Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Scorpio Races Audiobook Sampler

I am deeply in love with the audiobook version of The Scorpio Races. I am a little biased, since I got to pick the audiobook narrators (Steve West & Fiona Hardingham) for Sean & Puck, but still, I think it even the unbiased would find it CLEARLY WONDERFUL. However, it's hard to explain this to people without examples.

Well. Here is are examples.



CLEARLY WONDERFUL, yes? What do you think? I'm especially interested to hear from the folks that are non-habitual audiobook listeners. Does this tantalize you, or does it leave you wishing for the printed page?

I just started reading THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING and for perhaps the fifth or sixth time in my life, I have found myself wishing that I had it in audiobook format, because it seems like a sort of story I'd like told to me. Just the way the words look on the paper look like they'd be be better out loud. And I wonder about SCORPIO's translation from print to audio, because I frequently read sections out loud while writing in order to make sure I had them the way I liked them. So I wonder if/ how that affects the reader/ listener experience. Personally, I have a hard time listening to actiony books in audio, because I'm a much faster reader than I am listener, and when someone's going to die, darn it, I want to find out how much blood there's going to be. STAT. But when the prose is nice or when it is a fairytale sort of story, I think I'm getting won over to audio.

Thoughts?

I reckon, since I have an extra copy of the audiobook in my office, that I'll randomly pick one of the blog commenters to bestow a copy of THE SCORPIO RACES audiobook on. (I officially just rewrote that sentence three times, with three different verbs, in an attempt to not finish it on a preposition). I'll pick one this time tomorrow (the 8th). 

(for those wondering you can find the audiobook here. and here. and here. and here.)

52 comments:

keukawelch said...

Wow! I listened to the wolves of mercy falls trilogy on audio and loved it! I think this too will be amazing on audiobook, but it might take a little bit to get used to the new voices. The gentleman has a velvety voice! Very entrancing!

Jill said...

Hmmm. I know I commented yesterday, but it's gone! This audio book sounds wonderful... really enjoyed the voice choices!

Colleen said...

Now that I'm working 9-5, I have even less time to read. I'd love to be able to listen to Scorpio Races on the way to and from work. :)

Jeannette said...

Being a mom with two kids who sleep VERY lightly and tend to get up when I have my light on, I would love a chance to delve into a world you created at bedtime by snuggling up in the dark with an audiobook. I'd still get my Maggie adventures and the boys would get more sleep as well.. :)

Danielle said...

Wow , wow & wow is all I can really say I'm speechless I have never owned or listen to a book through audio but after hearing that very delicious sample I MUST have more ,please mam may I have more lol seriously I had NO idea that audio books could be so so delicious *sighs*

rane22 said...

I was proud to be a print purist (sorry for the alliteration - I teach English) UNTIL this summer, when the amazing voice of Jim Dale did what I and the printed page could not - drew my son into the magical world of Hogwarts. The books were too intimidating alone, so we paired them. The audio got him through the sluggish days, and he turned it off and read when it wasn't going fast enough (as you said, he needed to find out who was going to die FASTER).

Now, as a teacher, I am asking the questions: when or with what readers would an audiobook be the best fit? I like "when the prose is nice." And I'm more interested in listening myself.

And I love that you have TWO voices, just like the book.

Chachic said...

I listened to the sample and I think the narrators did a good job. Would love to be included in the giveaway and give the audiobook a try even though I've already read (and loved) the written version of the book. :)

AVRL said...

I love audiobooks-- some books I'd rather listen to than read, and sometimes, I listen to an audio to FORCE myself to slow down-- I too, read faster than the narrator speaks, and tend to devour a book then wonder what I missed. An audiobook makes me slow down!

Heather4110 said...

Love your writing, and The Scorpio Races are no exception! Listening to the audio of the characters telling the story always makes the book come alive, and improves my reading! Thanks for writing so wonderfully! Happy Holidays!

Lynn said...

My comment yesterday was eaten by the blog monster apparently as it has disappeared. I won't rewrite all my comments but it would be awesome to have the book in audio form.

A.M. said...

This audio book sounds amazing. It has a really great choice for the voices.

Leigh Ann said...

I know what you mean about wanting to have a story told to you. I've heard some truly remarkable audio books - Jim Dale reading Harry Potter, obviously; THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy has a very compelling voice narrating it; GRACELING was truly stunning in full cast audio. I also really fell in love with Grace once I heard her voice in the SHIVER audiobook. Absolutely wonderful.

Also, audiobooks let me "read" while folding the umpteenth load of laundry or scrubbing toilets, so they have a super-special place in my heart. I'd finally get to actually "read" THE SCORPIO RACES! Imagine that!

