Audiobook Update: Cursed and Taken

B1878_TakenJacka_D100As some of you might remember, the big news last month was that the Alex Verus series was finally being brought out in audio format by Tantor.  Since then two more have come out:  Cursed was released on January 6th, and Taken just came out this week, on January 27th.  That just leaves Chosen, which will be coming out next month on February 17th.

You might notice that the audiobooks are being released an awful lot faster than the print and ebooks were.  Apparently it’s a lot faster to get a recording made than it is to have a book edited, copyedited, re-copy-edited, and proofread.  Which shouldn’t be a surprise really, but it’s the first time I’ve had audio copies of my books made !

In other news, the Tantor pages have audio samples of all four of the books, so you can have a listen on their pages here:


Oddly enough, I haven’t actually listened to any of the books yet.  It’s not because of the publisher or the narrator, it’s just that the idea of listening to somebody else read my books just feels really weird.  I have a very specific idea of how all of my characters sound in my head, and listening to someone else’s take on it is incredibly strange for me – it’s kind of like listening to a recording of your own voice.  But for those of you who’ve bought the audio versions, I’m curious – do the characters sound like you imagined them, or different?

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4 Responses to Audiobook Update: Cursed and Taken

  1. The question is what do you think of his accent? He is an American and not British!

  2. Ben says:

    Hello Benedict, I am just following up on your request for feedback on the Audiobook.

    I have to say that I am impressed. I have listened to a lot of Audiobooks because they allow me to listen to books when I am on the go and unable to read. This audiobook is one of the best that I have ever heard. The narrator is doing more than just reading, which is always a good thing.

    I think that the British accent that is used in the Audiobook is great. He does a really good job of capturing the sarcasm, wit, and dry humor. I hope that you will be doing simultaneous releases of Audiobooks in the future as new books are released.

  3. Sean says:

    As an avid audiobook listener, I usually start the audiobook first and read the ebooks when I’m not doing something else at the same time. This means that the characters in my head start to sound like the audiobooks, which isn’t a bad thing. The audiobooks are done really well; the humor and action each have their own expression and the characters’ voices each make sense. As a letter of fact, I was surprised to hear that the audiobook performer was an American, because his accent is very complete (speaking as an American, so take it for what it’s worth).

  4. Lynn Kennon says:

    I stumbled across the first ebook and have been hooked sense. I look forward to even more adventured. I would love to see Luna grow in her mental age and powers. I really like the addition of the new would be family, Alex needed them as much as they need him. Can’t wait for the next book.


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