Random Thoughts on Books * My Problem With Audiobooks

April 27, 2013 Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging 12

PhotobucketRandom Thoughts on Books is going to be my new feature. It sounds exactly like what you think it is – my random thoughts on anything book related.

I recently wrote a post on how I’ve recently become an audiobook lover and how amazing they are. And audiobooks are amazing. They allow me to “read” while I’m at work which is pretty awesome.

But I do have a problem with audiobooks. Why don’t they give you a list of names? Places? Magical things? Anything that I can’t reasonably spell.

A just listened to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (which was amazing!) but there were so many names and places that I couldn’t exactly tell what they were saying, so how could I even write it.

Throughout the entire book I thought Matthew’s mothers name was Isabel, because even though the narrator was pronouncing it kind of funny, that is what it sounded like. Turns out her name is Ysebeau.

There is nothing that could have made me get that name on my own. Nothing.

You know how CD’s have the inserts that tell you things? Audiobooks should have those. It would be so helpful to me, the listener.

What are your thoughts? Should audiobooks includes a list of names/places?


12 Responses to “Random Thoughts on Books * My Problem With Audiobooks”

  1. Lori

    That’s a great idea! I’ve also recently discovered audiobooks. I listened to Graceling recently and eventually went to look at the book to get the right spellings of names and places. It’s hard for me to keep everything and everyone straight when they are all made up and I don’t include any sort of visual. An insert with names and places and maps or any extras they have in the book would be great! Especially with fantasy books.

  2. Courtney

    I don’t really have anything to say about this, because you and I already talked. But I wanted you to know that I read the post!


  3. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I have the same issue all the time. I like to picture a new word in my head and often in an audiobook I have NO idea what the narrator is saying, whether it’s an unusual name or a made-up place. I’ve found that fantasy audiobooks are hard for me unless I have access to a hard copy of the book too.
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  4. Cayce

    This happens a lot with me as well! In The Selection I kept hearing Maxen and didn’t realize it was Maxon just when I saw it in the blurb. And that is not even a “fantasy” name :) So I really like your idea of inserts.
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