Hi y’all! Today’s Blogger Confession has to do with switching formats when reading/listening a series.
Specifically for me: when starting a series in audiobook and switching to print at some point.
NOTE: There have been many times when I have switched from print to audio or did both! Lately though there have been a few series that I started on audio but switched permanently to print. This is so odd for me since I have way less time to sit down with a book than listen to one. So switching may mean that the series goes on the back burner until I can fit it in. It is not something I do lightly.
Here are the reasons that I will drop a series in audiobook format:
- Switching of narrators (that I like) in the middle of the series. There have only been rare occurrences where I have stuck with a series in audiobook form after a narrator shift. Most of those were because I was either lukewarm or didn’t like the original narrator. Only twice have I stuck it out from a narrator I adored to a new narrator. Both of those cases were because I knew and liked the new narrator taking over.
- The narrator never grows on me. I always give the series at least 2 books for the narration to grow on me but after that I will give up. Sometimes the narration just doesn’t fit the story in my head.
- The series that has a new couple every book but the narrator sounds like he/she is reading with the same voices for all the couples (or only slight variations). The slight variations will work for a couple of books but by book 4 or 5 I will drop it if they sound the same.
- If the narrator sounds bored! This has only happened twice but I swear by book 5 the narrator sounded bored with the series.
- I am iffy about whether to continue a series and my library only has the print/ebook available. Lately I have had a bit of bad run on long running series that I used to adore. Some I have to buy because my folks are on my kindle/audible account. They read the series so I end up with all of them. For those they don’t read though, I have started turning to my library. I love my libraries (belong to 3) but the audiobook selection is not quite as vast as I would like. Oh the mystery section is awesome but the romance section needs a lot of work.
Here are some examples of series that I initially liked the narration but it no longer works for me:
- The Accidental Series by Dakota Cassidy: My initial thought on the narrator was “meh” but by book 2 I was enjoying her narration! Then on book 6 her voices for the men really started to get on my nerves. Because I received books 6, 7, and 8 for review I listened to a little bit of each one. The voices in 7 and 8 were so nails on a chalkboard for me that I had to turn them off. I am now going to read those because I think I have the narration out of my head.
- The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (though now it is James again): When James didn’t narrate books, I didn’t listen to them. Have to admit I didn’t read them either. I tried but it wasn’t the same for me.
- Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritsen: This is one of those series that had to change narrators because of a death. It is also one that I now listen to on audio but it went through 3 or 4 narrators before finding one that worked. I listen begrudgingly to the ones in the middle if my library doesn’t have them during a reread.
Series that have switched narrators mid-stream and it didn’t bother me:
- Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich: I know it is hard to remember that Lorelie King didn’t narrate all of them. CJ Critt did the first couple of books and did a pretty good job. LK picked up and now she is the voice of Stephanie in my head.
- Black Knights series by Julie Ann Walker: I was just “meh” about the original narrator but Angela Dawe is the newest one. I really like her so it worked for me. Also there were a couple of books that never were in audiobook form. I have to admit I hope they get recorded at some point.
- The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning: Got better after the narrator switch. I won’t even listen to the first 3 any more (though she didn’t bug me initially) because I would miss Phil as the guys!
- The Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon: What can I say? She has like 6 different narrators for the series and I seriously love 4 of them (Fred, Holter, Scott, and William). I pretty much will listen if one of those 4 narrates the story.
There are tons of series that I have switched to audio after starting in print. Evidently, I don’t have a problem sitting aside what I think a voice should be if the narration is good.
What about you? Have you found that sometimes the audio format no longer works for you for a particular series? Do you mourn a narrator switch?