For weeks now, I've been reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater. Well, that's not quite true. I have been listening to it on audio, and I just decided to return it without finishing. I know, blasphemy! So many of my friends adored it, and I just...haven't. And I've wondered why.
First of all, this is the season where I don't enjoy much. The end of January is not the happiest place for me, and I'm trying to accept that, and realize that now might not be the best indicator of actual Melanie-enjoyment.
But part of the problem is also the audio. When you listen to something, every word is given equal weight. When you read something, you can go back and relish some words and skip over other less savory ones. There are a lot of both kinds of words in The Dream Thieves, and its pacing really suffers when read. I'll probably finish it at some point, but frankly, I'm surprised I loved The Raven Boys so much when everyone I've talked to seems to love The Dream Thieves even more, and I can barely stand it.
It makes me leery of trying anything else on audio, and this is coming from ME--the woman whose son had huge chunks of Harry Potter memorized before he was six years old--the woman whose daughter used to scream "NO! Not Harry Potter again!" whenever the BBC came on--the woman who wore out the Book on Tape of Bloomability by Sharon Creech because we listened to it with such astonishing regularity.
I used to be a huge audio fan, but when I look back at the books we liked, they were mainly middle grade books. On a trip to
one year, we listened to all the Prydain novels. When I listened to Scott
Westerfield's Leviathan series, I remember finding excuses to sweep and mop my
floor every day to give myself more time in the kitchen (maybe I should check
those out again!) I think it was at exactly the same time that I fell in love
with The Magic Thief on audio. (Karen!) Florida
But adult novels? Or even most young adult novels? No thanks. I'd rather hold the book in my hand. I love the ability to flip back a few pages to check out my facts, to read certain parts more quickly, whether because I am excited or because I am bored, to go back and savor incredibly well written sentences like this: "Theoretically, Blue Sargent was probably going to kill one of these boys." (The Dream Thieves) When I heard that, I loved it so much I just wanted to read it again and again.
It makes me sad to not enjoy audio books. I don't have time to read nearly as much as I used to, but I spend a lot of my free time in the car. A good audio book would be a treasure.
Signs I might like an audio book:
1. It is read by Jim Dale. Maybe. I couldn't finish The Emerald Atlas. But I enjoyed The Night Circus even though I probably wouldn't have liked it as a book.
2. The readers do voices and accents. The reader of The Dream Thieves did a pretty good job. His Adam Parrish voice and his Calla voice made me laugh my head off though.
3. A straightforward plot. Not a lot of subplots and extra POV to confuse me. Exception: Harry Potter. But then I read those before I listened to them.
4. A relatively short read. Dream Thieves was 453 pages, with a nice normal font size. It was 11 CDs, which is probably the outer edge of a good size book for me unless it is read by Jim Dale. J
5. Humor. Pathos. Poetical language--although then I may long for a hard copy so I can reread it.
6. Very little bad language. I'm relatively adept at letting my eyes skim right past bad words in a book. There is no doing that on audio, as Ronan has taught me far too well.
Can you think of an audiobook I might enjoy?