Do you hear what I hear?

Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s 2017 is off to a great start. I know that many of us are facing significant challenges in the not so distant future (aka January 20th), but I’m confident that we can get through anything together, and I’m happy to have this affirming blog site where we can all escape to share our love of words.

Speaking of words, let’s talk audio books. The lesfic offerings of audio book titles seems to have grown exponentially in the last year and I’m curious – have you given them a listen?Love them, hate them or something in-between? Three of my titles have been produced as audio books and I must admit I’m still not used to hearing someone else read the words I wrote, but I’ve gotten good feedback from readers who like to get their fix by listening in.

Leave a comment below about audio books or anything else you have a mind to say by Friday, January 6th and I’ll draw three names. The winners can pick any one of my three audio titles, Reasonable Doubt, Lay Down the Law, or Courtship:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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47 thoughts on “Do you hear what I hear?

  1. I love them. They help me get through the work day. I’ve heard good ones and not so good ones. I like it when the narrator speaks the words “normally.” When a narrator pronounces every word perfectly, for me, it can become an annoying distraction.

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  2. I admit to not having given them a listen. I can’t listen at work since I’m customer facing most of the time and I have only a couple of minutes commute time total (I walk a minute each way). At home, I’m usually busy working on my own writing. I take time out to read traditional books or ebooks a little before bed.

    I’ve thought about doing some of my own work in audio format but I think it would only work well for the one romance I have out so far. My mystery series involves multiple viewpoint characters (2 MCs usually), victims, suspects and an ensemble cast of family and friends. That would be hard for a narrator to pull off.

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  3. To be completely honest I’ve never listened to an audio book. When I read, I conjure up my impression of a character and this obviously include a voice. Someone’s voice is a major part of a person, or it is for me anyway. All of us have spoken to someone on the phone, probably very often if it’s work related and had this mental image of what that person would look like. Only to discover you were completely wrong when you actually see the person for the first time. The reverse is equally true. When I read a book, I imagine what they’d sound like. And I’ve always thought if I listened to the audio version of one of my favourite books, I’d end up with an entirely different view of the character and/or the storyline. Or maybe that’s just me…

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    1. When I worked in radio, it was always exciting going to conferences and meetings! The Voice almost never matched the mental image I’d managed to conjure up! LOL

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    2. It’s not just you 🙂 I tend to be more of a reader than listener when it comes to books, but I am excited to have audio books available for the folks who like that medium.

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  4. I’ve decided to give audio books a go this year as I need to get a lot more exercise and I can make that more bearable if I’m listening to some great Lesfic while I’m at it. Win win I hope !

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  5. Audiobooks are my faithful companion on my daily commute. They keep me distracted while I slowly advance through traffic. Furthermore, I regularly switch between a book and narration. Just before turning in for the night an audiobook gives me the opportunity to continue the story and let my eyes rest before I close them for a well-earned night sleep.

    The words of a fantastic writer and the voice of a talented narrator are the perfect combinations for endless listening pleasure.

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  6. I listen to them when walking or commuting and I love them, but the narrator really does make or break them. I love narrators that get really into the story without over-hamming the acting or trying (and failing) to do accents for no discernable reason…

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  7. I haven’t listen to audio books in years. When I commuted years ago, I would go to the library and check out stacks of books on CD each week and listen to them on my drive to work. I enjoyed them and it made the drive to work less painful. I haven’t ventured back into the audio world since those days, but think I’ll take another peep. I know a lot of writers are going that avenue. Who knows, maybe a Carsen Taite on my next trip…

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  8. I have not listen to lesbian audio books yet! Which is kind of strange since I used to listen to books in PDF form in the car. That automated voice Samantha with her pronunciation, I had to get used to the cadence but I found it quite effective once I became accustomed to her. LOL I imagine that I really would enjoy audio books, but I have met many writers, and I kind of enjoy hearing their voice in my head when I read their words.

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  9. Haven’t listened to any lesbian audiobooks yet. But in the past, I have listened to a few sci-fi & mainstream books on CD during long road trips & enjoyed them.

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  10. I love audiobooks, as they make my commute and work way better. I love being able to listen to a book while working as at least I’m listening to a story if I can’t read it.
    I found audiobooks and they have truly made a difference in my life.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  11. I too have yet to try audio books. My concern is with the voice. If the voice is not pleasing, then I’m afraid I won’t listen, especially when it comes to lesfic.
    This Christmas I did get an Echo Dot, so I’m trying to utilize more voice interaction. Maybe with time I’ll become a fan?

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  12. This summer was the first time I tried an audio book – an extended road trip. This year I am going to give a couple a try now that there is more selection in the LesFic genre.

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  13. I used to be put to sleep by audio books, but recently (4 months ago) was given one and, Shazam!, I love them. I can listen and focus while doing dishes or sitting and relaxing or folding clothes or sitting and relaxing or organizing my desk or sitting and relaxing. I would love to hear one of your audio books!

    Ona

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  14. Hi, I like audio books, I’ve tried listening , but when there from American publishers, being British the American accent can be strange to listen to, I’m always willing to try again.

