It’s day two of Audiobook Bloggers Week! Miss Pippi at Adolescent Audio Adventures put this event together, and all week we will be celebrating all things audiobooks! Visit Miss Pippi to get the #AudiobookBloggersWeek schedule of events and find new audiobook bloggers to follow.
Today’s prompt: Motivation
#MotivationMonday – How do you start a blog? OR How do you get out of an audiobook slump? Do you have a review formula to share?
Just like reading and blogging slumps, listeners can also get into an audiobook slump. Sometimes that happens to me after listening to a 5-star audiobook – anything I listen to next pales in comparison. When that happens, I’ll either listen to music on Spotify or listen to a few podcasts. (I’m currently listening to The Gilmore Guys to get ready for the Gilmore Girls revival) Another way I get out of a listening slump is by giving an old favorite audiobook a re-listen- I call that the comfort listen. Alternatively you could try listening to a book you enjoyed in print to get a new experience, or try a new genre- maybe a humorous memoir? One of those usually does the trick!
Audiobook Reviews – is there a magic formula?
In my audiobook reviews I talk about the book and what I enjoyed/disliked, and always make sure to comment on the narration. Was the narrator the right fit for the book? How was the reading pace? (I like a fast pace, but thankfully we can adjust the pace in audiobook apps) Does the narrator make each character sound distinct in terms of age, gender, accent, and pitch? How was the audiobook production – were there any pauses or background noise that detracted from the experience? When audio clips are available from Overdrive or Soundcloud I add them to my audiobook review as well.
I don’t think there is a magic formula to audiobook reviews. Some bloggers use a bullet point list, top 10, or a like/dislike style. Whichever works best for you! All I really want to know when I read audiobook reviews is some sort of comment on the listening experience, even if it’s just a sentence or two.
What do you like to see in audiobook reviews? Have you ever been in an audiobook slump, and how did you get out of it? Do you have any comfort listens?