Tuesday, February 12, 2008

books on tape/cd

It's free for all Tuesday right?

Anyway, I listened to my first book on cd on my way to Roseburg this past weekend. While it did give me something to think about other than the road conditions (which turned out to be awesome) I had an eww factor. It was a romance and I just couldn't dig the hero as much as I should have been when he sounded like a woman wanting to be a man. LOL The narrator was female and she would give each character a different voice, but man, the one she gave the hero... it turned me off every time he spoke and it was a good thing he was the silent brooding type! LOL

The other thing I noticed- there were huge hunks of internal thought. That became boring to me. I'm tempted to get the book to see if it is as boring reading it as it was listening to it.

What are your thoughts on books on tape/cd?

13 comments:

Lori Barber said...

Paty, great post. I've listened to books in the car too but I find it much harder to keep my brain centered on them. It tends to wonder more than when I'm reading a book. LOL

If I don't care for the readers voice I find it harder to believe in the characters and fall in love with them. A woman's thin voice doesn't cut it when the hero is a big fellow.

Years ago I read and taped the first 22 chapters of my first book for me best friend. It was a great experience. You really get to see your book under a different light. And any tongue twisters pop out at you. It's also an adventure to hear your own voice chattering away. Since my friend lived far away she loved hearing my voice reading what I'd written. It gave her an opportunity to feel a closer connection with me.

There were challenges in the process. I'd stumble over my own words and have to stop, rewind and record it again. A drop in pitch and tone to create a male voice can make you feel silly even if you're sitting by yourself. It's hard not to giggle when you're trying to throw your voice into a deep, rugged tone and spew your male dialog from the back of your throat. If you had a character with a lisp wouldn't that be a hoot to mimic!

For me, I prefer to read my books. I can read at my own pace, pause in thought for a moment, if I want, and imagine the tone of their voices.

My oldest son loved to listen to books on tapes when he had an hour commute to work. I think there's a real need for this market and it does allows you to listen to the story while you're doing other tasks.

Lori Barber said...

Paty, great post. I've listened to books in the car too but I find it much harder to keep my brain centered on them. It tends to wonder more than when I'm reading a book. LOL

If I don't care for the readers voice I find it harder to believe in the characters and fall in love with them. A woman's thin voice doesn't cut it when the hero is a big fellow.

Years ago I read and taped the first 22 chapters of my first book for me best friend. It was a great experience. You really get to see your book under a different light. And any tongue twisters pop out at you. It's also an adventure to hear your own voice chattering away. Since my friend lived far away she loved hearing my voice reading what I'd written. It gave her an opportunity to feel a closer connection with me.

There were challenges in the process. I'd stumble over my own words and have to stop, rewind and record it again. A drop in pitch and tone to create a male voice can make you feel silly even if you're sitting by yourself. It's hard not to giggle when you're trying to throw your voice into a deep, rugged tone and spew your male dialog from the back of your throat. If you had a character with a lisp wouldn't that be a hoot to mimic!

For me, I prefer to read my books. I can read at my own pace, pause in thought for a moment, if I want, and imagine the tone of their voices.

My oldest son loved to listen to books on tapes when he had an hour commute to work. I think there's a real need for this market and it does allows you to listen to the story while you're doing other tasks.

Paty Jager said...

LOL, Geez Lori, it wasn't that great that you had to post twice! LOL

Thanks for your thoughts!

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty, I love books on tape providing the reader is gifted and the material is unabridged.

Years ago, I heard an author read his own book. He wasn't the best mimic, etc., but his books -- mysteries -- take place in New Mexico. I cannot recall his name but he's a huge author, the creator of Joe Leaphorn and others .... drat! Anyway, hearing him read that book was wonderful and whenever I would read another of his books, I would "hear" his voice and that was fun.

I listen mainly to mysteries and the readers all tend to be gender specific to the main character (which I guess is why your romance was read by a woman.) I've listened to Sue Grafton's book and they're good, at least the one I recall, B is for Burglar.

