Audiobooks are rising faster than any other digital publishing. So, publishers are skipping eBook production and going straight to audiobooks, knowing that audiobook sales are increasing. People choose audiobooks for convenience, multitasking, and the uniqueness of a person reading to them.
What makes a good audiobook?
Aside from the content and continuity in a series; factors in making an audiobook great are the narrator's voice, characters' voices, pacing, and expression. Listeners have no idea that book could change their lives or in fact don’t even know it exists.
The reasons why people enjoy listening to audiobooks are:
- Audiobooks are portable and it can listen wherever the user is.
- User can do other things while listening.
- Users enjoy being read to.
Users seriously considering who narrates the book. Not only books need to be believable, but narrator needs to have a conviction. That narrator gets the pronunciations right in times of humor, drama, or captures the tense atmosphere of a thriller.
How to figure out an ideal reader?
When user is drawn into a story, consider these areas:
- Pronunciation and accent. Audiobook listeners tend to care about accuracy from a professional narrator.
- Voice. Fiction or non-fiction, nailing the voice is a make-or-break part for listeners.
- Communication: Narrator can fix things in post-production for a livelier read.
What makes for a good narrator?
What makes a narrator stand out is to capture the atmosphere of the book. Whether it's a romance, a horror novel, a children's book, they have set the right tone. It is like a one-person show performing when they perform. And it all depends on their voice and ability to communicate what the characters are feeling.
Authors who read their own book are mostly amazing. Michelle Obama, for example, reads her memoir, "Becoming". Described by her personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. It is exceptional the way that she does it.
There are some other memoirs that are well-performed when read by author that the audience might be interested in. Others with a song at the end of each chapter, good or funny stories, and it creates a very special atmosphere.
What are the best narrated audiobooks?
Below are some of top audiobook narrations of all-time as specified by Book Scrolling.
- A Game of Thrones collection (Books 1-7) by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice
- A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
- Bossypants by Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale or Stephen Fry
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, narrated by Sissy Spacek
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, narrated by Jeremy Irons
- Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, narrated by Morgan Freeman
- World War Z by Max Brooks, narrated by Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner, Mark Hamill, Alfred Molina, Simon Pegg, Henry Rollins, Martin Scorsese
- The End of the Affair by Grahm Greene, narrated by Colin Firth
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, narrated by Stephen Hoye
If a person love books, they usually read fast as it builds up reading comprehension over the course of time. It has something similar with audiobooks. So, start with a printed book or an eBook or maybe a children's book along with an audiobook. What do you think?