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Discuss the essentials of audiobook reviewing. What do you make sure to include? What do you want to see when you read other people’s reviews?

The most essential part of any audiobook review is of the overall auditory experience. This is the first thing I read when reading others’ audiobook reviews, and it is the first thing I write when writing my own reviews. Were any sound effects included? Did they detract or enhance the story? How was the narrator? Was his or her voice age-appropriate or character-appropriate? Did s/he use different inflections to differentiate between the various characters? Was that effective? Would you listen to the narrator again? Was the editing seamless or glitchy? Did you find it difficult or anxious to continue listening? An audiobook is more than just the words written on a page, and a good review will explore these differences. A narrator or poor editing can ruin the most exquisite story, so I feel it is important to share your experiences. While everyone’s tolerance for mouth sounds or poor editing will be different, at least your own opinions will give readers a better idea of what to expect.

What are your thoughts on audiobook reviewing? What are your must-haves?

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