Audio books – What do you think about them?

Audio books have already become a popular phenomenon, but only recently the first M/M publisher has begun to publish M/M audio books. This seems to be the right time to ask what you as the reader think about them.

Do you read audio books?

  • Yes, love them! (22%, 21 Votes)
  • I did try them, but I prefer to read paper books. (32%, 30 Votes)
  • I haven't tried yet, but I'm curious. (14%, 13 Votes)
  • I don't care about them. (33%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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Do you read audio books excusively?

  • Yes! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Not exclusively, but every time I need my hands free. (29%, 24 Votes)
  • No, I read them very seldom. (71%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

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Do you prefer them over print and ebooks?

  • Yes, I prefer them whenever an audio book version is available. (4%, 3 Votes)
  • It depends on the situation I would like to read the book. (50%, 38 Votes)
  • I don't care. (47%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

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Would you like to see more publishers offer this format?

  • Yes, definitely! (39%, 34 Votes)
  • No, everything's good as it is. (26%, 23 Votes)
  • I don't care. (34%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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Author

My name is Christian Otto and I’m a thirtyish guy from Germany.
My friends often tell me that I tend to contradict myself or that I have a diverse personality. You see, I like drinking coffee as much as I enjoy a good cup of tea. Among my favorite musicians is Barbra Streisand as well as Björk. I love playing computer games and World of Warcraft in particular. It’s easy for me to spend hours in the game with my Gnome Magician or my Undead Priest and fight for right and honor. ^^ At the same time I love to do sports and to live a healthy lifestyle. So imagine me sitting at my computer playing WoW while eating fruits and drinking water. *lol*

If I had to list the things that are important in my life or which I love to do, those would be family, friends, reading, books, sports, computers, computer games, gadgets, nature and men. No particular order here! *g*

I’ve always been an avid reader. I discovered my love for m/m books and later gay comics in 2007. In 2008 I also started posting book reviews on different sites and became a reviewer for Rainbow Reviews and one year later for Reviews by Jessewave. Lately my reading spree has slowed a little bit but I continue to be the webmaster of Reviews by Jessewave. :)

20 comments

  • The evolution and use of audiobooks in Germany closely parallels that of the US. A special example of its use is the West German Audio Book Library for the Blind, founded in 1955. Actors from the municipal theater in Münster recorded the first audio books for the visually impaired in an improvised studio lined with egg cartons. .–;

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  • I’m very visual. I need to see the words to get into the story and follow along. With audio books I too often find that my mind has totally wandered off-track and I am continually restarting the book or chapter.

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  • I listen to non-fiction books on my iPod all the time, especially at the gym. I’d be interested in trying a m/m title in audio (if the narrator’s voice is pleasant).

    Which publishers are releasing audio m/m books?

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  • I can’t imagine existing e-book publishers considering adding a format like this. It’s one thing to edit and release books each and every week in various e-formats and (sometimes) paperback (already dozens of hours of work on top of editing and cover art and website upkeep) but to hire voice actors, find a recording studio and schedule recording dates, etc. etc. etc. and dish out even more money on a format that has a relatively limited appeal would be the death knell of the publishers who attempt it, especially since many e-pubs are barely breaking even. I certainly couldn’t imagine any publisher offering audio for every single book they release, and then it would be a crap shoot when releasing a few audio books to see if they would even earn back the overhead costs.

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  • I wanted to try and I did… and experiment lasted for about 10 minutes. I just can’t concentrate enough to follow. I can listen to poetry, I suppose, but when it comes to the novels I really need to sink into the written word to enjoy the book. That said, I know that there are many people who enjoy audio books and they should exist. Like someone said, it’s good to have a choice.

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  • The only times I listened to audio books is when the book is read by the author himself or by an actor I know and like.
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    I’m with the others who say that erotica in audio book is not really for me. You would have to have an incredible voice to change my mind for that.

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  • I do sometimes listen to audio books and some have been really good, but as Kady said, I am particular about the voice of the reader. That usually makes it or ruins it for me. On more than one occasion I have stopped listening because the reader was so bad that my ears hurt!

    Also I have to be in situation where I am doing something else i.e. driving or walking – they’re great for commuting to work. I can’t just listen to an audio book sitting on the sofa. It would put me to sleep.

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  • I have tried a few because I like the concept. And there was 1 I really liked. Pride & Prejudice read by a British theatre actress. That was almost like watching the ’95 tv series. But otherwise. I can read much faster as those people on cd.

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  • I’ve listened to quite a few free ones from Podiobooks, where they come as podcasts a chapter or a couple of chapters at a time. Some writers upload the whole thing at once, some a week apart, so if you’re listening when it first comes out it’s a combination of frustrating and delicious anticipation.
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    They’re an odd thing. Sometimes the blurb and the reviews of the book really appeal to me and listening to the first chapter it sounds well written, but if the voice isn’t right, I won’t be able to listen. That’s never going to happen with a print book.
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    An odd effect is if you listen to a load of chapters in a very short time then for a few days everything you read is in the voice of that narrator. That can be quite strange to say the least.
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    I agree with Kassa that an erotic book narrated aloud could be a different kettle of fish than a non erotic one. Even with the not very explicit love scenes in the audiobooks I’ve listened to I can start to squirm a bit in a way I wouldn’t if I was reading it as text. Maybe because as text I’m hearing two different voices in my head for the two people gettin’ it on. If one person is narrating that, there’s only one voice and it all starts getting a bit, well, mastabatory! 😀
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    You do sometimes get ones where they have a couple of performers to do the voices, especially for male and female voices. But personally I don’t like that much either. It makes it neither fish nor fowl that way, sort of partway between audio book and audio drama and doesn’t quite work as either.
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    I find that stories that have been written specifically with audio/podcasting in mind will usually be better than one that wasn’t. Audio and text are different delivery mediums with their own strengths and drawbacks. And one thing the writer has to be really good at is dialogue! If it’s bad then it will make me stop listening faster than it would have made me stop reading in a book.

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