April 22nd, 2009

Audiobooks

I'm a huge fan of audiobooks - at all times I have a physical book to read on my nightstand and a different book I'm listening to on my iPod. Typically I listen to books while I work out or push the stroller so most often my audio choices tend to be light reading. I find the best narrated stories tend to be the funny/beach read variety.  There are a few exceptions to this,  I listened to both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns on audio and loved them, especially because I knew if I had just read them I would be mispronouncing everything in my mind.

And if a book is narrated well it adds so much to the story.  Off the top of my head, some of the best narrated books are all the Janet Evanovich books because the narrator does the characters so well. The Harry Potter books were narrated fabulously.  David Sedaris, I believe is even funnier on audio - probably because the author narrates the books and he is, well, hysterical.  I love Sophie Kinsella's books on audio - and I think the British accent of the narrators add to the stories.  Which brings me to my current dilemna. 

A friend suggested I read Marian Keyes - very light, very fast which is what I get in the mood for when the weather starts to warm and I'm listening to my books outside on a walk.  So I downloaded her newest book: The Other Side of the Story.  And I can tell it's a great read - fast, fun, comical.  BUT the narrator has such a thick Irish brogue (sp?) it's distracting.  I'm almost ready to give up on it.  Hmmm.... well, I think I'll give it one more listen today and see how it goes...