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Do good narrators make audiobooks great?
A while ago, I wrote about how a bad narrator can kill a good (audio)book, but today I’d like to discuss how a narrator can bring an audiobook to life and make it simply unforgettable.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I’ve been re-listening to the Fever series while I make the ridiculously long drive to my clinical site and/or clean the house and cook dinner. It’s no secret that I love the Fever series – Barrons in particular. While it’s true that Barrons is a selfish misogynistic bastard (in books 1&2 especially), there’s something about him that makes my girly bits tingle. It could be his dark, dangerous side. It could be his surprisingly gentle side (“You’re leaving me, Rainbow Girl.” – which, based on the Barrons POV sex scene that Karen Marie Moning posted, doesn’t actually show his softer side – but I’ll choose to believe what I want in this instance). Or maybe it’s the fact that Phil Gigante performs his voice in books 4&5.
I don’t care what Phil Gigante looks like (and please don’t show me because quite frankly, I don’t care), if he spoke to me in his Barrons, V’Lane, Ryodan, or Dreamy Eyed Guy voice, I’d marry him and have 15 million of his babies – despite the fact that I utterly loathe being pregnant… but that’s another matter for another blog entirely.
I was stuck at my clinical site, unable to listen to the audiobooks burning a hole in my pocket on my iPhone (which I’m not technically allowed to have on me at clinic), every thought I possessed belong to Barrons. I couldn’t plot out my next scene for NaNo (which I’m 4 days behind on). I couldn’t remember the positions or the technique for the xray practical exam I was supposed to do later on that afternoon. All I could think about was BARRONS.
As I was walking back to my rotation after lunch with my BFF, I was talking to her about the Fever series. She remarked that she didn’t really read that much (*gasp*) and I told her that she should try audiobooks – especially the Fever series.
The more I talked to her about it, the more I realized I was talking about Barrons’ voice. And that made me wonder – would I be as obsessed with him if not for Phil Gigante? I mean, I started liking Barrons towards the end of book 2 (when Joyce Bean was still narrating), but I didn’t really obsess over her Barrons the way I obsess over Phil’s Barrons.
I wonder if I had read the books instead of listening to them, would I feel the way that Katiebabs feels about him (loathe) or the way Bells does (love)?
Narrators can definitely make or break a book for me – How about you? And I think it’s kind of obvious that Phil Gigante is my favorite narrator (closely followed by Jim Frangione, who narrates the BDB books). Who’s your favorite narrator?