How to Overcome Series Completion Anxiety
or What Next?
For anyone who has been dedicated to the fabulous works of one of our Genius Authors or Genius Performers there is always the looming issue, not so easily deferred, of what to listen to after the final available book has been consumed.
On the first occasion, for myself, this was made slightly more difficult by the underlying fact of the author's demise.
I first came to audiobooks via the radio, which included Shakespeare plays, poetry readings and the fantastically imaginative works of Douglas Adams. Though my first contact with Douglas Adam's work was via the radio performances of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it was the author's own readings of his brilliant comedic prose that started to reveal the potential of this media.
In fact it is the recordings of Douglas Adams' works that bring into sharp relief a central issue when selecting audiobooks. The performance is as defining a factor as the words that constitute the book. In addition it is a rare moment when an author, having trained for many years as a wordsmith, turns her or his hand to performance. No doubt there are great audio performances from some authors, Douglas Adams being an excellent example, but, not surprisingly, the skill of the trained performer shines through and can bring to life a text that might otherwise lay flat on the page. There are many examples of this including Stephen Fry's Harry Potter readings, very much NOT just for children, and one of our favourite performers Tony Britton reading the Dick Francis novels.
One audiobook that stands out both for the quality of it's text and the audio performance is Perfume. This book that won widespread praise when published in 1985, initially in German and then translated into English in 1986, has since been made into a successful feature film. In 1996 it was published by Penguin in audio book form. The extraordinary good fortune of selecting Sean Barrett for this text is to be gleaned by all who take the opportunity to listen to the novel. With a combination of horror and fascination you can find yourself drawn into the nefarious world of scent. There are two desperately sad things about this book. Firstly, it has to end and secondly Patrick Suskind's further novels do not appear to have scaled the same heights as his first. The great positive feeling you may encounter as you finish listening to this work is .... the deep set desire to listen to more Sean Barrett performances. If you choose this path you will not be disappointed!
(UPDATE - We at Brainfood Audiobooks - have just been made aware of a review of Perfume that appeared on the web a few years ago - http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/perfume-the-story-of-a-murderer-2007 This well respected film reviewer's phrase - "the best audio performance I have ever heard" supports our belief that this book is among the very best of the genre.)
While you take a closer look at Sean Barrett's performances you may wish to benefit from our many years of listening experience and peruse our selection of the best of the best. What we like to call......