Audiobook Question

Hey, you listeners of audiobooks. Question for y’all. I’m thinking of doing an audiobook version of “Twelve Sides,” and I’ve never done a collection of stories before. One idea would be to have a narrator just read all of them. Another idea I had is that for the stories linked to certain existing books, have the narrator of those books read the stories. So Savrin would read the OOP-connected stories, Jay Maxwell would read the Dangerous Spirits story, and if I could get Rob back, he’d read the Waterways story (there is no Bridges story but I would likely read one or two of the others), and it’d be a chance for one or two narrators to come in for a shorter project than a full novel.

What do you guys think? Would switching narrators around be too jarring? Or would you rather hear the same people in the same worlds?

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5 Responses to Audiobook Question

  1. Anthony Stuart says:

    I like the idea of having Savrin read OOP stories, Jay Maxwell read Dangerous Spirits stories, etc, and it might be a good idea to narrate one yourself to see how it goes – when an author reads their own audiobook, I think sometimes it really adds something to it

  2. Rechan says:

    Narrator consistency is more attractive. Also, I think having different narrators for different stories means that you don’t hear the characters all in the same “voice”; they stand out as more unique and individual.

    Will Jay Maxwell be reading “Black Angel”? While I like narrator consistency, a male narrator reading a first-person female character would be slightly jarring.

    • Kyell says:

      Jay is doing Black Angel. Narrator consistency was more important to me, though I did consider that point. I’m listening to it now and Jay is doing a fabulous job.

  3. Shirou says:

    I think doing different narrators for the stories to stay consistent with the worlds they started in is a really neat idea!

  4. Mista says:

    I think you should absolutely have the original narrators come together for the stories. Twelve Sides is a collection, not a narrative, so I think that a single voice throughout would almost get dull, and the stories blended together. Having multiple narrators, however, allows the reader to have a more definitive break from each story, and be pulled more easily into the next. You hear *each* story this way, instead of all of them lumped together. It’d be good either way, though.