SO MANY exciting audio book updates today!
First of all, after a very looong wait, The Queen’s Crown is finally available on Audible! Once again this book was narrated by the combined talent of Avery Caris and Charlie Thurston. I hope you enjoy it!
I do want to acknowledge that this book was significantly delayed compared to the first two books, but unfortunately there wasn’t anything I could do about it. The first two books of the Court of Midnight and Deception series have been available for weeks but I can’t control how quickly Audible’s review process finishes, and they told me they were extra busy right now when I reached out to them. 🙁 But I’m glad it’s finally ready! If you were waiting for the final book go and get it!
The other update for the Court of Midnight and Deception series is that the issue with Crown of Shadows chapter eight (5 minutes of junk audio at the end) has been resolved, and you can now get the clean version on Amazon. If you delete the book from your device and redownload it from the store you will get the correct version. Special thanks to the Champions who helped me test this out to confirm we could get the new version!
Last, but definitely not least, I am happy to announce that you can also get the complete Snow Queen series as one single audio book download! All three books are narrated by the wonderful Courtney Patterson and Nick Thurston. Get The Snow Queen: The Complete Saga audio book.
This is the first audio boxset I’m releasing so I’m interested in what you think (please comment below if you liked this!). If this is well received there might be more audio boxsets coming in the future!
I’m also interested in hearing about what you think of the narrators! I’ve selected different narrators for each of my audio book projects so far – do you have a favorite? Do you like the two narrator style I’ve been using or do you prefer a single narrator through the whole book?
Jeanene Johnson says
I really love Boxed Sets. There are some books (eg Magiford) where I am willing to spend a whole credit on each book. And there are other books (such as Snow Queen) that I only buy on sale or as sets.
I prefer separate narrators when there are separate POVs.
I absolutely loved ALL the audio books. I did like the box set option very much. The various actors were great! Though I have read these books multiple times, listening to them was a great refreshing way to relive the adventures.
I’ve bought all the audiobooks but haven’t had a chance to listen to them yet. But you asked for our opinions on single versus dual narration and I have a STRONG opinion on that. I love dual narration when they are blended together. So there is one narrator who does all the male presenting characters and one for the female, and the narration is either whoever is POV for the entire book or switches with POV. I HATE when dual narration completely switches that each narrator does each character. You end up with two sets of voices for each character and it drives me nuts. I’ve actually skipped buying a couple of books when I realized from the snippet that was the set up. So my opinion is if you have them completely switch, just stick with one narrator, if you don’t then give us the dual! I realize it’s more difficult to do the switch, but when it’s done well it really works. I am really looking forward to listening when I get some free time, maybe I should set up to listen while I unpack in my new place…
I really like the two narrator style and Avery Caris sounds just how I imagined Leila would sound. For the snow queen saga: I don’t think, there are enough chapters from Farrins POV to really justify a male narrator (even though it would have been nice).
I think most readers prefer listening to the audio as one file since it is cheaper and more organized in your library. That said, if you are publishing the audiobooks at the same time as the book, I think a lot of readers would not want to wait for the conclusion of the series to enjoy the audio. If it were up to me, I’d like to purchase the Pack of Dawn and Destiny series in one go and every upcoming series at the same time the book is published.
Since I really, really love your King Arthur series, I do hope it will also be available in audio format. There are quite a bit of books to this series and I would really like it, if they would be available as one (or at most three) boxset(s). Maybe you could include the bonus scenes from your homepage?
Christina Vetere says
Loving the two person narration. I do like when the people do all the voices, like one person talks different for each character. I really loved the boxed set. And I think you said before that you can’t put the short stories in the audio, but maybe you could make a book with all the short stories together? Especially for timeless fairy tails. I know you have a lot going on right now, but a thought for the future. 😊
Amazing as always, kitty!!
I like being able to listen to the whole series, including the SnowFlakes short stories, as one large audio book. It makes it so you don’t have to go look up which book is next in the series and then go search for in the audible library so you get the books in order. Also, I love having the two narrators for when the story’s point of view switches back and forth between the heroine and the hero. I think it sets the books apart from the one narrator books very well. It’s a really nice touch. With that said, I do like how you are releasing the Magiford trilogies as three separate books in quick succession. Since books on kindle are now grouped by series and automatically placed in the series order, knowing which book comes next isn’t such an issue. If Audible did the same it would improve their system SO MUCH! Maybe I should make that suggestion to them. 😉
I haven’t been able to get the box set yet, so I can’t say anything about how this box set was handled. I do have 2 initial reactions to the concept. As a reader, I love being able to listen to the whole series without having to switch files. I also love that I can get it for 1 credit instead of 3 credits. At the same time, I know that means the author gets much less income from my purchase of the series.
As a reader, I prefer the all-in -one version. (That also avoids issues like with Queen’s Crown taking so much longer to upload.) If you as an author don’t care about maximizing audiobook revenue, absolutely do the box sets for smaller series! If revenue from the audiobooks is a strong consideration, then things get a LOT more complicated, and you’ll probably want advice from an unbiased economist or something 😅
I am so thrilled with the Snow Queen audio!!!
Rakel and Farrin are my favorite couple, and I enjoy reading her series so much. Now I get the pleasure of listening to it as well.
Thank you very much for sharing your book world with us!