Lori, how neat that you recorded a book for your friend.

Thanks for jumping in on a Tuesday, Paty!

Paty Jager said...

Alice,
Tony Hillerman writes the Joe Leaphorn books. I've read a couple and like them. I can imagine it would be great to hear him read one of his books.

Maybe that's what I should do listen to mysteries rather than romance.

Thanks for the input, Alice!

Danita Cahill said...

If I'm in the right mood, books on tape can be just the ticket.

I used to pick them up at the used bookstore and pop them while I was doing the dishes. (My last house had no dishwasher -- correction, I WAS the dishwasher. Ha!)

I've listened to Nora Roberts books and Janet Evanovich's. They're generally condensed, and that's the only part that bothered me.

I've only listened to one in the car on a long trip. It was Sounder, for kids. It has such a sad ending, which I'd sort of forgotten since reading the book years before. It was a bit of a let down, but not because it wasn't a well-written or well-narrated story, but only for the sadness factor.

Interesting topic, Paty!

Danita Cahill said...

Lori, I've done that too -- recorded my own story on my handheld reporter's tape recorder. But only the first three chapters or so -- those tiny tapes don't hold too much.

It's a little nerve wracking, reading your own book and trying to do the character's voices, isn't it? I only did it for myself to hear it out loud and catch errors. It worked pretty well for that. I let only my daughter listen to it.

Paty Jager said...

I'm kicking myself for passing up a JD Robb and Tony Hillerman book and picking the one I did which was a mainstream romance.

I feel like I need to be more up on romance, so I read, and in this case, listen to romance, when I think I'd enjoy the mystery/suspense books just as much and might open up another facet in my little pea brain.

Thanks for your comments, Danita. Sounder- that was a sad book.

Karen Duvall said...

I used to be an audio bookaholic when I had an hour commute to and from work. I listened to a book a week. My favorites were Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, and any book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. That's how I first "read" Nobody's Baby But Mine. Danita, the Steph Plum books do full length unabridged, and the narrator is a riot!

One of my favorite features of audio books is that they often have an interview with the author at the end. There was one of the Steph Plum books I listened to with JE's interview at the end, and they brought in the narrator to pretend to be all the characters who they interacted with the author. It was so fun! I listened to it twice. 8^)

Steven King sometimes narrates his own audio books and he's great to listen to. He has such a distinctive voice.

I listened to all the Harry Potter books on CD, mostly on trip across four states when we moved here. The performance of the narrator is exquisite. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend listening these books.

Read or listen, both works great for me. Our Blockbuster Video store rents out audio books. You can check them out at the library, too, but I've found that those are often damaged so I stick to Blockbuster now. Though I don't rent them hardly ever anymore unless I take a road trip.

Danita Cahill said...

Maybe I'll look into the Stephanie plum books on Cd, Karen. They sound great. The JE books I listened to were her older romances.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Odd woman out.

I've never listened to a book on tape. I'm a fast reader and I tend to get irritated when others read to me because it's slower than my own reading. That said, whenever I'm in the car, I also have the Gremlins with me, and they're always begging for music.

Danita Cahill said...

Yeah, when I do the dishes now -- read load them into the dishwasher -- I sometimes listen to music. Usually the TV is blaring in the background though, and the rugrat is racing around jabbering, so even music doesn't always make it into the portable CD player on the kitchen counter, let alone books on tape anymore. Having little kids again, changes life, again.

Lisa Pulliam said...

Great topic! I've only listened to a few books on tape. They've either been books about LBJ or Reagan, or abridjed versions of the Silence of the Lamb series. It was hard to listen to that series because a different person did voice for each book. You got used to hearing the characters one way only to have it switch. One of the books was read by the author, I actually liked that one the best. He didn't necessarily have the best voice of them all, but I felt like the characters were being portrayed as they should.

I've never listened to a romance on tape, but now that you bring it up - it would be hard to hear a woman play the hero's voice. Ugh.