I have been doing a lot of audiobook listening lately and I attended a recent blogger webinar about audiobook reviewing which got me thinking more and more about audiobooks. So I wanted to know more of what you think about them! From there, Audiobook Discussions has been born!
Today I want to find out how you feel about book extras and their inclusion or exclusion from audiobooks.
Historical novels in particular tend to have some supplementary material included in a print copy of the book, be in a cast of characters, glossary of terms, maps, etc. I have always enjoyed perusing them as I read and this is even more so with non-fiction. Obviously they can’t include images in an audio medium. Some books have these extra materials available on the author or publisher website, but many do not (or if they do they don’t make it clear as to where the listener can go to find these materials.) That is one thing that I miss when listening to some audiobooks. I do appreciate that much of the time Reader’s Guides are available online. It is also hit or miss with whether they include the Author’s Notes in the narration, which is one of those things that I always read.
So, what are your thoughts on book extras and their inclusion or exclusion in audiobooks? Have you found any that have done an especially excellent job handling these?
You can check out the other posts in this series:
- How You Listen
- Why You Listen
- What You Listen To
- The Audible App
- The Audie Awards
- What Makes a Good Production
- Favorite Narrators