I “read” my first audiobook, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, last summer while waiting for the release of book 6 and had mixed feelings about the whole listening to books trend. I found myself spacing out and missing big chunks of chapters, or I would simply wander off around my apartment, then remembering ten minutes later that I was listening to a book and would come back to be completely lost!!! Needless to say, I gave up listening to books—until a couple of weeks ago.
My experience this time around has been totally different. Jim Dale is incredibly captivating and charismatic; his voices are magnificent and the narration is wonderful. I don’t need to be told who is speaking, and it’s very easy to tell who is who when there are multiple characters in one scene (there are over ten characters in most scenes!). It’s all so seamless and perfect. He’s truly a delight to listen to. It’s a whole new experience, like reading entirely new books, even when I’ve read and re-read all the novels in this collection obsessively over the past couple of years.
I think I have been spoiled for any other audiobook reader. *sigh* I got some Nora Roberts books read by Sandra Burr, and it has to be said: listening to this woman is as much fun as watching paint dry. Her voice is very monotonous; you can’t tell which character is which because everyone talks exactly the same! I can’t help but imagine her having awful sex with a 90-year-old impotent geyser while she’s reading these novels out loud—that’s how bored she sounds!
Something similar is happening with Bridget Jones’s Diary read by Tracie Bennett. Hard to say which of these two is worse—not that I’m going to sit around and waste more time pondering it LOL.
So I ask, am I doomed forever? Will I not be able to enjoy another audiobook after Jim Dale has ruined me for every other man, er, reader, I mean? Or will our wonderful readers come to my rescue with fabulous recommendations that I can actually sit down and listen to without gagging?