Here is my confession. I have only recently become acquainted with the work of Philip Pullman and I downloaded The Ruby in the Smoke as an audiobook. The narration by Anton Lesser was sublime and, without doubt, contributed to my decision to read more books by Mr Pullman.
I do enjoy a good audiobook, but nothing irritates more than a bad one. Rather sadly I’ve come across too many examples of badly read stories – some beautifully written – and I do wonder how much negative influence a poor audio experience can have on future book sales.
In a risky experiment I have created a short audio sample, a reading from part of a chapter of Stench, (written and narrated by me).
My question is this: Would a short audio sample tempt you to buy the book? Or would you be more influenced by a written sample?