:) Thanks for the giveaway. You rule.

Alleyne D said...

I love audio books and this sounds terrific! I spend a lot of time in the car and having a book to listen to really makes the miles go quicker.

Marie P said...

It simply sounds wonderfull. Just love the choice of voices.

poressaspaginas said...

I really like listening to audiobooks, but I prefer doing so after I have read the printed page. I usually read my favorite books all over again, so to me listening to them is a perfect way of discovering them in a whole new way.

kate said...

My comment dissapered! :( why?
I normally hate Audiobooks but my mom and I came to the agreement of listening to the wolves of mercy falls on audio book since I already own, read and loved all three of the books so far we are 28 or so chapters into linger I know my mom would LOVE to listen to the scorpio races since I've been wanting my mom to read it since I finished and reviewed it

and that is part of what I wrote yesterday before the comment went poof rawr

-kate
sugarsweetfirefly@gmail.com

Jess (Gone with the Words) said...

I like to reread books using audiobooks, and I find that sometimes I get something different out of the story after doing this. Yours are among my favorites. :) Sean and Puck's narrators sound wonderful! I listen to them in my car, at work, at home...basically, anytime I can't be holding a book.

Jen said...

At first I thought Sean sounded a little too old but his voice took over and I forgot that. Puck's voice is perfect. The Scorpio Races is the most amazing book. I strive to write like you but the magic here is so unique!

Bwyatt said...

I really like audiobooks when I'm travelling or just really busy and the only book time I have is while I'm in the car. However, I tend to miss things, because lets face it, my ADD kicks in. :) So, my first preference is the hardcopy (I know, I'm a book snob) but the right voice can really make a book come to life too.
britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

krisza7 said...

I can't make it play! Extreme sadness. I wish I had the chance to hear it all!!!! I love all your books Maggie, but The Scorpio Races was by far my favorite..

Jenny Q said...

I've really enjoyed some audiobooks that I probably wouldn't have liked as much had I read them. A good narrator can make up for some writing flaws. I've been working my way through the audiobooks of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, and the narrator is fantastic! Really brings the story to life and enriches the experience.

And I'm dying to get my hands on The Scorpio Races! Having the audio version would be even better!

Stacey said...

I have become a HUGE audiobook person now that i work in a room by myself and less time to read. I tend to deal with OK or poor readers and find myself in love with a book if they have an amazing reader(s). I've always enjoyed stories being told to me, so it's nice to find an acceptable away to do this now as an "adult," so I totally get your desire to have a favorite story "read to you." As to the Scorpio Races audio, you seem to always have good audiobooks, and SR is no exception from listening to the sampler.

Taylor said...

I'm a librarian (with 2 kids under 3) and I drive about 35 minutes each way to work. I use this as my "me time" to listen to audiobooks, almost always YA or Juvenile fiction. People always get in my car and get confused because there's always a book playing and rarely the radio! :-) Can't wait to read/listen to The Scorpio Races.

krisza7 said...

OooooooooK. I was able to hear it. I loved loved loved it. I miss it so much( the book) I wish it never ended. It was lovely. I'd love to hear it all.

And might I say, Sean Kendrick and Puck have the best names ever.

-krisza

Anonymous said...

Im very picky about audiobooks. If the voice over artist and the story are good then i'll listen but i couldn't listen to Shiver because i didnt like Sams voice

Anjulie Pickett-

Ms.M said...

I'm reading The Scorpio Races in print right now, but would love to hear it in audio format.

jezka said...

I don't do audiobooks, but this I loved. There was a beautiful flow to the words, and I found myself lost in those five minutes. Amazing.

LadyDamonayde said...

I do not listen to audiobooks very often, I much prefer written because for me it's more visual, but that vid is really kewl. I loved reading Scorpio Races. I don't know if I'd have liked it better as audio but the library I work at gets so few YA audiobooks. I would love to what would happen with this one!

Cassidy said...

Wow. If only your slideshow was included. :)
It's fun to see your choice of voices for Sean and Puck.I keep saying I need to give audiobooks a try.

Stefanie Jones said...

As someone who commutes two hours a day, audiobooks are imperative for me!! They are subjective though, because if I don't like the narrator's voice (or if it doesn't match the character) I tend to not like the story as much as I would have if I'd read it in book form. I adore the narrators of the Shiver series though. Perfect choices! And these are, as well!

alli said...

As another post before mine, I thought I commented yesterday. But oh well. I have a long commute as well and pretty much keep an audiobook going in the car at all times. I haven't read Scorpio Races yet but it in my to be read list and I'd love to be able to listen to my very own copy.

sunshineuphoria said...

