The female voice.. .

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by KAH, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. KAH

    KAH New Member

    I am a new Stephen King fan. When I was younger I tried reading his books but, according to my superstitious christian parents, the author might as well have been Satan himself and so I never got very far before feeling too guilty (and creeped out) and putting them down. All grown up now, I am no longer subject to those beliefs, but I don't have time to read anymore, accept for children's bedtime stories. So, I listen to audio books while I perform mindless tasks. I have become utterly hooked on several of Stephen King's books this way. I just finished this one. It was mostly fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I got thinking about what I didn't enjoy about it though and found a common thread with issues I took with other Stephen King audio books. Its the women. I suspect that if I were reading them myself, I wouldn't have this problem.

    His narrators are really great. I love their work, I really do. But, they are men pretending to be women. Most of the time, this isn't really an issue. However, when the character fills a romantic role in the story, these men in vocal drag create a disgust factor that makes the love stories hard to believe.

    Am I right? Is it just an issue with the audio versions? I wish they'd get a female to read those lines. Keep the trend of narrators for the rest of it all. But when a woman is supposed to be lovely and fallen in love with, I think its important she have a beautiful voice. At least a female one. Just a thought.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome and glad you are joining us.
     
  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Interesting perspective! I've never actually listened to an audiobook (I like my own 'head voices' too well--lol), but it makes sense that a man reading a woman's part (and vice versa) might be jolting. I've heard that audiobooks of romance-ish novels do usually have a male and female lead.

    Welcome & thanks for posting :)
     
  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    I've listened to numerous Stephen King audiobooks and never gave it a second thought about the female voice when the narrator was a male. When I read the books, I have my own voice for each character. I guess I just think of the audiobooks as an old radio show with one narrator doing all the parts. Imagination comes into play when it is a female character being read by a male/ and vise vera. I just get so involved within the story/ journey it makes no difference who is reading what character.
     
  5. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to SKMB KAH

    I cannot imagine a man using a woman's voice when reading 11/22/63 - seems rather Monty Pythonish to me.

    Welcome to the board!

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  6. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome to the board and keep posting. I don't listen to audio books myself, but you have an interesting point.
     
  7. ghost19

    ghost19 ..."I aim with my eye."...

    Every female voice on EVERY audiobook made forever.....should be Kate Beckinsale's voice....LOL
     
  8. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    I don't have the same reaction regarding the voice gender. What drives me nuts is when the reader does really bad accents. Many a spy novel ruined by cheesy Russian accents.
     
  9. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I've only listened to one audio, Duma Key...well two, On Writing. But in Duma Key, the guy narrator nails Elizabeth I think but then I'm a guy... Have you listened to Duma Key? I'm afraid to post anything more since anything seems to be a spoiler to most folk. I also read the hardback several times. I'm trying to recall if the narrator's take on any of the other female characters made an impression. What was his daughter's name? Or Edgar's wife? Yeah, okay...but he did Elizabeth good, an older lady and some times she spoke just one word. Thought it worked well.
     
  10. Cowboy

    Cowboy Lesser-Known Member

    Howdy and welcome to the playground. Very interesting take on the whole audio thing. I have never listened to an audio version of a book so I can't really speak out on it. Although I can say I enjoy the female voice when whispered into my ear, the lights turned down low, glass of wine close by....Oh wait, that is getting off subject. Another thread for another day.
     
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  11. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    If you keep dropping Beckinsale bombs, I am going to be forced to retaliate with a Depp dropping! :lol:
     
  12. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Hey! Not fair... I didn't even go near a Beckinsale! Consider this veeeeeery carefully young man....
     
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  13. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Twasn't you, luv, it was Ghost 19. Be forewarned, fair maiden, I shall release the wrath of Depp!!!!
     
  14. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Listened to and enjoyed Duma Key. Being a female I think the narrators tone was excellent for all the female characters. He caught Elizabeth as I pictured she in my mind( hardcover read). Pam, Edgar's wife and Ilse his daughter were spot on. Chills ran down the spine with the reading of Perse.
     
  15. ghost19

    ghost19 ..."I aim with my eye."...

    Okay, Okay, I'll stop........for now:)
     
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  16. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    :biggrin2:

    Oh yes, because forewarned is... (uh?) something. I can't remember... but it is probably something to do with--YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO THE DEPPTHS OF DEPPSPAIR IF YOU GO THERE!

    :hmm: Yes, I think this was it...
     
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  17. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    You must be suffering from Depptheria....
     
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    Haunted My favorite place

  19. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Thanks Spidey, you've made me want to give this one a go on audio now... :)
     
  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Poor KAH - see what you have started now?
    You must think we are all nuts here...
     

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