Anyone have any thoughts on it? I'm going to do something with audio books in 2013, but haven't decided which way to go yet.
It is uncanny the way a good narrator can switch from one character's voice to another. Sometimes they use a change in pitch, sometimes different pacing. The changes are often quite subtle. I often wonder how the narrators are able to maintain a unique voice for each character without getting them mixed up. Sometimes the characters have different accents and to listen to a master effortlessly switch from one accent to another is a joy. In general, I find male narrators are able to portray female characters better than female narrators are able to portray male characters. One exception to that is Maggie Mash who does the male characters very well, and I am sure there are other exceptions.jvin248 said:.
I have limited experience on the audio book consumer side, but how do the pros mentioned in one of the comments do 'the other voices'?
If you want to experience a range of readers, check out librivox.org and download some (free) titles. The tale of two cities has one reader (Paul Adams, with an English accent) that is really great. http://librivox.org/a-tale-of-two-cities-by-charles-dickens-2/
I've done cross-state trips with kids listening to Old Mother West Wind books I've gotten from librivox, a great resource.
Well, actually if it's romance then most likely you have both POVs (hero and heroine). There are some 1st person POV romances, but most 1st person POVs are strong romantic elements, rather than actually romance.jvin248 said:Question for the romance market readers/listeners here .. is it better to have a male voice read the story or a female voice (to match the POV)?
.JB Rowley said:...I have tried several of librivox.org books and have yet to find a quality narrator so I would not use them as a benchmark for audio book narrators. (I am sure there are exceptions and I will check out the ones you mentioned.)