The Voice Makes The Book

I’m nearing the end of my first finished audio book. Usher’s Passing written by Robert R. McCammon, read by Scott Aiello. There’s just under three hours to listen to, so I’ll probably finish it on Sunday, whilst washing and drying my laundry.

I’m enjoying the book so far. It does show it’s age a bit, it was written in the 1980s, but not annoyingly so. I did learn that the voice makes or breaks the story. In general I do like Scott Aiello’s reading. But his whining voice is annoying me. Many of the characters have been given a whining voice to one extend or another. And although mostly appropriate, in my opinion, it can get on my nerves a bit. At least each character has a fairly distinct “voice”.

It’ll be interesting to see how other voice actors handle this. For my next big book I’ve decided on Stephen King’s It. I did reread it for the I don’t know how manieth time last summer, but I’m in the mood for a comfort read (yes, It is a comfort read for me). It’s also over 40 hours long, so it should last me nearly if not a full month. It’s read by actor Stephen Weber, who, if I recall correctly, playet Jack Torrence in the TV adaptation of The Shining in the 1990. I did like this mini series, it follows the book better than Kubrick’s film.

After that I want to get the Sherlock Holmes stories of over 70 hours. That one’s read by Stephen Fry, I did start the first Harry Potter book several years ago, also read by Fry and I did enjoy his reading.

In about half a year I should have a good idea about what I like in a voice actor. I thought it would be very similar to listen to a fictional, serialized podcast. Like The Black Tapes, Tanis or BBC’s The Whisperer in Darkness. All of which I really enjoyed. But with those there is a cast of voice actors, whilst most audio books just have the one who reads the story and does voices. Also, with audio books there are no sound effects. With the fictional podcast series there are. Very much like the dramas on the radio. Some are more like the ones on the radio, where the sound effects are very obvious. Other podcasts, like the ones mentioned above are a bit more subtle. I like the latter, to may sound effects are distracting to me I have found.

Since I’m going to finish the audiobook on Sunday, most likely, I have to decide what to listen to until the 29th, when I get new credits at Audible. I still have several shorter Audible Exclusives, but those aren’t long enough to fill a week and a half of listening with.

I guess it will give me a chance to catch up on some of the podcasts I’ve been neglecting the last couple of weeks. I usually listen to podcasts in the morning, before work. But I’m working less, so there’s less time for me to listen to them. Also, I’m not really in the mood for true crime. I enjoy it once I start listening, but getting started is the problem. I don’t want to fall too far behind. I know there’s a chance of burning out on a podcast whilst trying to catch up. The you stop listening for a while and have to catch up again, repeating the cycle.

I’m also figuring out what I can do whilst listening to an audiobook or podcast. I find I can diamond paint, make jewelry or watercolour without missing things. I’ll try sketching next week. That might be more of a problem, since I’ll also need to concetrate on the tutorial or reference I’m using. I’ve discovered I’m not able to concentrate on the audio enough when I’m playing a game. Even if it’s something as easy as Animal Crossing. The exception being games as Mahjong, solitair, rumicub or scrabble.

What I do like about audiobook is that, like with a good podcast, it distracts me from real life. Which at this time is worth a lot to me, since it isn’t a good time to have an anxious personallity.

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