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#1 User is offline   Whisperzzzzzzz 

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Posted 03 May 2022 - 10:08 PM

I want to try out audiobooks, and was trying to find narrated versions of Cook's Garrett, P.I. books. Sadly, I don't think they exist.

In light of that, what other audiobooks do people recommend?
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Posted 04 May 2022 - 02:15 AM

I started Aaronovitch's Rivers of London.
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Posted 04 May 2022 - 05:54 AM

Good choice with Rivers of London! Here's my top 10 in no particular order. Not necessarily the best books I've ever read, but they worked well in audio format for me:
  • Gormenghast
  • Rivers of London
  • Hyperion Cantos
  • Riyria Revelations
  • Broken Earth
  • Discworld
  • Harlan Ellison's version of Wizard of Earthsea
  • Dresden Files
  • Red Rising
  • Powder Mage

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Posted 04 May 2022 - 08:27 AM

Audio books?

I cast "Summon Abyss".

*vast black hole appears*

Bugger.
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Posted 04 May 2022 - 11:22 AM

You should, and I cannot emphasise this enough, get both parts of the Sandman audiobooks. They're less novels and more towards a full dramatic adaptation but they are freaking unbelievable.

Do it now.
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Posted 04 May 2022 - 04:46 PM

View PostTsundoku, on 04 May 2022 - 08:27 AM, said:

Audio books?

I cast "Summon Abyss".

*vast black hole appears*

Bugger.


Sorry, sorry, that damn Dr Strange premiere had me rearranging all the subdimensions....

View PostTiste Simeon, on 04 May 2022 - 11:22 AM, said:

You should, and I cannot emphasize this enough, get both parts of the Sandman audiobooks. They're less novels and more towards a full dramatic adaptation but they are freaking unbelievable.

Do it now.


This is accurate. The Sandman books - there are two so far, more to come - are likely the bestiest earbook production of the last few years. Strictly speaking, these are full cast plus sound fx audioplay adaptations of graphic novels, not strictly earbooks where the book text is read by a narrator, but that's a detail, go buy them.


As a general rule, if it's a good book, it's a good audiobook. There are exceptions, but few that i've run into and usually the issue is the book, not the narrator or cast. Most narrators are pretty darn great, and looking back at my last few years where 85% of my reading is audiobook, i can only point to two where the 'ear' aspect actually ruined it for me, Annie Leckie's Ancilliary Justice, and Kevin Hearn's Iron Druid series, and even in the case of Hearn, i've ear'd many many other books with the same narrator and he's great, so i suspect that was a production issue more than anything (ie: someone required him to do an Irish Wolfhound voice like Odie from Garfield, and that all Jews come from NYC and all Asians have the same accent regardless of country of origin).

Three i trust without hesitation: Ray Porter (also he's Darkseid so shut up and do as he says), Kate Reading, and Michael Kramer (the latter two are also married and frequently work together). Not coincidentally, Porter does most of Peter Clines' books, all of which are fantastic in earbook, and Kate and Michael do all of Sanderson's books, but less high profile and worth your time and money, Victoria Schwab's DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC series.

RIVERS OF LONDON/PETER GRANT is a great series to ear, Kobna Holbrook-Smith has those characters absolutely nailed and when i read the comics i still hear his voices.

James Marsters absolutely nails the voices in DRESDEN which is weird to me because he's Spike from Buffy, but even so.

Most of https://www.graphicaudio.net/ 's catalog shows up on Audible sooner or later, but their series' sales and discounts are constaly revolving and typically equal less than the comparative cost of an Audible credit. Most of their books/productions the last few years are full cast + sound fx productions, unabridged from the books (ie just as a 'normal' earbook) but they add a lot of fun to the product. Their sales are perpetual so just ignore anything that seems stupidly priced for a week or two and it comes down... yeah i don't love that way of selling either but it's what they do. Their production of Belcher's GOLGOTHA series was glorious, and i've been very enjoying their versions of Blackmore's necromancer ERIC CARTER series.






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Posted 04 May 2022 - 06:07 PM

Sorry, James Marsters does Dresden?

I know there's like a million of them and I have them all on Kindle but dang if I'm not tempted to start that whole series again on Audible...
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Posted 05 May 2022 - 07:39 PM

View PostTiste Simeon, on 04 May 2022 - 06:07 PM, said:

Sorry, James Marsters does Dresden?

I know there's like a million of them and I have them all on Kindle but dang if I'm not tempted to start that whole series again on Audible...


Same same. He's a really good narrator too, once you overlook that he's faking the accent and hiding his teeth.






(... yes, yes, i know Marsters is an American actor and not in fact a British vampire.... probably....)
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Posted 07 May 2022 - 03:13 AM

I'd add The Lot Lands trilogy by Jonathan French and the John Dies at the End books to Abyss' list above.
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Posted 09 May 2022 - 01:40 PM

View PostJPK, on 07 May 2022 - 03:13 AM, said:

I'd add The Lot Lands trilogy by Jonathan French and the John Dies at the End books to Abyss' list above.


Seconded re Lot Lands, the narrators just nail the voices and povs.


JOHN DIES is good, i debate whether the humour works better in text vs narrative.
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Posted 12 May 2022 - 01:28 PM

I vaguely recall the forum was gushing about a certain World War Z edition. I believe it employs the voice acting chops of some heavy hitters. Is that a correct recollection by me? or am I thinking of something else?
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Posted 12 May 2022 - 03:25 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 12 May 2022 - 01:28 PM, said:

I vaguely recall the forum was gushing about a certain World War Z edition. I believe it employs the voice acting chops of some heavy hitters. Is that a correct recollection by me? or am I thinking of something else?

I loved the WWZ audiobook, it was a really well produced and acted version of a book I already loved.
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Posted 12 May 2022 - 05:42 PM

View PostTiste Simeon, on 12 May 2022 - 03:25 PM, said:

View PostMalankazooie, on 12 May 2022 - 01:28 PM, said:

I vaguely recall the forum was gushing about a certain World War Z edition. I believe it employs the voice acting chops of some heavy hitters. Is that a correct recollection by me? or am I thinking of something else?

I loved the WWZ audiobook, it was a really well produced and acted version of a book I already loved.


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