Guest Post: What makes an Audiobook Good?

“Can you address what aspects would make some mysteries/suspense/thrillers good for audiobook production and others not so good?“

This question caught me off guard a little bit because my initial reaction is to say that if you have a good mystery or a suspense thriller in written form, then it should be good for audiobook production. And I think for the most part that holds true.

Now having said that, there are some details that probably fit better into an audiobook format that some mystery/thrillers have that others don’t. Let me start with the ones that are more of a challenge. If it is a deep, complicated, psychological thriller, that sometimes can be more challenging to present in an audio format. That doesn’t mean it cannot be done, but often times when there are a lot of very subtle and complicated, psychological clues, I know as a reader myself, I like to go back and reread previous paragraphs that, shall we say, need more ruminating.  It’s usually easier to follow directions if you have the map in front of you visually then if you were just hearing directions read out loud.  Again, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it in audiobook format, and there have been some that I have done where this becomes more of a challenge. But if it gets super complicated, it may lend itself more too paper or an e-book, then audiobook format.

Let’s switch the script now. Audiobooks are great, assuming you have good narration, in conveying, several aspects of a good mystery/thriller format. Lots of action lends itself very well to narration. Anytime emotions run high, whether it’s fear, love, elation, depression… These can be greatly enhanced by listening, rather than just reading. Humor is also wonderful in an audiobook format… And by using different voices and good timing, a good narrator can start with something mildly funny, and raise it to uproariously hilarious.

And, of course, as is the case with so many thrillers, the ability to use different accents can add a great bit to the narrative.

But really, in the end, great narration and production can probably pull off just about any type of mystery/thriller novel.

Book Details:

Book Title:  SNOW STORM by Mike Alger
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +) 
Genre:  Mystery / Thriller
Publisher:  Publish America
Release date:   July 2002
Content Rating:  PG – I wavered between G and PG…there’s no explicit language, but there is some mild-violence.

Book Description:

He smiled. “Kidnapping? Naw… you don’t have to worry about that. Oy’m not here to kidnap you. Oy’m here to kill you.”

You ever had one of those days? You know the kind. You wake up one morning, and all of a sudden an internationally feared assassin wants you dead? I hate it when that happens. And what do you do when the forecast for your friendly neighborhood TV weatherman looks like murder?

​KRGX meteorologist Greg O’Brien is having one of those days. He just hopes it’s not his last.

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Meet the Author:

One of the most popular and recognizable faces on television sets in Nevada and California; Mike Alger is the Chief Meteorologist for KTVN-TV Channel 2 (CBS) in Reno, Nevada. The award-winning weatherman is a holder of the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval. He is happily married with two children.​
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