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Hi, remember this community exists, okay? :) That's my little reminder for you.

Just a book-related rant that I've talked about before in my regular journal:

I hate it when the audio book reader is poorly chosen. I don't understand it! They have one shot at recording the book in a way that will be enjoyable, and I'm sure there are tons of voice actors waiting for the chance, yet they choose someone so wrong for the part! As an avid audio book listener, I've heard my share of bad choices/voices.

Fortunately, I'm often able to eventually tune it out and still enjoy the book. I'm afraid that might not happen for my current book, though. The reader not only sounds all wrong, but she has this strange way of varying her volume between super quiet and normal-to-loud. So when I turn it up to hear the quiet parts, she's too loud at the other parts. It's not a faulty recording - it's on CD and I know it's working properly. Seriously, though, she'll say certain lines barely above a whisper, and it makes no sense! AAAHHHH!! I'm only on the first CD and I don't know if I can go on.

But to end this post on a more positive note, I have found the following audio book readers to be very good for the books they read:

Lisette Lecat from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. She is excellent and handles many accents and characters smoothly. She even has to say words in many languages, at times, as well as crazy last names over and over and over.

Ilyana Kadushin from the Twilight series. There's nothing necessarily unique about her voice, and that's probably why I like it. It doesn't bother me and it sounds like Bella should sound. I also heard Kadushin read a Meg Cabot book and I was able to slip easily into this other character's story. It wasn't thinking "It's Bella!" the whole time.

Jan Maxwell from many Mary Higgins Clark books of the past several years. I'm always relieved when Maxwell is used again for a MHC book because she has a nondescript and yet pleasant voice like Kadushin. She's great.

I need an audio book icon.
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[livejournal.com profile] eattheolives suggested we post to introduce ourselves, so here I am. While I enjoy reading, I am not known to *always* have a book in my hand, but no one would find it surprising or weird, either. A few reading facts:

1. Growing up I read a lot of books like Cam Jansen, Ramona Quimby books, Babysitters Club and that series with the twins who solve mysteries. They had titles like Marshmallow Masquerade. I also liked young adult books where the teenage girl finds love, etc. I guess I was a very typical chick. :) I have never read a Sweet Valley High book, for some reason.

2. In my 20s (I'm 31 now), my commute to work was mostly over an hour each way. I also took several long road trips. This is what got me started on audio books. I love audio books and consider them a fun treat while driving. Audio book pet peeves: readers who have an annoying voice, scratches or messed up tapes to ruin part of the book, no warning before the end of the CD, and once I even read an abridged book (I didn't realize) that had another voice for parts of it to tie sections together. It was ridiculous. :P

3. I can't read in the car or I'll get carsick. I can read in planes, though.

4. Aside from some of the Cam Jansen books that I read a bunch as a 3-5th grader, the book I've read the most times through is This Time of Darkness by H. M. Hoover. I obviously recommend it.

5. It wasn't until summer of 2004 when I was first introduced to the world of Christian fiction. For some reason I had only a passing knowledge that such books existed, and I assumed they were all very corny. Some are, but I've still managed to read a bunch over the past 4 years. Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] trozzort for introducing me. :) My first Christian fiction book? The Princess by Lori Wick. I liked it.

6. I really enjoy mysteries and am always interested in recommendations for suspense/mystery writers (Christian and non) who don't get too gory. I can't handle that.

A final note: if you can try and remember to tag your entries, I think that would be great! Especially when you're discussing a particular author. I'm terrible at this, though. :)
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Do you feel that listening to an audio book "counts" the same as reading the book? I feel that it does. Someone I know feels that it doesn't, but she's never listened to an audio book (despite my urgings), so I don't think her opinion is completely objective. If you have your own reasoning either way, I'd like to hear it. Or rather, read it. Ha ha.

I'd also like to make some recommendations. These are all books that I've listened to, and they're all very delightful. They're especially fun because they're Irish, so the audio book readers have Irish accents.

By Cecelia Ahern:
P.S. I Love You
If You Could See Me Now
Rosie Dunne (That's the American title. The Irish title is Love, Rosie.)

By Sharon Owens:
The Teahouse on Mulberry Street
The Ballroom on Magnolia Street
The Tavern on Maple Street

By Sarah-Kate Lynch:
Blessed are the Cheesemakers

Each of these authors has more books that I haven't read or listened to yet, but I'm looking forward to them.

By the way, I haven't seen the P.S. I Love You movie yet, and I don't know if I ever will. I'm already biased against it because the main character is supposed to be Irish, but in the movie she's American. (Why can't they just leave that kind of stuff alone?!) Supposedly, If You Could See Me Now is also in the works to become a movie, starring Hugh Jackman. And it might even be a musical. (Umm... I guess that could work out...)

If you've never listened to an audio book, I highly recommend trying one of these!


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