Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Good Audiobook?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.


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?

Welcome back to LTB, everyone! Actually I don’t have too much to say on today’s topic, as I don’t really listen to that many audiobooks. That being said, it’s certainly one of my New Years Resolutions, and I think that it could be a cool new media to explore.

Instead, I got a treat for you all: I did an interview with Andge! I won’t quote verbatim everything she said, but I’ll certainly give the highlights of what she thought about audiobooks ever since joining the crew of audiobook listeners.

On Narration: Andge finds that narration was really important, but not the be all end all of the audiobook. Audiobooks can be many hours long, so an interesting voice (or at least, not dull) is important. Another consideration is that genre differences may also affect this; she said thrillers and mysteries should take on a more interesting tone, but for contemporaries, it isn’t as important.

Genre Differences: Andge doesn’t find the hugest differences between the genre, and that this probably depends mostly on your preference on how long you can listen to something without a visual. She finds that mysteries tend to work well, particularly if the narration is good to elevate and heighten the suspense. Contemporaries also work well, particularly romance. The pattern here may be that both these genres are typically shorter, whereas fantasies can run upwards for 15 hours.

Recommendations: Andge said there isn’t that much of a difference between what is amazing or not based purely on the media. Although she does note that These Violent Delights was a particularly good audiobook, because its lyrical prose really came through in the narration. Audiobooks can allow really great writing to show itself through the audiobook format when narrated well.

Convenience: Andge said that she generally chooses to read out of convenience. She still has the preference for physical books or e-books as a visual person, but does see the benefits of audiobooks when you want to read more but don’t have the time. Andge also finds that it can be helpful when trying to get through a more boring part of a book, since the audio forces you to keep going!

Hope you enjoyed that! I know I certainly did. I definitely plan on picking up an audiobook sometime myself. One more note is that in our recent buddy read, Andge listened via audiobook and I read through an e-book, and we noticed a couple of little differences in our experiences. Check it out here (at the very end) if you want to read about that!


8 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes a Good Audiobook?”

  1. I adore audiobooks and they’re actually over half of what I read nowadays! It’s just so much more convenient and I find that I can get through them a lot faster since I listen on my commute to work

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  2. I find it so interesting different peoples opinions on audiobooks – for example, I listened to These Violent Delights and found it to be one of the worst audiobooks I ever listened to (and I DNF-ed at 80%!), and I listen to a LOT of audio LOL but its all personal preference and I’m glad it exists so we can choose the medium we want to consume!

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    1. Hahaha, yup! There’s something for everyone! Did you end up reading These Violent Delights in book form? Because I did enjoy it! (But no experience myself with the audio-version…)

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      1. Since I had gotten so far into it, no, I didn’t end up going back to it. If I start an audiobook and don’t like the narrator and only get to like 10% I’ll still give the physical book a try, but this wasn’t worth going back to for me sadly ^^;

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