August 16, 2008

Audiobooks: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em?

Posted by at 6:45 am in Harry Potter, Reads | Permalink

I like to read in silence with no TV, no music. Even when I chew gum it’s too loud! My reasoning: eyeballs can move faster than a person can speak, and I get really impatient to know what happens next. Because of this, I usually can’t stand audiobooks (books recorded on CDs, tapes, etc.).

When I was in fourth grade, I had a Teacher’s Assistant (I’m bummed I can’t remember her name.) who read The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, out loud to our class, complete with different variations of English accents — it was so fun!

One audiobook I have listened to is the recording of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale. And he’s great! Jim (Mr. Dale? Jimmy? Not sure what to call him . . . ) gets REALLY into it. I mean, REALLLLLLLY into it. He switches in milliseconds between the creepy voice of Voldemort, then a raspy Dumbledore, then a high-pitched, nervous Hermione. (Only when she’s nervous though. In all other cases, he makes her very smart sounding.)

My personal recommendation is still to read the book on your own first, so you form the characters’ voices in your head. Then pick up a copy of the audiobook. What audiobooks have you listened to? Did you like them?

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer