I am a fast reader. My husband even charmingly refers to me as a ‘freak’ when he tunes in to how many pages I’ve read in the last however long it’s been. So for me, the thought of having to listen to someone read a book to me for six or eight hours when it would actually only take me two or so hours to read it myself? It sounded like torture. Also, I was afraid my attention would wander while the narrator was talking and I would miss something important. But I was lured in by the argument that I could actually get more reading done if I listened to an audiobook while I cleaned or cooked. Then I wouldn’t have to take time away from regular reading with a forever long audiobook. So I tried it and I loved it. And my house was cleaner because I wanted to finish my chapter/section before pausing–which takes much longer in audio form, let me tell you.
Possibly my transition to audiobook lover was so easy because I lucked out and got books with excellent narrators this time around. I listened to Soulless (a reread for me) first and adored it. And then came the In Death series. Wow. Just wow. I later tried reading one of the books in paper after having already listened to some of them in audio and just couldn’t do it. The narrator made that series for me. She made the characters come alive in a way that I sorely missed when trying to read them on my own. Each character had such a personality in just their voice alone. Eve…McNab…Roarke…Mavis…and let’s not forget Peabody. You can hear the earnestness and idealism poring off her in waves from just her voice alone. That is skill.So. That leads to my rant. Why the hell did the awesome, awesome character voices CHANGE? I listened to book 12, Betrayal In Death, and was horrified to hear that Peabody sounded like a completely different person. She sounded like a carbon copy of Eve and completely lacking in any kind of personality. Don’t get me wrong, I know that the fact that Peabody played more of a background role in that entry added to the impression that she had no personality, but the voice change was the biggest factor. I just don’t understand why you would do that! I’ve grown attached! I didn’t ask to be an audiobook fan, did I? No, I didn’t! This stupid series lured me in with its awesome narration and made me an audiobook fan. And now you want to jerk me around? Hell no!
I got my hopes up with book 12.5, Interlude In Death, because the voices were back to normal. I breathed a serious sigh of relief and comforted myself with the fact that the narrator must have been trying something different in book 12 and decided to go back to normal. But then I start listening to book 13, Seduction In Death, and the voices are WRONG again. *cries* Now McNab’s voice is different too. Why???????
Who has experienced this before? Have you been in the middle of an audiobook series and been shocked to have voices change on you? Did you grow to like it in the end? Comfort me, please, and tell me I’ll eventually get used to this. (Even if you have to lie!)