These voices were excellent choices...!

Did I just rhyme?

Ain't that sublime.

<3

Anonymous said...

Never liked audiobooks, but with those voice actors! I loved it! Steve West is amazing for Sean, accents and all, while Fiona Hardingham fits Puck perfectly!! The Scorpio Races is just a beautiful book, Maggie!

-Cassandra Lopez

Donna Gambale said...

Agreed -- two of my must-listens are Coraline and Going Bovine, for the reasons you mentioned. I also like listening to audiobooks when characters have accents I can't do well in my head (like Scorpio Races). I converted to half-audio when I began driving to work a couple years ago, and there are definitely pros and cons, and it's very book-specific and can depend heavily on the narrator. One of my favorite audios is A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.

Sarah Bielicki said...

Great choices for the voice actors! Fits them very well!! :)

Elizabeth Dickerson said...

The chance to s a v o r this book again, in another format/dimension? Sign me up!

Sydney said...

I downloaded the audiobook of Scorpio Races to play while driving my teen children to and from their school, which is about 35 minutes from home. We are loving it--they can't bicker while listening, and although it is nice that I don't have trouble getting the kids into the car for our rise, these days, they don't want to get out once we arrive, lol.

I understand having trouble listening to exciting books, as I definitely read faster than I listen. For myself, I prefer to listen to non-fiction or to books that I have read before, because then I am not impatient to find out what happens next. Listening to a book slows it down for me, so I can better appreciate the language. I recently listened to David Copperfield, all 30+ hours, and it was wonderful.

Thank you for this lovely, beautiful book!
~Sydney Mason

Caro Basurto said...

I haven't read "The Scorpio Races" and believe me since the day it go in shelf, I want to cross the border between USA and me to run for it and have it in my arms, but I don´t want to get in details. I just hear the sampler and I think that how without the book I could perfectly understand every word of it and get in the book by imagining in another way. I didnt hear all the sampler because I don´t want to ruin the magic and surprise when you just read a book. So I hope I get my book soon and maybe get the Audiobook and read it with de voice of this guy that speaks so...attractive to imagine the book perfectly.
-Caro Basurto

Anonymous said...

I love it and i would like to be an audiobook speaker myself.

Amber said...

Love the sampler... and any man with an accent reading a book - SCORE! I have the book on my Wish list for Christmas.
Merry Christmas!

wordvom.com said...

I live on audio books since I have an hour commute to work and can I just say that I NEED Sean Kendrick's voice filling my car stereo to and fro the workplace?? Because, seriously, I need more Sean Kendrick in my life. Especially this version. That voice! It's like butter.

Thanks for the chance to win Sean Kendrick-- I mean the audio book!

~LiLi

sara said...

I like when authors pick the readers, Makes me think while listening, this is exactly who/ what the author pictured while writing. If I'm not lucky enough to win, I'll defiantly purchase it. I love the reader for Sean.
Thanks!

Maria Touet said...

What wonderful narration...could listen for hours...sigh...

Megs said...

Whats better then reading Scorpio Races? Listening to it!!

Esther said...

My comment disappear too. ? I thought it was read with conviction and character. the voices did a good job. I like the emotion used in the words. funnies part : Timmy lips are so pretty hehe

Mea said...

I'm a fan of both the printed and the audio. I get two different experiences, and I like to compare them. What I love about this audiobook is that a man is reading the male narrated portions and a woman is reading the female narrated portions. Sometimes, I lose the story because I can't invest myself in the reader’s vocal choice for characters of the opposite sex, especially if there is lengthy dialogue.

Mea said...

I'm a fan of both the printed and the audio. I get two different experiences, and I like to compare them. What I love about this audiobook is that a man is reading the male narrated portions and a woman is reading the female narrated portions. Sometimes, I lose the story because I can't invest myself in the reader’s vocal choice for characters of the opposite sex, especially if there is lengthy dialogue.

Llehn said...

Audio books have their uses like when you're stuck in traffic or are grocery shopping, etc. But personally I still prefer a printed book because I go through them in a fraction of the time I go through their audio counterparts.

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Lana Krumwiede said...

What a treat it would be to listen to Scorpio Races! May the best listener win!

Rebecca said...

I've read this book at least 6-7 times, and hearing it on the audio book was like reading it for the first time! Maggie, this is truly fantastic!

jordan said...

i read it too it was AMAZING best book i ever read i nearly cried at the ending because the series was over... i need another book to read and i am only 13 so got any ideas

Dutley said...

I just finished listening to the Scorpio Races. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I am in love with Steve West's voice.

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