Who's Wee Dug wrote:
I disagree with that raisin, a not so good narrator can spoil your enjoyment as there are some who totally ruin it for me ie one of my favorite authors is Jack Vance the narrator of the audio books for him is crap, ruins them for me I no longer listen to them his name is Arthur Morley
just glad I have the books as well.
I agree! I'm a big Bill Bryson fan and I particularly love him on audiobook. About half of his books are read by Bryson himself and I like them a lot (some people find his transatlantic drawl a bit much but I like his dryness). About half of them are read by a guy called William Roberts whose reading I can't stand. And the thing is, there's nothing that wrong with it - I'm sure millions of the other listeners enjoy it. He's just a tad too broad and 'listen this is a funny bit' in his reading somehow and it spoils the text entirely for me! You can practically hear him waggling his eyebrows when there's a bit of drollery in the text.
I guess it's a particular problem with comic writers, and its very personal. For example I always like Tony Robinson's reading of Pratchett (and would buy those still except they're the abridged versions) because his reading always tallied with how the jokes (and the drama and the pathos) should be told according to my own reading.