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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo)
Shika MacKenzie, Soji Shimada, Ross MacKenzie
Progress: 102/316 pages
The Bishop's Pawn (A Marc Edwards Mystery Book 7)
Don Gutteridge
Progress: 47/239 pages
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Dylan Marron, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin, Retta Andresen, Joseph Fink, Harper Audio, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
Progress: 211/722 minutes
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 140/210 pages
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Audiobook narrator preferences: male vs. female

Hm. Have any of you ever heard it said (in publishing circles, listener anecdotes, etc.) that audiobook listeners prefer male voices? A self-published author whose work I generally enjoy brought this up today, which may explain why most of her audiobooks are narrated by men. I had wondered about that - even the ones that feature a relatively equal number of male and female POV scenes, or even more female POV scenes than male, tend to have men narrating the audiobook versions.

 

I had never thought I preferred male voices over female, but I just looked at the numbers. I've given 12 audiobooks 4 stars and above. Those audiobooks represent 10 different narrators, 7 men and 3 women. That said, my ratings aren't just based on the narrations, they're also based on how much I liked the books, so these numbers don't paint a complete picture. I feel like genre probably also has an effect.

 

Have any of you other audiobook listeners out there discovered that you have a preference for male voices over female, or female over male?