Initial thoughts… on the Audible version of Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Thank you Mr Anderson to kindly allow us to reprint your MrAnderson.info article about Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card:
I’m a newbie when it comes to the wonderful world of audio-books. I’ve enjoyed a few to wet my appetite. Currently I’m in the middle of 4 books! I know! One that gets a bit more play/reading time is Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card.
I’m not quite done with the book yet, but I’ve gotten through enough to give initial thoughts…
Each chapter has two parts to it, two stories, that no doubt will continue to converge at some point. Each section, at least at the beginning of the audio-book was read by a different narrator. I’ve now run into a few chapters where there has been a completely different narrator for the main part of the chapter… which totally kills the flow, especially when I find the new narrator’s voice annoying!
Seriously, check Audible’s site for Pathfinder: Book 1, it has five, yes FIVE different narrators listed!!! Not cool.
P.S. The way that I’ve been listening to the audio-books, is while I’m reading them on my Kindle. I know kinda strange, but I enjoy reading along.
Audible: Pathfinder: Book 1 (17 hrs and 46 mins)
- by Orson Scott Card
- Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie,Kristoffer Tabori, Scott Brick
Only a single acronym removed from Mr. Anderson’s republished article at his suggestion.
I can totally understand Mr. Anderson’s concerns about how it was recorded. He mentioned to me that there were some chapters that were apparently redone after the fact for some reason. Or had to be finished by another narrator for some reason. But this happened late in the book. Of course, I could only listen to the sample at Audible and it sounded like I heard two different narrators in the sample playing different parts; which would make sense and that sounded really good. One of the narrators was Kirby Heyborne who I really enjoyed when he read Little Brother (YA book) by Cory Doctorow.
I have read some audiobooks with multiple narrators/readers, but they each played different parts which made sense.