- Apr 24, 2022
Oh my, an audiobook lives or dies by the narrator's ability. I have some books that I love to read, they're absolute favourites, and then I listened to a sample of the audiobook and thought that was the most disinteresting and disappointing thing I'd ever heard, thankfully I had read the book and not been first introduced to it through audiobook. I find that it can frequently (but not always) be the case that an author should not narrate their own book; I can't tell you how many self-narrated books I just couldn't tolerate. There are many. Stephen Fry, however, is a stellar exception to that rule, in my opinion, even if he is a bit of a pompous ass at times, he's an entertaining pompous ass.The narrator's voice and inflection is a huge factor.