Let’s Talk Bookish: The Makings of a Great Audiobook

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today’s topic is The Makings of a Great Audiobook.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what makes a good audiobook? Is it the narrators or does it depend on the genre?

Yes, I do listen to audiobooks now and again, though I do tend to prefer a written format most of the time. Audiobooks are great for the long daily commutes to work, while taking a walk, or to listen to side by side while completing some chores, when it’s not always possible to have a book on hand.

The narrator is definitely a huge part of what makes a good audiobook. Even the best story can seem dull if the narrator is not able to read it expressively with just the right level of emotion and not monotonously. The voice of the narrator is not too important for me as long as it’s not too deep or too shrill – unless of course, the character calls for it and the same goes for heavier accents. The pace the narrator chooses is another major factor. Finally, I think that audiobooks sound much better if the narrator has some familiarity with the story, which is why the best ones are those narrated by the author themselves!

Some genres do work much better than others in an audio format, for example mysteries and thrillers are excellent, as are fast paced fantasy novels as these can be brought to life very well and in a dramatic manner. The slower fantasy novels with heavier world building and plot, contemporary and science fiction genres on the other hand, are much better if read for the most part in my experience. In general, I’ve found that these require more focus on the part of the reader so it’s nicer to have a physical book to pause, ponder and reread when needed.

What are some of your recommendations for amazing audiobooks? If you don’t listen to audiobooks, why not, and do you ever plan on doing so?

Most of the time, I choose an audiobook format for books I’m rereading because I find it harder to focus on listening as opposed to reading. However, the first ever audiobook I listened to was Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief in school way back in the 7th grade. I hadn’t heard of the series at the time, but the minute we finished listening to the first book, I went straight to the library and checked out the rest of the books that were out. Percy Jackson, all three series, are as delightful to listen to as they are to read.

Other audiobooks I particularly enjoyed were The Wrath and the Dawn, Warcross and Red, White & Royal Blue.

What do you think makes a great audiobook? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: The Makings of a Great Audiobook

  1. Jodie | That Happy Reader April 1, 2022 / 3:06 pm

    I am a huge fan of audiobooks and they are my preferred format! The audiobooks that use multiple actors are particularly entertaining. What a fun post!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) April 3, 2022 / 11:03 am

      I’ve heard of those audiobooks, but haven’t managed to find one for any of the books on my TBR yet. Hoping to try one of them soon though, they sound really fun! Thanks for reading!


  2. Lotus @ Pages of Starlight April 1, 2022 / 4:14 pm

    I usually choose books that don’t seem too complex to listen to, so I can easily follow along. Ones with detailed worlds or lots of information thrown at you are harder and I prefer physically reading them.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) April 3, 2022 / 11:05 am

      Completely agree with this! I rarely give 100% of my attention to the story when I’m listening to an audiobook so it does need to be the type of story that I can follow even if I miss a few lines here and there. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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