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Re: change in narrators
Post by Grabthar's Hammer   » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:51 pm

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Daryl wrote:Bit unfair to put up the most competent speaker of English ever. Slam dunk, or game over.
Annachie wrote:Personally, I find it hard to go past Stephen Fry as a narrator.


Stephen Fry is a wonderful narrator. My current favourite audio listen right now however, is Ian Glen (Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones.) His voice is pure honey.
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    Re: change in narrators
    Post by ErrantVenture   » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:28 pm

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    eldrwyrm wrote:The book narrated by Charles Keating very nearly killed me with fits of apoplexy over his myriad mis-pronunciations.


    I've been scared to pick up the audio books b/c I've heard anecdotes like this. Are there any of the other narrators for the series besides Keating that you recommend avoiding?
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    Re: change in narrators
    Post by elaineofshalott   » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:44 pm

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    ErrantVenture wrote:
    I've been scared to pick up the audio books b/c I've heard anecdotes like this. Are there any of the other narrators for the series besides Keating that you recommend avoiding?


    Keating was by far the worst. I don't remember mispronunciations as much as the fact that every earl and baron got promoted to Duke and he could make the most exciting scenes like Duncan and Hektor's narrow escape from shipwreck and Irys and Daivyn's escape from Delfarak sleep inducing (Literally, I sometimes put this audiobook on to help me drop off to sleep when I have insomnia.) Kevin Collins was good except for his inability to pronounce Charis or Chisholm which set my teeth on edge.
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    Re: change in narrators
    Post by OrlandoNative   » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:29 pm

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    Personally, I don't listen to audiobooks. The printed page has always been more interesting. I suppose if I were going to listen - rather than observe the scenery - on some long driving trip maybe; but for the series I tend to follow; I prefer "hardcopy".

    What's interesting, outside of whatever motivation or accident may have "infected" this particular audiobook; is that NO ONE caught it. One would *think* that the audiobook producer would have someone OTHER than the narrator listen to the "finished product" while simultaneously reading it. While I'm sure small errors might still creep through, something that major shouldn't have.

    I guess "quality assurance" isn't the norm these days.

    Of course, I've seen glaring editing errors even in hardcopy (and I'm not talking about the (e)ARC's either); so I guess it's not all that odd that something might show up in an audiobook as well.
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    Re: change in narrators
    Post by elaineofshalott   » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:23 am

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    OrlandoNative wrote:Personally, I don't listen to audiobooks. The printed page has always been more interesting. I suppose if I were going to listen - rather than observe the scenery - on some long driving trip maybe; but for the series I tend to follow; I prefer "hardcopy".

    What's interesting, outside of whatever motivation or accident may have "infected" this particular audiobook; is that NO ONE caught it. One would *think* that the audiobook producer would have someone OTHER than the narrator listen to the "finished product" while simultaneously reading it. While I'm sure small errors might still creep through, something that major shouldn't have.

    I guess "quality assurance" isn't the norm these days.

    Of course, I've seen glaring editing errors even in hardcopy (and I'm not talking about the (e)ARC's either); so I guess it's not all that odd that something might show up in an audiobook as well.


    I do both but I can't read at work, I can however listen to the audiobook. I also found when I got the audiobooks I noticed details in the books I'd read several times that I'd missed previously. I understand why RFC is upset, but as a listener I'd rather the difficulty with Wyman than the one with someone like Keating. What Wyman did was readily fixed with a little editing. Audible let's you update your downloads so if I listen to it now it is fine. A problem like Keating can't be resolved without completely re-recording the book. I'd love to see that happen some day with Safehold if they can get a good reader in. Consistency in pronunciation and accents would improve my enjoyment of the series a great deal.
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    Re: change in narrators
    Post by ErrantVenture   » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:15 pm

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    OrlandoNative wrote:Personally, I don't listen to audiobooks. The printed page has always been more interesting. I suppose if I were going to listen - rather than observe the scenery - on some long driving trip maybe; but for the series I tend to follow; I prefer "hardcopy".


    While I prefer hardcopy as well, I've become very fond of audiobooks in grad school. A lot of bench science is really monotonous, mindless, and repetitive work. Audiobooks are great for when i have to do hours of cell culture or organic chem when i'd otherwise be bored out of my mind.
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    Re: change in narrators
    Post by Julia Minor   » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:02 am

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    I don't know why, but I've never gotten into audiobooks. I have a ridiculous amount of downloaded old time radio shows (I'm rather fond of the original Green Hornet), so you'd think I'd be a good target for audiobooks. Maybe it's just because I've always been a fast reader, so audiobooks are "slower" to get through.

    That said, I'm sorry RFC and Tor had to deal with that level of stupidity in a supposedly professional narrator.
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