Lately I've been listening to quite a few audiobooks and I've come to the conclusion, that I might just be more of a picky listener than a picky reader.
I gave the last 5 I listened to all 2 stars. I don't even remember the last time I gave such a low rating to a book (though it was probably at the beginning of the year or something... *she says remembering The Graveyard Book in February*)
At first I thought the books simply weren't for me but the more I thought about it, other factors popped up:
· Sometimes the voice doesn’t fit the character, or other characters when it changes. This includes when they try accents that sound over-exaggerated or obviously false.
· Tropes, clichés, word choices etc. are more noticeable and while I don’t understand why, it can put me off.
· Even sped up, they’re loooong. It’s a commitment. So if the other elements don’t work, that’s a lot of time spent on something you’re not loving.
That said, it still falls down to the book. If I wouldn’t have enjoyed reading it, I also wouldn’t enjoy listening to it.
If you enjoy being able to predict every plot, character and word before it happens because the book consists of every YA trope you can think of (*ticking off fingers* love triangle, 'the chosen one', new town, dead parents, mysterious boy, mean girl, school dance *runs out of fingers*) then this is the book for you! Me, I'll pass.
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
Did not finish at 10%
I haven't even made it to the apocalyptic event but I can't bring myself to listen to any more.
Somehow I don't remember signing up for an unnecessarily creepy prologue with seemingly nothing to do with the story, which is in fact about a self-obsessed 'everything is about me' girl with a terrible choice of friends that that rubs me up the wrong way.
Perhaps I haven't given it a fair chance, usually I would go longer before putting a book down for good, but unless someone tells me I'm making a huge mistake, I feel no regret over abandoning this book with the statement that it is not for me.
Are you a fan of audiobooks? Have you experienced anything I've mentioned? I'd love to know!