Forums are such an interesting place to hang out (when you have the time). This week I participated in an interesting thread about listeners who speed up their audiobooks. It’s a good topic for me to think about as I edit The Body In The Bathtub, due out at the end of this month.
Some people love the chipmunk effect.
Others want it faster than normal, but still sounding like a human.
When I “Accuracy Check” on my recordings, I listen at 1.85x. This is a comfortable speed for me to hear the words on the audio and also read along, seeing every word on the page, just to hear that I read ’em right.
Editing happens at 1.0x of course so that the timing sounds right to someone straight-up-listening. It is during this editing pass that I catch “acting” errors. Those happen sometimes when I choose bad interpretations of the words and only realize just how bad it is when I hear it on the recording. Then as the director, I have to send me, the actor back to the microphone to do a “pickup.” I also catch timing errors here (which I can fix easily).
But when I do my final QA, or “Quality Assurance” check, I listen at both 1.0x and 1.5x (because I know I’ve certainly sped up audiobooks before).
What speed do you listen at? Does it change depending on genre, topic, or narrator?
I would NEVER speed up Zachary Quinto reading The Dispatcher because I can’t get enough of his voice (The book, by Scalzi, is great, BTW).
I couldn’t get through On Writing by Stephen King without a speed change (it has nuggets of wisdom, but parts of that book are not fun to slog through).
Martha Stewert’s The Martha Rules is only palatable at higher speed rates. It is so monotone at regular speed that it is hard to believe she isn’t an android.
Do you have audiobook hits or misses that you love, in whole, or in part because of the speed of narration?