My dream is to one day have my own kick-ass audiobook.
There’s something about the medium of the audiobook that I’m utterly fascinated with. With the right interpretation, an audiobook takes on a life beyond the mere written page.
Of course, this also means that the results can sometimes be nothing short of disastrous, but when it works, it’s absolutely magical.
I actually prefer the audiobook of Gone Girl to the novel on the page. I’m a huge fan of David Fincher, and while I love the movie Gone Girl, in many ways the audiobook was superior. The voice actors were my first introduction to the characters, and the performances were so spot-on that I couldn’t imagine them any other way.
I think the reason I didn’t hate J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy like all my other friends is because I listened to it read by a British guy. It made all the difference. And while Philipp Meyer’s The Son isn’t a normal read for me, hearing three different actors (including Kate Mulgrew!) gave it a local color beyond what my imagination could have provided. I was switching back between the book and the audio, before I finally just went with the audio because it was so good.
I was at first wondering how well M/M would translate to audiobook. Could I listen to a hot sex scene, or would it sound corny once spoken aloud? Honestly, sometimes, it does sound corny, but Avril Ashton’s Love the Sinner made me a convert. And then, Jordan Castillo Price’s Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary practically knocked me over. Hearing that first sex scene was intense, and still one of the most memorable that I’ve ever read—because I listened to it. I’m telling you—it was hot. James Lear’s The Hardest Thing has one of the best performances of any audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Charles Carr does Dan Stagg in a way that made that character for me. What’s really crazy is that in the last two examples, one actor does two parts, and sounds like two completely different people. That’s an amazing talent.
So having my own audiobook is very exciting thought. How would someone else make the characters come alive? It’s something I really enjoy thinking about, because of the wonderful experiences I myself have had as a listener.