Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
Are audiobooks considered reading?
I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that they are! My reasoning is simple. When you read a book, you use your eyes to transfer information from the page to your brain. When you listen to an audiobook, all that happens is that you use your ears instead. The information is still transferred from the page to your brain, it’s only the method that’s different.
If you think about it, when you read a bedtime (or at any other time) story to your children; or swapped ghost stories around a campfire, you were in fact producing an audiobook. OK, so it wasn’t mp3, with rumble filtering and couldn’t be set on repeat. Mind you, after three daughters there were several stories I could read without the book, so I guess they were stored on the hard-drive in my head. Like the campfire tales.
The point that I’m making is that we have always told each other stories, for pleasure, education and entertainment. Audiobooks are merely a modern version, for the digital age.
There’s another reason.
I’m in the process of getting three of my novels produced as audiobooks. Along with one that was done a couple of years ago, they are the starters for my most popular series, plus one of my stand-alone novels.
As far as I can see, any exposure is good, if people have the option of listening to my work while they are driving or exercising or whatever, it all means that the reach of my work (and my potential audience) is increasing.
Apparently, audiobooks are going to be big this year, it would be nice to be a part of that.
As well as the convenience of listening while you are doing something else, there are so many other reasons why people may be unable to access the written word, in printed books or even digitally. Audiobooks are a valuable way of telling stories, of passing information.
Talking about my own audiobooks for a moment,
Getting the right person to narrate is important, I spent lots of time auditioning to ensure that the person reading the story liked it and read it in the way I visualised it.
Listening to the narration as I receive chapters for proofing, several things stand out.
First, I can’t remember writing a lot of it, which is strange.
Second, listening to it seems so much more exciting than reading it, especially as the narrators vary their tone to impart emotion and alter their voice for each of the players.
Lastly, I find it very hard to believe that I actually wrote what I’m hearing.
I guess you could say that having a narrator reading the story (by the way they create tension and describe things) might influence how the listener will see the location and action in their mind. Sort of taking away their minds-eye view and replacing it with the narrators.
That’s a valid point,
personally, I check to make sure that the narration follows how I saw it when I wrote it, and as far as possible keeping the emotions I wanted to create.
Time will tell if I’ve got it right.
It’s also true that; in a world where we’re used to letting the media that we watch create the world with no input from us, listening to a book may feel more comfortable to some than reading it.
I already have the Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol on audiobook.
That will be followed by Ribbonworld and Life and Other Dreams at the end of March.
Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café will be done by the end of April,
then depending on sales, I will have a look at the rest of my portfolio. If things go well, I will try to get the same narrators to do the series.
I’ve just received an audio sample of my psychological thriller Life and Other Dreams from my narrator, if you’re interested, you can listen to it HERE and see what you think (opens in a new window).
What do you think about this week’s topic, are you a fan, do you consider that listening to audiobooks is the same as reading them?
Let me know in the comments, then check out the rest of the great blogs on this hop.
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