Well, in reading several other posts about how one goes about writing audiobook reviews (our Audiobook Week discussion topic of the day, as per Jen from Devourer of Books), I realized I’ve been committing a major faux pas.
I haven’t been mentioning the narrator by name.
And shame on me for neglecting to do so, because when it comes to audiobooks, the narrator is just as critical to the whole experience as the author. In many cases, a good narrator can really make or break the book.
I feel like I owe every audiobook narrator an apology.
Otherwise, I don’t think I approach writing reviews of audiobooks any differently than I do writing reviews of the print editions. I try to give a bit of what the story is about and my impressions of it. Because it’s an audio, I will mention that, usually in the subject line (“Book Review (Audio)”) and perhaps mention something about the narration itself. I will use a quote from the book in my review, simply because I’ve been trying to select audios that correspond with a) books that I have out from the library (so I can get to them more quickly) or b) books I have on my TBR shelves (so I can get to them more quickly).
So, I’m going to go back and fix my audiobook reviews to include the name of the narrator. (You can find them under the label Audio Book in my sidebar.)
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