Most people think of audiobooks as a single reader narrating a book word for word in linear fashion, with a splash of music at the beginning and end of the book; the vast majority of audiobooks are produced in this manner. And now a growing number of consumers are listening to books by simply activating computer-generated speech.
Technology has opened up new ways to listen to books, to--in effect--mass-produce audiobooks. However, technology has also made possible digital audio workstations that facilitate multi-layer editing and help producers create realistic sound fx and compose and mix music that make it possible for the production itself to play a significant role in the storytelling.
And that is precisely what gave rise to
For example, the latest release by
Whether it's humor, romance, mystery, literary or non-fiction, every one of Siren's productions has been tailored to fit the mood and style of the story to create a richer, more fulfilling experience. Most people are surprised to learn that the process for creating an artistic audiobook is identical to that of film production--adaptation of the story (as in "Angel in
Some compare artistic audiobooks to old time radio theatre--a valid comparison, but audio theatre has evolved, just as the film industry has evolved from producing silent movies.
Traditional audiobook production and books made audible through computer-generated speech have an important place in the market. Ease of production creates greater availability of audio versions, allowing greater access to the content of books and making it easier for book readers in general to integrate book consumption into their busy schedules. The latter benefit lends credibility to the argument that reading a book is like listening to the book, and very often, the book reader himself won't remember whether he read the book or heard the book.
However, that argument does not hold true for all audiobooks. Artistic production of audiobooks has an entirely different purpose. It exists to celebrate the art of storytelling by exploring new and better ways to experience the story aurally.
So herein lies the real difference between the majority of audiobook production and artistic production: Those who listen to an artistically produced audiobook aren't likely to ever be confused about whether they read the book or heard the book. No. Their confusion will stem from not recalling if they heard the book or saw the movie.
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