of language can impact it, too – I find that with audiobooks, I lean more towards multi-character ones, often amended to better suit audio, or nonfiction.
As an example, currently the last audiobook I listened to was Hamnet, but as I mention in my review, the narration stopped me fully being able to enjoy the experience – it was often just a little bit too fast – and the writing itself was more on the literary end, which sometimes I struggle to follow more in audio over print. Mexican Gothic, however, had an absolutely wonderful narrator who really bought it to life. You can check out my review for that on Divination Hollow.
What about you? Are there particular genres you like or dislike for audiobooks, do you have any recommendations? Let me know!