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The Perfect Pairing of Voice and Story -- Audiobooks

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 15, 2009 |

Tonight’s comment diversion comes from Natalie, and it concerns audiobooks, something I’m not terrible familiar with. She asks: 1) What’s your favorite audiobook, and 2) what audiobook have you listened to that was ruined by the reader? She offers The Shining as an excellent example of an audiobook, but The Cold Mountain was ruined by the readers’ terrible southern accent (as was the movie, by Renee Zellwegger’s terrible Southern accent).

And just to add some more flavor to this diversion, particularly for those who don’t read many audiobooks, what would be your dream pairing of book and reader? Personally, I’d like to hear someone like Vince Vaughn read a really great noir, like The Big Sleep. I think that Vaughn would actually make a great fast-talking gumshoe detective.

Get on that, Hollywood.

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