Posted by: Karen | March 9, 2014

THE BEST BOOK I EVER NARRATED GIVEAWAY!

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Audible members may have noticed that there’s a feature running on the Audible website at the moment:  THE BEST BOOK I EVER NARRATED.  Tons of Audible’s hard working narrators took time to record a short audio or video clip talking about books they’ve loved.  If you haven’t seen it, go check it out!  But before you go, be sure to enter my giveaway.

To be entered into this random drawing, just make a comment below and share what you think makes for a great audiobook.  The winner will receive his or her choice of any one of my audiobooks now available on Audible.  (For suggestions, be sure to check out my videos on pages 2, 3 &4 !)  If you don’t already follow my blog, you can enter twice by becoming a new follower – just fill in the info in the box to the right of this post.

Entrants must be 18+ years of age, and residents of the continental US only please.  Entries will be taken up until 5pm EST on Sunday, March 16.  The winner will be contacted by the email you use to leave your comment (but I don’t keep any contact info or share it in any way).  Good luck and thanks for listening!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  I loved all of your thoughtful comments!  Gaele is the randomly selected winner and she will be emailed her choice of my audiobooks as soon as I hear back from her.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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Responses

  1. I love audio – I want a narrator that doesn’t go over the top with their narration – slight changes in tone, pacing, pitch and accents are good – overdoing any of it is a death knell. Imparting an emotional component while not going over the top, also important. Flat affect, flat monotone reading, or too much to the other direction aren’t enhancing the book – they are overpowering it. Narrators who actually read with a smile in the fun parts, and you can feel their tension when the action is needing it are far more successful than those who are ‘acting’ the part.

    I’ve followed you via email for a while

  2. It has been my experience that women tend to be narrators as they have more range. A good narrator takes time to enunciate well. I have heard narrators mispronounce simple words. A great narrator in my opinion is Rosalyn Landor. She can do no wrong in my eyes. She makes me feel the character’s emotions by the inflection in her voice.

    another sign of a good narrator is understanding the character. Amanda Roncini seems to “get” Molly Harper’s characters, so their quirky and sarcastic manner comes out in her narration of the the books. The humor is well timed and it comes across well. My other example is Lauren Fortengang’s narration of the elemental assassin series by Jennifer Estep. I have read and listen to that series. It is very clear that the narrator “gets” Gin Blanco.

  3. a good audiobook is one that is engaging and believable. the narrator has to be able to switch between different roles and show range in emotion. thank you for sharing this awesome giveaway!

  4. I have an hour commute…audio books keep me entertained. A good one is filled with multiple voices that are acting out the story versus just reading it outloud. I have found myself sitting in my driveway on multiple occasions waiting for a good stopping point. Not to mention a well narrated romance novel can set the tone for the day.

  5. The narrator is very important part of the storytelling in an audiobook. When I don’t like the narrator it affects how I feel about the book. You Karen are a very good narrator.

  6. Have you ever been on a 13 hour road trip with 5 children? I’ve done that, and I’m here to tell you that audiobooks saved my family from the front page news. Okay, so something slightly less dramatic – but just as important – happened when we pushed “play”. The texting and eyerolling and “Are we there yet?” ceased. That’s magic.

    • Yes! We drove cross country (moving, so it wasn’t leisurely) and listening to Katherine Kellgren narrate The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series kept ME awake and my kids from boredom. Plus we had something to talk about when the scenery got boring.

  7. I think for me, the best audiobooks are when the narrator performs the book, not just read it. I will literally stalk a narrator when I feel the story they have told me.

  8. I most enjoy narration that is good story telling- no matter what the story.

  9. I like when a narrator can bring the characters to life by infusing their voice with emotion.

  10. Hi Karen!

    New follower here! Honestly, I could talk audiobooks ALL day but here is just 2 cents of my opinion on the topic:

    I’m a sucker for a great romance novel! In my opinion, a great audiobook will cause me to laugh out loud, cry, swoon, and be turned-on in one sitting. A very skilled narrator and an awesome story line are crucial! I usually go for the intensely emotional and angsty audiobooks so I love when the narrator is able to channel the emotions and demeanors of all the characters and express them to effectively represent each person. Also, I hate cheesy and cliché lines in a story unless it’s part of a joke. Otherwise, the narrator usually sounds cheesy saying them and I end up rolling my eyes a lot. If an audiobook has all of my key components for a great listen I will walk around all day with my bluetooth headphones glued to my ears. I’m talking work, car rides, gym, daycare pick up, mommy duties at home, shower, and then to bed with the sleep timer on. My TV won’t get turned on at all because I will not stop listening until the end of the book! This behavior tends to make listening to the awesome books in public a bit awkward but I wouldn’t have it any other way lol.

    • Love your response! You are the kind of listener we hope for in our dreams. And thanks for the new follow – you’ll get an extra chance to win.

  11. Love your work Karen! I think a great narrator is able to express the emotions of the story with their voice.

    • Thanks, Christine. Going on the emotional journey is one of my favorite things about this work. And thanks for the new follow, which gives you an extra chance to win.

  12. A good narrator can bring multiple characters to life by slight changes in their tone and inflection. It’s like the reader can see different faces, different body types. It can be so amazing. Thank you for asking.


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