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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1
Alessandro Juliani, Roger Zelazny
Progress: 123/331 minutes
Making Arrangements
Progress: 44 %
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 80/277 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 89/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

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?