My Books

Audiobook Day

For those who’ve been waiting for the audio version of Enchanted Ever After, it should be available today. Once they got all the contract stuff ironed out, they moved pretty quickly. It’s the same narrator as in the other books. I love what I’ve heard of what she does with them, though I have to confess that I haven’t listened to much because hearing my words spoken by someone else kind of wigs me out. It’s really weird and unsettling.

Then again, I’m not big on audiobooks, in general. I have a hard time staying focused on people talking when I can’t see them, and it takes a really good speaker for me to stay tuned in to someone reading something even if I can see them. I also don’t listen to podcasts or talk radio. I can deal with audio dramas with a cast, but just someone reading a book will go in one ear and out the other, and I won’t register the words at all. I can just barely manage to take in the information from a radio weather or traffic report.

This is highly ironic for someone who trained in radio news and used to produce radio feature stories.

I’m not sure how I’d react to seeing a film or TV version of one of my books. I suspect it would be a bit weird because the people playing the characters wouldn’t be precisely the way I pictured them, even if the casting is just about perfect. But for film or TV, they’d rewrite it pretty thoroughly. It wouldn’t be exactly my words being read, and it would be translated to a totally different medium with different visuals.

I am willing to test my reaction, however, if someone who knows what they’re doing wants to give it a shot.

Anyway, new audiobook today, hooray!

2 Responses to “Audiobook Day”

  1. Renske

    Staying focussed with audio things is also my issue, the best thing for me is to do logic puzzles at the same time, like sudokus or such. I listened to a few podcasts in this way recently, but this will not help everyone.
    I will try this also with your new Audible book, once the currently very busy time at my work is done. After work, I’m to tired now so that wouldn’t help my focus.

    • Shanna Swendson

      If I did puzzles while listening, I would probably end up tuning out what I was listening to. I can sometimes manage to listen to an audio drama while knitting, but usually it requires headphones and sitting in a dark room.

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