Inquiring Minds Want to Know

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Denizens of the Interwebz! (Or at least those of you who found your way to this post.) Question-Mark-NaughtHave you ever wanted to ask an audiobook narrator a question? Have you ever wanted to ask an audiobook reviewer a question? Now is your chance. Friday, June 28th is my day to host the fabulous Going Public… in Shorts! project. I’ll be highlighting the entry by Xe Sands, the project’s mastermind, but before you listen to her recording of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, you can listen to us as we sit down to chat about anything and everything, starting with a knock-down drag-out… er, recorded conversation… about reviewing and being reviewed.

If you’d like to throw a question or topic into the mix, send it our way by 1:00 pm Pacific time (GMT -7) on Wednesday, June 26th.  Post it in the comments below, e-mail it to me at, DM me on Twitter (@Oddiophile) or somehow make your curiosity known. We’ll pick from your responses and fire-up a conversation about those topics. If we select your question/topic to chat about, you’ll be eligible to win either a copy (digital download) of the Going Public…in Shorts! compilation or be gifted an audiobook of your choice (region restrictions may apply). We’ll draw one random winner on 6/28/13.

“Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the…” audiobook questions!


  1. Hi!

    I’m particularly interested (perhaps foolishly, but let the chips fall where they may!) in obtaining reviews for my (& my authors’) work, in order to raise their profile, and, I hope, increase their sales. It seems that only titles from better-known, “Traditional” publishers get this sort of attention.

    While of course there may be too many titles published (daily) for all to receive reviews, it’s also clear that many go by unnoticed, and undeservedly so–whether the book is good or bad. How does a relatively little fish in this giant pond get the attention of critics?

  2. I’ve noticed inconsistency in accents and pronunciation when a new narrator takes over books within a series. In some cases, I have noticed inconsistency within the same book or series when the narrator remains constant. I know Xe Sands, as a narrator, understands the necessity for the character’s voices to remain constant as I can listen to any title within the J. Frank ‘Nightwalker’ series’ and know who is speaking before the name is identified. There are a few other narrators who have the ability to do this perfectly but many more that do not.
    I am wondering who would be responsible for catching these issues and whether the author has any say in the review process prior to publication.
    Thanks !!

  3. Oh can I ask a couple? This one came up recently when an author friend and I were talking about his books’ audio versions. He was quite unhappy with the narrator who read his series. When he recently arranged to have a collection of short stories about the same characters from that series narrated on audio, he found a narrator he really liked for the role. However, fans of the series are pretty set on the old narrator. When you’re reviewing, how do you handle a series change like that—do you find it hard to step back and evaluate the narrator on his/her own merits and not compare to the first narrator? And Xe, have you ever had to take over a series that had been long narrated by someone else and how did you handle it?

    2.) For each of you, when you’re listening to an audio, what’s your biggest pet peeve? It can be narration, production, whatever…what is just so bad it pulls you out of the story?

  4. I’ve wondered for a while why audiobook reviews generally don’t take into account the role of the producer and director (when there is one). I’ve always felt that they should get credit for their work. At the very least, it would be helpful to have some articles about the influence they have on shaping a production. But their work seems to go largely unacknowledged. Any thoughts?

  5. @Jen Forbus – The narrator switch mid-series is a great question, as is your other. Thanks for tossing them into the ring.

    @Amy Rubinate – That one really has me thinking. I think it’ll make a great topic to hash out in conversation. Thank you for bringing it up.