This week’s question comes to us from MIKAELA @ MIKAELA READS who asks:
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 don’t really listen to audiobooks that much. When I was a functioning member of society, I used to listen in my car sometimes, when my commute was particularly boring. I also used to listen in my car ALL THE TIME right after my husband died, because audiobooks kept my mind from wandering too much in the car.
In that way, I’ll always be grateful for them.
But now that I am well, truly and permanently disabled, I am never in a car alone (doctor’s orders) and so the opportunity to listen doesn’t come up anymore.
When I did listen, there was really only one thing that I wanted, and that was a great performance from the narrator. I think of audiobooks as analogous to radio programs, and therefore what they need are ACTORS. I especially like reading actor memoirs read by the author because it gives me a great performance with the added benefit of the narrator having a personal connection to the story.
What about you, dear readers? Do you listen to audiobooks? What makes for a great one?