My first ever audio book was Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
That was narrated by Sarah Drew, and I was completely blown away by how compelling the narration was. That being my first time, I was led into believing that all audio books were this well acted out.
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You see, I try to find audio books that don't sound like they're narrated by a forty year old. I like YA books that sound like they're narrated by an actual teenager. (Take The Hunger Games audio book for example. It sucks.) What I liked about Sarah Drew's narration in Before I Fall is that she didn't sound so steady all the time. In The Hunger Games audio book, it sounds sort of robotic at times, which freaking unnerves me.
|Robotic voices unnerve me, but Micheal Jackson doesn't.|
Considering that I get free audiobooks from Overdrive and my library (I live in a city that's big on reading), I don't really care if I get a horrible audio book. But I found a completely awesome way to fix my post-awesome narration syndrome.
Read to myself. Out loud.
I'm not kidding. Don't you remember when your mum used to read to you out loud at night? (If not, then I figure you're a psychopath. Don't hurt me!) Well, that kind of experience can't be reproduced unless you live in your mother's basement, so whenever I'm alone, I'll start reading to myself, and I even give different voices to the different characters.
So you might be thinking:
- Then you read slow!
- You can't pay attention to the story then!
- I read slow already. Have you seen my last Mechanics post?
- I actually pay more attention to the story.
I mean, do you find that you need to twirl your hair when you read, or squish a ball in your hands? It's because you need something else to do when you read, or else it becomes too passive of an activity.
So in conclusion: try this next time you're reading. You might be surprised with the results. Or not.
By the way: Here's the Chuck Testa reference:
Mechanics is a weekly feature on Wake Up at Seven. It explores everything surrounding books and reading, to make you hyper-aware that books are nothing but chopped paper.