I’ve finished 8 audiobooks already this year, and 6 of them were from urban fantasy series. There is something about the first person narration common to UF series that make them particular well suited for audiobooks.
I think one of those things is how listening to an audiobook can add an extra element to the character to make them real. You can get a sense of a character when reading a book, especially an extended series, but adding that extra layer of voice really makes them come alive.
I think this is one of the reasons that I really love listening to series on audiobook, and especially first person narration. It takes the element of someone telling you a story to someone telling you their story. It makes the story easier to imagine and relate to, and gives the character a complete personification. And yes, I realize that paranormal stories are not really relatable in the true sense since they are definitely fiction, but as I’ve grown up reading them and it is my favourite genre, I find it easy to buy into them when the world building makes sense.
I love to read to escape, and audiobooks help to bring that escape factor just one step higher. I guess I’ve never stop loving having someone else read to me. It’s one of the reasons I read to my son every night.
Tell me, do you love audiobooks? Is there a particular genre or style that you think makes for a good audiobook experience?