Coming Of Conan The Cimmerian Audio Disappointing Narrator
Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:39 PM
I am specifically thinking here of the audio version of Robertson Dean's reading of Bran Mak Morn: The Last King. His rhythmic and brutal delivery was perfect for a Howard S&S tale, and he really made the fight scenes compelling and tense.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:50 PM
"The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination."
Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:30 PM
The text is the same, but the presentation is more like hearing an audio play than it is someone reading a book to you.
I'd love to hear Conan done this way.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:59 AM
Yeah, I agree that hearing Conan as an audio drama would be fantastic. Even without the sound effects & music audio dramas often employ, I think Conan would be amazing to hear read by an ensemble cast.
Especially if you could find all sorts of interesting (and maybe unplaceable) accents for all the exotic characters. I have a friend that's an audio engineer that has encouraged me to take that project on for fun...but, you know: life.
I did try tinkering with the audio when I was joining the tracks into chapters, and found that I could convincingly tweak the pitch of voices to actually give the impression of an ensemble. Doing different pushs and pulls on the already great range of voices presented rendered a convincing cast of individuals. Except the female voices. It just totally fell apart for the female voices so I gave up. Raising the pitch on female voices created the effect of a forty-something year old smoker masquerading as a woman.
Oh, and the other problem with the official audiobooks is that they give you almost enough to honestly say they haven't abridged the volumes (including some of the drafts & fragments), but for some reason they don't give you Nestor, Yaralet, Shumballa, or The Hyborian Age (as well as a few other extras).
Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:04 PM
Overall I think McLaren's performance is very good. I would also agree that the female voices are one of the weaker points but I'm not sure what else McLaren could have done without these recordings being a full-blown audio drama with different voice actors. But I can disregard this minor criticism because all the other voices are so good, especially Conan. Great accents and intensity!
However, these recordings were my introduction to audio books so I have a limited amount of experience with such things and maybe others are better. I have since listened to some HPL audio books and I still liked McLaren's Conan readings more.
But, really. Can you ever go wrong with some REH Conan?
Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:45 AM
btw i have listened to TONS of audiobooks.