Anyone who knows me knows I love audiobooks. In some ways I can even be considered an audiobook snob. A decent narrator can improve the "reading" experience while a lousy one can kill it.
Anyone who knows me also knows that I'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. Have been since the first book of his I read (Elantris).
There's one particular character I love--in a book full of characters I love--whose name is Lightsong. He's a "returned" and is worshipped with others in this society as a god. He doesn't believe. Wonderful character development.
So, what did I think of the (first) audiobook?
The narrator wasn't bad with most of the characters, but the more I listened, the more I realized that he was making Lightsong sound like Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
I was not happy!
Then I learned that a group called Graphic Audio had done an audiobook. They have multiple narrators and did a wonderful job with the voices. However, the nature of this company is to make the book a "movie for the mind." So they had sound effects. Background noises. Still the book but with actual noises rather than the words that describe the noise.
|This version is a winner!|
Last week I found out that a third audiobook version of Warbreaker had been made--and by a woman. Alyssa Bresnahan is the narrator who does Charlie Holmberg's Paper Magician series. I loved her in that series!
And Alyssa did not disappoint! I am so thrilled to know that one of my favorite books now has an audiobook version that I'll be more than happy to spend a few hours listening to every couple of years.
What books have you found to be the worst adaptions?
Which were winners?