Sunday 28 April 2024

Nerd Church - Random Audiobook Ramblings


Title: Random Audiobook Ramblings. Background: pink with white headphones, computer keyboard, notebook etc.

...a post brought to you by my boredom with walking, and my doctor's insistence that, if I go walkies, it'll help with my mental health. (I'm not buying it - it's never helped before, but I'll try anything.)

When there's been no rain for a couple of days in a row, it's not so bad 'cos I can go to the woods, but otherwise said woods are like a very slippery mudslide. 

So if it's been raining within 48-72 hours, then I have to walk around streets and shops and sh** so I don't trip, fall, and end up in the river/bang my head on a tree/anger one of The Fair Folk by falling into them or summat. 

*Sigh* The woods are my natural habitat, dammit!

Anywho, walking is boring, and books are awesome. 

So... audiobook time, obviously.

But... I'm currently audiobooking (the preferred verb here on Dora Reads, dontcha know,) The Samurai by Shūsaku Endō.

(It's translated, but I cannot remember the translator's name, or find it anywhere on the audio files so... sorry 'bout that.)

And the narrator - who I'm sure is a lovely dude - has a very posh English accent. 

...Probably made even more noticeable by my habit of listening at faster than normal speed because people talk too damn slowly!

(Pro-tip: if you listen at a fast enough speed everyone sounds out of breath, it's hilarious.)

And while I appreciate a narrator who makes the effort to sound different for different characters, and for speech vs narration...

...I get that he can't do a Japanese accent, OK? That's fine. That ends up in racist territory very quickly, and I really wouldn't want that.

But in places the vibe is very much more mustachioed Victorian officer faffing around the British empire, rather than 1600s Japanese feudal lord. 

And that's not really what we're going for with this book, surely?

So... maybe they could've hired a Japanese narrator?

Just a thought.

Just a wild idea.

I mean... surely that would fix the problem? 😅

What do you think? Would a different narrator help?

Are some books not appropriate for some narrators?

Why is walking so boring? (Lol.)

Talk to me! 😘💬

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