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holderbp

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I don't know if this has been discussed before, but the current Bosch audiobook narrator really needs to be replaced.  

Dear Michael Connelly:
Please listen to a few minutes of one of your recent Bosch novels.  You will hear someone reading your book as if for the first time, with no sense of where the current sentence is going.  Every few minutes a sentence will be read with the completely wrong emphasis: an audible "period" will be inserted in the middle, with the final phrase added on as an afterthought.  It is incredible distracting and seems to indicate a lack of preparation and poor/weak directing. I've listened to all of your audiobooks and I, of course, enjoy your stories immensely.  Your prior voice actors were exceptional and it is disappointing that the audiobooks for your most recent novels have been weakened.
Sincerely,
An avid reader/listener
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I 100% agree!  Len Cariou was the best narrator, and he is still working as an actor on the Blue Bloods TV show. They should redo all the books Len did not record with him as the reader. I am confident people will repurchase the old Connely audiobooks they have already listen to if Len is the new narrator.  
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Take this with a grain of salt...

 

Quite a few years ago, a Borders bookstore in Northern Virginia (Washington, D.C. area) used to be a regular stop on the Michael Connelly book tours before Borders went out of business. Connelly would give a talk to the audience, answer a few questions and then sign books or whatever. I remember during one of those talks he briefly touched on the audio versions of his works. At that time he made the comment along the lines that the publisher was responsible for selecting the voice actor and that he really did not have a say in who the publisher chose. You can take that how you like. That was from my memory about an event somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 years ago. It was not like I was recording the event or taking notes, I just remember it was a topic which was quickly discussed so your efforts might be better directed towards the publisher. 

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You will hear someone reading your book as if for the first time, with no sense of where the current sentence is going.


FWIW, it's intentional.

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holderbp

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Wow, that is quite an admission.  Funny how the "method" requires the absolute least amount of effort from the "actor".

Thanks for pointing that out, dempom!
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Originally Posted by holderbp
I don't know if this has been discussed before, but the current Bosch audiobook narrator really needs to be replaced.  

Dear Michael Connelly:
Please listen to a few minutes of one of your recent Bosch novels.  You will hear someone reading your book as if for the first time, with no sense of where the current sentence is going.  Every few minutes a sentence will be read with the completely wrong emphasis: an audible "period" will be inserted in the middle, with the final phrase added on as an afterthought.  It is incredible distracting and seems to indicate a lack of preparation and poor/weak directing. I've listened to all of your audiobooks and I, of course, enjoy your stories immensely.  Your prior voice actors were exceptional and it is disappointing that the audiobooks for your most recent novels have been weakened.
Sincerely,
An avid reader/listener


I suppose it's subjective, but I think welliver is an excellent narrator. IMO you shouldnt notice a good narrator, the story should just flow.

Cariou is also very good.
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I suppose it's subjective, but I think welliver is an excellent narrator. IMO you shouldnt notice a good narrator, the story should just flow.

Cariou is also very good.


I agree with you that it is subjective. My personal experience was that it was difficult to change to a new narrator but having watched all four season of the tv shows it seems perfectly natural to me now.

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I just finished listening to the Ballard-Bosch book "Dark Sacred Night" and I needed to return to this thread to say: TITUS WELLIVER DID A GREAT JOB!

I started the book thinking it was just a new Rene Ballard novel, and then was pleasantly surprised at the appearance of Bosch; I thoroughly enjoyed the pairing.  But near the end of my listening, I thought, "Who did they get to do Bosch?"  Because there were absolutely none of the annoying and distracting miscues that I described above in my original post. The entire audiobook (and novel) was excellent, and both voice actors gave great performances.


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