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Audiobooks have really taken off in recent years, more so than ever before. Whether you are a very busy person who has found it easier to listen to a book while driving or going about your day. Or a person whose eyesight makes it easier to listen to a book rather than read it, or just enjoy the presentation of an excellent book by a talented narrator, audiobooks have made life even better for those of us who love to read.
I wouldn’t say the only reason that audiobooks have taken off is due to the narrator, but between the content of the book itself and the presentation by the narrator, this is what has made audiobooks really take off.
Even authors have been known to get their start in narrating their own works, to help get the word of their books out to the public via podcasts, and other forms. Librivox.org has shown that many people wanting to get their start in narration can do so and help get public domain books out there for folks to listen to.
The various presentation companies have made it easier to find them; companies like Random House Audio, Brilliance Audio, ACX, Tantor Media, and the list goes on. They have done a great thing in bringing together great books and great narrators for presentation under their brand.
And it really makes life easier to have a good company behind the ‘work’ to help get the word out, help edit and provide constructive criticism where needed, etc.
But one should never lose sight of the fact that it is the talent; the authors of the great books themselves, and the narrators who bring it to life in audio form that make an audiobook shine.
I think anyone who has ever listened to an audiobook as well as anyone who has ever wrote a great book, and anyone who has ever tried to record a piece of audio of their own creation or someone else’s creation for publication will realize what I am talking about. It takes a lot of time and talent to make that all happen.