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    1. I really enjoy listening to the American accent despite being Scottish myself. Like you say does take a bit getting used to as when reading my inside voice is Scottish:-)

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  15. I have been a fan of audio books for a couple of years now. I really enjoy them. The Radclyffe books I have heard so far are well done.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  16. Years ago they were called ‘talking books’ and available on cassette tape to those with visual impairments thru a special department of the local library. Depending on the reader/narrator they could be compelling stories brought to life like old time radio stories, or annoying duds with a distracting voice. I’d be curious to know how the reader is chosen, who makes the decision, and how this wonderful technology has evolved over the years. Seems like audiobooks could be relaxing as a bedtime story read to you by another, if the voice is right anyway.

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  17. I love the audiobooks. I wish there were more available.
    I do have a problem with some of the narrators, most are good but there are some annoying ones who ruin the whole book.
    I don’t know if authors have a say in who reads their books but perhaps a listen would be in order.
    I have not listened to your books yet but you asked for general comments.
    I love reading all your books.
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!
    LJ

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  18. I’ve listened to a couple of lesfic audio books and really enjoyed them. Worked great for listening in car but struggled to listen at home as tend to fall asleep no matter how good a book!

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  19. I have listened to a couple and enjoyed them because I listened in the car on the way home from work. Takes my mind off of the bumper to bumper traffic. Nice distraction 🙂

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  20. I love audiobooks! I live in Dallas and my commute is generally 45 mins. – one way! I can generally get thru a book in a week. I even find myself driving around the block to delay where I’m going just to get through a chapter to good part in the book. I whole heartedly recommend!!

    #GoCowboys

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  21. I love listening to audio books. As an author, I’ve wanted to have at least two of my books on audio, but I can’t afford the talent to record. Home recordings sound unprofessional. I’ll have to wait until I either have more money or better recording equipment.

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  22. Hey Carsen! Happy 2017.
    I have a couple audio books and really like to listen to them after I love read the “real” thing. I would love to listen to one of your novels as I’ve read all of yours 🤓👍

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  23. I listen to audiobooks and podcasts ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME. Especially when walking my dog, doing chores, cooking meals – but it’s gotten so that I even prefer audiobooks during quiet times so I can also do a puzzle, color – or even play Angry Birds for hours LOL.

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  24. Last year I received an audio book for Christmas. It was a sampler of 1940 radio broadcast serials. It was great. I have never tried an audio novel. I’d like to give it a try.

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  25. I love audiobooks, because I can listen to them when I walk and when I drive. Can’t do either of those with a book or other reading device,

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  26. I love audiobooks…I have read a book then listened to the audiobook and the story seems to go to another level and better still audiobooks are a great way to while away a long drive, walk or as I do listen while I work, the day flies.

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  27. I usually read a book then search for the audio version. The different mediums allow me to enjoy the same story in different ways, both in the pace of the story and the visual track I have in my mind. In my opinion, the key to a good audio book is the performance of the narrator. I have heard good and bad narrations and the latter can ruin a perfectly wonderful book. Authors should pay attention to who they entrust with their works. I think Rad has had consistently high quality narrations of her books. I had purchased all of her audio books until the most recent release. The story was typical stellar Rad quality but the narrator did not appeal to me. It made me sad 😦
    Carsen, I met you at the LesFic Festival last spring. You were friendly and approachable and hopefully not insulted when I told you I had not read any of your books. When I inquired which of your stories to read first, you smiled and placed Slingshot into my hands. I just wanted to let you know I read that book along with all your other books in 2016. You rock! Thanks for being a bright light in rather dark year!

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    1. EJ, I remember you! Thanks for giving my books a try and I appreciate the kind words. It’s definitely true that listening is a completely different experience than reading the words on the page.

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  28. I love audio but rarely find time to listen to them as I find all my free time is spent reading lesfic. I do pay audible $15 each month for another credit though. I see it as an investment and insurance policy in case one day I travel somewhere by car or I can no longer read for lengthy periods.

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  29. I don’t get much time to listen to audio books these days but I do love them. They are great for workouts. I don’t commute any more so I have lost that time for listening. Congrats on getting the three books made into audio!!

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  30. I’have never listened to an audiobook, I’m a very visual person. I also worry a bit that the narrator’s voice wouldn’t correspond to how I imagine it should be.

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  31. Audio books are awesome, especially if the narrator is talented. I have a 90 minute commute 5 days a week. Audio books keep me sane. 🙂 and yes I’m very happy to see the increase in lesbian audio titles. For a while there the pickings were uber thin. I’m a big fan of your books, Carsen. I look forward to adding some of yours to my audio queue. Happy New Year! 😀

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  32. Greetings everyone and thanks for the all the comments! My latest novel, Without Justice, was released as an audio book today so I decided to draw 4 names instead of 3 and the random picker has selected the following winners: Sarah, Angie Malone, Lynn, and Samantha Luce, Writer. I’ve emailed all the winners, but if you don’t get an email from me, just reply here and I’ll resend. Thanks again!

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