This week is audiobook week at Devourer of Books. I will be participating in daily discussion topics as well as posting a few reviews, and other audiobook goodies!
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?
Audiobook reviewing is very similar to reviewing a print title. The only difference being that in addition to the content of the book, it is helpful to include a review of the narrator's performance. In my audiobook reviews, I always put the review of the narration first, and make it separate from the rest of the review. These are the things that I look for when reviewing an audiobook:
- Did the narrator distract at all from the story either with a lack of emotion or too much?
- Did the narrator provide a diverse and interesting group of characters? Did characters have distinct voices that matched their personalities, or were they all the same?
- Did the narrator sound like they were enjoying the book?
- Is there anything that particularly stood out to me while listening?
- Is this a narrator that I would listen to again?
The biggest thing that I can emphasize is to make your audiobook reviews distinct from print. I've heard several bloggers say that they love audiobooks, but I can't recall ever seeing an audiobook review on their blog. Information about the narrator and the performance is essential to knowing whether or not to pick up a book in print, or get it in audio!