I'm treating writing like a business again but this time need a little help. So I'm hoping you will give me your opinion about the use of male or female narrators for audiobooks.
Over the past few weeks, I've listened to hundreds of narration samples for my indie-published romances. I can usually tell right away whether or not someone is suited for the tone of my books. So far I have chosen a female narrator for NATHAN'S VOW and a male narrator for TOYS AND BABY WISHES. I've heard the first 15 minutes of TOYS besides two auditions, and I think this actor/narrator is perfect for the book.
So here is my dilemma and I need feedback from readers who listen to audiobooks. I listen to tons of audiobooks to give my eyes a rest or when I have insomnia. I know who I like and who I don't. A narrator can make or break a story. Many of my favorite authors use the same narrators for all their books. But that's another discussion. I'm guessing each of these books will take about a month to produce and I don't want to wait for the same narrator to do them all, though I hope I can use the ones I like best for multiple books.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you are listening to a romance which can have male and female points of view, do you like a women's voice or a man's? Or is that unique to each story? Does it matter whose point of view the novel begins in?
I'm thinking about looking for a narrator for ALWAYS HER COWBOY next. I've heard a couple of male voices I really like. But the book opens in my heroine's point of view but has the hero's also. Would it be a marketing mistake to have a male narrator perform it? How do you feel about listening to the heroine's point of view in a male voice?
I'd appreciate feedback from both readers and other writers on this one!
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