Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Audiobook Week: Reviewing Audio Books
Jen of Devourer of Books is hosting Audiobook Week. She has discussion topics for each day this week. And if you link to your posts on audio books, or your reviews of audio books you could win a prize.
Today's discussion topic is How To Write An Audio Book Review (Ideas: What do you include? How do you rate an audio if the narrator is good but the story isn’t (or the other way around). Do you let people know the book was an audio off the bat, or do you surprise them with it at the end, ‘trick’ them into reading the review?)
If I've just read the book and listened to the audio, then usually I'll review them together. I'll discuss the book as I would usually do, then I'll add my thoughts on the audio. As to what I include--I list the basics: the title of the book, author of the book, publisher of the audio, and length of the audio. I would then, of course, discuss the narrator and/or the adaptation if it is an abridged book. I share my reactions to listening to a book.
If it's been a while since I've read the book, then I'll write a review just for the audio. I'll just include a link to the original review, and write up something short that shares my thoughts on the audio book.
If I don't like a narrator, then chances are really good I'll just give up on the audio. Especially since I listen to audio books as a way to "reread" some of the books I've already read and enjoyed. For example, while I love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, the narrator just didn't work for me. So I gave up on listening to these.
© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews