August/September 2018

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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On the Blog: Solve— Mystery Favorites When Robin first approached me about taking over the Solve blog ( category/solve-mystery-favorites), I felt as if I had won the lottery. Here I was being offered the opportunity to listen to audiobooks in my favorite category, mysteries, and then to write about the audiobooks, the narrators, and the authors—and do it in more than the 125 words allowed for reviews. As my fellow bloggers have noted, the blog becomes a platform for what is happening in the bigger world and in the immediate world of the blog- ger. For me, my travel schedule this spring has meant long plane rides, the perfect place to listen to audiobooks. As I describe in my April 9 post, "Getting Ready for Take-Off," the flight to London in early April gave me the opportunity to listen to some of the Audie Award finalists: Sherlock Holmes, narrated by Stephen Fry (which won an Audie for Excellence in Production), and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, narrated by Simon Vance (which won for Best Mystery). Listening to engaging books made the 7-hour flight actually fly by. For my recent trip to Singapore (a total of 24 hours of flying time each way—yikes!), I loaded my MP3 player and my iPhone with the few mysteries I could find in audio that take place in 10 n AudioFile/ 10 n AudioFile/ Singapore (which I describe in my June 18 post: "Singapore on My Mind.") Some people (like my husband) pore through travel guides in preparation for a trip; I prefer to get a feel for a location through mysteries. And those experiences are some of what I share on my blog. The blog has also provided a platform to explore questions that intrigue me as an audiobook listener, an Audies judge, and as a fledgling mystery writer myself. For example, in the May 21 post, "Capturing the Vibe with the Right Accent," I examine the role that a nar- rator's use of accent has in conveying character, location, and the author's intention. For an audiobook to be suc- cessful, the listener has to want to have the narrator's voice in their ears for many hours. There has to be a delicate balance between the authenticity of the accent to the location and the ease of listening. A prime example of this for me is Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, which Lorelei King has masterfully narrated since Book 7. However, the best thing about writing this blog has been connect- ing with the creative, funny, brilliant audiobook community. At the end of May, I had the pleasure of attending the Audie Awards (see my post: "Fan Girl Goes to the Audies"). I actually had the chance to chat with Lorelei King live and in person and discuss how wonderful it would be if she could record the earlier books in the Stephanie Plum series. She said she would welcome the opportunity, so maybe someday it will happen. And if it does, I will get to blog about it! Mystery audiobook listeners are superfans. I invite my fellow mystery audiophiles to share their thoughts and suggestions on mystery audio- books by contributing their comments on the Solve blog.—Ellen Quint More on the Blog! Visit AudioFile's blog for more of Take 5 with Candace, Behind the Mic Videos, The Download, and Aurelia's Audio Adventures. 10 n AudioFile/

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