Bookish News, Cool Stuff  |  01.22.2020

Duet Narration in Audiobooks

Until a few months ago I wasn’t an audiobook type of person. As a fast reader, I thought they were slow and I couldn’t focus on the story. I’m constantly fidgeting and it was painful to sit around trying to listen to the story unfold. However, after a few recommendations, I started to realize that:

  1. Audiobooks weren’t meant for you to ”sit around” and listen to them. They are amazing for when you need to keep your brain occupied during boring tasks – like cleaning, folding laundry, cooking, walking places, or any other chores you might have. Cleaning my house became a fun process because my mind is now fully occupied with interesting stories.
  2. Voice actors matter. A ”weird” voice or a flat actor can completely destroy your listening experience. So, be sure to listen to samples and search for reviews before you commit to buying an audiobook. Sometimes the story is great, but if the voice is off you won’t be able to immerse yourself in it.

Having that in mind I started getting more and more into audio, and eventually I subscribed to Audible Escape. AE works very similarly to Kindle Unlimited, you pay a monthly fee and you can borrow Romance titles from the Audible Escape library. Also, just like KU you can borrow up to 10 titles at once, but you can easily return them to pick another.

Why am I saying all of this? Because after listening to a lot of new content one took me completly by surprise: Duet Narrations.

You see, audiobooks (especially in the Romance genre) are usually narrated by a male character and a female character. In books with dual POV, the male will read the hero’s chapters and the female the heroine’s character. However, there’s no interaction between the two. If there’s dialogue, the male voice actor will do a softer voice to indicate the heroine and the female actor a rougher voice to indicate the hero in chapters read by her.

Usually, this is not a big problem, but it can take away from the experience. Especially in very emotional dialogues. But, in DUET NARRATIONS there’s actually back and forth, the male and female actors interact and each one has their individual lines. It’s a lot easier to get into the story and the listening experience improves 100% because of it.

So here are a few examples of some amazing audiobooks that feature a Duet Narration:

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata:

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.

This audio was just SO good! The actors were perfect and this sweet slow-burn romance became even more adorable in their voices. Bonus: Available in the Audible Escape library.

Find the audiobook here.

Challenge (Harris Brothers #1) by Amy Daws

He’s her patient. She’s his doctor. They shouldn’t. But God, do they want to.

Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital. But his busted knee doesn’t stop him from running his well-practiced game on Indie Porter—his redheaded spitfire of a doctor. She’s not his type, not even close. But she could be the perfect distraction from the soul-crushing damage this injury could cost him.

Indie’s tired of her naivety putting a target on her back. As a gifted child, she’s let her education take the front seat her whole life. But a fling with a footballer like Camden might be just what she needs to grab life by the balls.

And he could be the perfect guy for the plan she’s been sitting on for over two years.

But when feelings make a final play, there’s no amount of medicine that can heal the damage to their hearts.

Another very sweet book and a classic Sports Romance. Again, the duet narration just made it more perfect. Also, check out the other books in the series as most of them will feature duets.

Bonus: Available in the Audible Escape library.

Find the audiobook here.

Girl on the Edge by C. D. Reiss

He’s her husband, but he’s not the man she married

Caden and Greysen come home from deployment to build a life together. Everything is perfect, until Caden starts changing into a different man — one with a savage edge that’s as dangerous as it is seductive.

Who is her husband?

What has he become?

And why?

With time running out and forces bigger than their marriage working against them, Greysen needs to put together the pieces before Caden takes it all too far…

I have yet to listen to this one, but I’ve heard amazing things about it.

Find the audibook here.

What are your thoughts on this new type of narration? How do you think that impacts the story and overall listening experience?

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12 Comments “Duet Narration in Audiobooks”
  1. Courtney      Jan 22 2020 // 02H15

    Girl on the Edge and Challenge look good! I have a hard time getting into anything but nonfic audios, but I’ll have to give these a try!

    • lazybookconqueror      Jan 22 2020 // 02H31

      I have a hard time getting into nonfic… lol.
      But… this year I’m trying to expand the genres I usually go for and find things outside of my comfort zone. What nonfic audiobooks would you recommend? 🙂

      • Courtney      Jan 22 2020 // 02H35

        Oh I love true crime audios! This month I’ve read Call Me God and Evil Has a Name. Both written and narrated by Jim Clemente who is an FBI Profiler. My dream job tbh 🙈 Both were so interesting!

        • lazybookconqueror      Jan 22 2020 // 03H02

          I will definitely look them up! Thank you for the rec 🙂

  2. Berit @ Audio Killed the Bookmark      Jan 22 2020 // 07H12

    I’m the complete opposite to you and prefer duel narration to duet, I’m not sure why but I can’t seem to connect to duet as much, which is strange lol

    Great post

    V Nerd x

    • lazybookconqueror      Jan 22 2020 // 07H56

      Wow! That’s interesting though, I thought duets were a game changer the first time I listened to one, but I suppose that it works differently for everyone 🧡

  3. ML      Jan 22 2020 // 09H50

    I didn’t know this type of audibooks existed! Now I want to give them a try! Thank you for the recommendations! 💙

    • lazybookconqueror      Jan 23 2020 // 09H26

      I just found about them recently and I’m on love 🙂 I hope you like them too.

  4. Megan @ Ginger Mom and Company      Feb 04 2020 // 07H21

    Oh my gosh yes! The narrator can make or break a book, in my opinion. I have one that I was sent for review and, as much as the story intrigues me, I can’t get into it because the narration just doesn’t suit my tastes.

    Thanks for sharing! Happy reading 🙂

    • lazybookconqueror      Feb 07 2020 // 03H22

      Exactly! The same thing happened to me, there’s a book that I love, but the voice actor makes me cringe and I can’t get into it! Netgalley now has an option for people to review audio excerpts form future books, and then people vote on what they thought of the voice acting, etc.

  5. Karalee      Feb 07 2020 // 03H14

    I love listening to audiobooks especially when doing chores! Most of the audiobooks I’ve listened to the voice actor changes their voice to fit each character, but I have listened to What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera that had 2 voice actors for the main characters & I enjoyed it!

    • lazybookconqueror      Feb 07 2020 // 03H23

      Yes, the only way for me to do my chores is with an audiobook now 😂
      And I’ll definitely check that out! This dual narration thing is new, but I’m hoping we get more and more of them in the future.