Everybody Loves Raymond with my eyes closed

Everybody Loves RaymondI was on a flight last night and my eyes hurt, but I couldn’t resist trying the fancy new on-demand video system on the plane.

So I found an episode of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, started it up and promptly fell asleep.

What surprised me is that I woke up a few minutes later during a laugh-track crescendo, and started to listen to the show with my eyes closed. It was hilarious.

There were a few moments where it was clear something visually funny was going on, but I was too tired to bother looking. The show was plenty funny without the video.

I’m pretty sure that the reverse wouldn’t be true. Audiobooks from TV shows, it’s a start!

I could completely visualize the characters, right down to the expressions on Robert’s face. When the show was over, I tried to do the same thing with another tv show, some episodes of CSI.

But I fell asleep for real with that one. Of course, I don’t like CSI anyway.

Legend by David Gemmell Review

David Gemmell may not have become a classic of world fiction, but his main work – the so-called Drenai Series – has enjoyed a steady interest of fans of good fantasy for more than twenty years.

Already with his debut book, the British writer managed to prove his worth and gain a foothold in his chosen genre.

Over time, the “Legend” has grown numerous sequels and backstories, but Gemmell, unfortunately, did not create a real masterpiece. So it is recommended to start acquaintance with his work with the first novel.

In “Legend” Gemmell tells the story of the legendary warrior Druss, who is forced to defend a small fortress from the hordes of the enemy along with a small handful of allies.

The plot, frankly speaking, does not Shine with originality since the time of Homer and his “Iliad”, but it is a good classic and, most importantly, masterfully developed by Gemmell.

You read the legend with a zest, page after page, chapter after chapter: it was the fascination that kept the book from going unnoticed.

Moreover, the author forces the reader to sincerely empathize with the characters, seemingly doomed to defeat.

It’s a pity, but the audio version has lost a lot compared to the original source.

It seems that the text is the same, game lounge, and the reader, trying to keep the tone of the novel focuses on the characters – but still, it lacks sincerity to awaken in the listener a deeper feeling, in addition to interest in the development of the plot.

The result: excellent military fantasy with rapidly developing action, without frills, excessive congestion, and special depth.

Not perfect, but generally sound and high-quality release.
Highest quality audio and narration by Sean Barrett.

Where do Audiobook Listeners Come From?

thinkingI did internet research last week to see where people got their audiobooks. The results were a bit surprising.

I expected that most of the audiobook listeners would previously have been a) online, and b) paying for their audiobooks.

Much to my surprise, I found that the single largest source of audiobook listeners is from the Library system. Libraries and retail bookstores (Barnes and Noble) each account for about 35% of total audiobook listeners.

Some websites report that their customer base has twice as many former library users as former retail purchasers. And internet-based rental and sale were distant runners-up.

I’m still trying to figure out what this means. Are library users more dissatisfied with their source? Or are they such voracious listeners that they’re always looking for more?

Regardless, it would appear that audiobook websites should be targetting library users to get them to add audiobook subscriptions to their portfolio.

Trouble is there’s no easy way to get to them other than standing in the library, skulking behind the audiobook carousels. A dilemma.