Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.
Finished Last Week:
Did Not Finished:
We have yet another strike-out on audio. I’m beginning to lose track of how many this is and lose hope that I will find a stellar audiobook ever again. Most of them lately were just meh. The problem with this one is not the story. It is actually fairly interesting, albeit trite. The problem is with the narrator. Exactly one-third of the way into the audio, there are mouth sounds – the kind where the mouth is either too wet or too dry and you can hear the gums flapping and moving as one speaks. Ugh. That is an immediate delete for me. I even gave her a few minutes to see if it was just an editing flub and ended quickly. I have no idea if it did end because I turned off the book and went home and deleted it from my iTunes library. This was for a review, so I do feel somewhat guilty about dumping it like I did. Then again, mouth sounds. There are some things you just do not want to hear through ear buds.
Mouth sounds…ack! I can’t tolerate that in real life, there is no way I’d listen to it on purpose 😉
I have Mrs. Poe sitting on one of my piles too, very curious about it.
Right? I liken it to someone smacking their gum in your ear or hearing someone chew a crunchy potato chip really slowly. Agonizing!
I hear you about the audiobooks. I had to start and stop many before deciding that I will only listen to nonfiction on audio – I guess because there is usually less voice transformations in those.
That’s a great point. I like nonfiction, but since I listen to most of my audios while commuting (and therefore still sleepy) or while working (and seeking distraction from mindless tasks), I do prefer a good story to keep my interest. Finding the right balance between author and story is always tricky.
Mouth sounds!! Unpleasant to experience but hilarious to read about!!
LOL! They are rather funny to discuss and sound like they shouldn’t be such a big deal. They are though. It’s like having someone smack their gum in your ear. Yuck.
I have More Than This, and I cannot get into it. WHINE.
Boo!! I enjoyed it and even considered recommending it for Bloggers Recommend. I decided against it because it feels a bit repetitive for him – similar themes, similar characters. It was a good book but just not at the same level as A Monster Calls.
There were several books that looked really intriguing. I’ll have to check them out. And I can totally appreciate the turn-off of mouth sounds…kind of gross and very distracting from the story.
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Exactly. You want to enjoy a narration, not be constantly distracted by hearing clicking and sucking sounds.
I started one recently where the narrator’s voice echoed – that was a first for me! Quit it after about two minutes. My favorite narrator is Jim Dale, he did all the Harry Potter books, and I’m about to check out another of his, The Emerald Atlas.
Echoes? That’s different. And yes, it would drive me insane too. I don’t blame you for quitting that one either.
I am listening to my first audiobook, Hot Wire by Alex Kava, and I was distracted by the narrator attempting a middle aged Southern man’s accent and sounding like something from a cartoon. I guess I will not only have to concentrate on the title, but also the narrator on audios. Hope you enjoy your week.
Ah, bad accents are difficult to overcome. Narrators are very important when selecting an audiobook. With some time, you’ll figure out what you like and what you don’t like. Good luck!
Looks like you had a pretty good reading week – and mouth sounds in an audiobook?! I’ve never experienced this – and hope that I never do!
I hope you never do either; it is disgusting and one of the few sounds that makes me ill.
I am pleasantly surprised at everything I was able to finish this week. I’m hoping I can keep up the pace!
Have a great week!