24 May 2010
Does Audio Enhance?
There is no doubt in my mind that a good narrator has the ability to enhance the reader's enjoyment of the book. I'm also sure that has something to do with the fact that the reader as a listener is at liberty to visualise the action and the protagonist.
This is something that rarely happens to me when I am physically turning the pages of a book. My mind seems to accept the text without bothering to visualise it.
But as I drive along listening to a book I seem to do a lot of visualising.
until recently I thought that the definitive one for Hercule Poirot was David Suchet's. I guess that is because he is my "screen" pick. What I visualise without doubt is that dapper little man that David Suchet has developed on the screen.
But in my recent review of THE THIRD GIRL I had to admit he isn't the only one who reads the part well.
Currently I am listening to a narration of Henning Mankell's THE FIFTH WOMAN.
I have been asking myself which Wallander I am seeing in my "mind's eye".
Here are the contenders:
How about you - do you find that an audio book can enhance your enjoyment of a book (even if you would have enjoyed it anyway)? Do you activate your "minds-eye" as the narration flows over you?