Over on Twitter, a few of my fellow Carina authors are celebrating that their books are about to released as audiobooks through Audible.com. One of the authors was contacted by one of the people who was going to read their book, asking about a pronunciation. (I think that’s such a great thing to do–can you imagine writing a book and a name or something being pronounced wrong all the way through it?)
Now, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks — my attention drifts and I start tuning it out the way I would a radio playing in the background. Next thing I know, the disk is done. However, one of my writing buddies loves listening to audiobooks in her truck as she delivers the mail. Her favorite is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series narrated by Davina Porter. (If you click on the link, there’s an option to preview/hear Davina’s narration.)
But the Carina authors were talking about what guys they’d love to hear reading their books. So they’ve started up a Twitter hashtag #SexyVoices discussing what actor or celebrity you’d want to hear reading an ebook. (Feel free to play along.)
So far the nominees are Sean Connery, Sean Bean, Alan Rickman, Clive Owen and Henry Cavill. (What is it about Brits/Scots men that is sooo attractive?) Oh, the Yanks have been appearing on the list too — Jeff Bridges, John Goodman (yeah, he’s got a sexy voice), Michael Douglas, James Earle Jones, Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek: TNG and Deep Space Nine as well as many of the movies), Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And the Aussies and Canucks are represented as well with Hugh Jackman, Donald Sutherland and his son Keifer (did anyone miss the Vancouver Olympics? That was Donald narrating the opening of the games. Rawr!)
Then we started branching out to not only actors but musicians. Inez Kelley suggested Trace Adkins in this video (embedded has been disabled so you’ll have to go listen to it on YouTube.) O.M.G. Yes, that man has one sexy voice. Even if you don’t like country music, listen to the first few lines when Trace is speaking…
Then Inez pointed us to this video. Don’t watch it without tissues handy.
Anyway, that got me thinking: are there any voices that stick with you, that you’d love to listen to narrate an audiobook? (And is it weird to you when you hear a love scene narrated? Or is that just me who gets a fit of the giggles?)