Audiobook fans, I need your opinion

The audiobook of Diary of a Broken Mind has not happened yet. It is supposed to have but our first round of auditions ended in a nondecision in early February. I need to move forward with this, however.

In talking to two people in the last week, both have said they want to hear me read it. I had not taken this on due to my vocal cord issues. Instead, we were auditioning other voices. I only have one vocal cord and my voice is unlikely to be very consistent from one day to the next. Maybe scratchy some days.

My friend Mary said, “I don’t care much about that. I just want to hear from you because it makes me feel like I’m with you.” I’ve gotten feedback from those in the publishing industry but I need to know what audiobook fans like and want.

Audiobook fans, what do you think? Does it matter to you? What does matter? What do your favorite audiobooks have that you liked? I need your feedback.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

10 thoughts on “Audiobook fans, I need your opinion”

  1. I believe that you have to stick to your comfort level. The wring is incredibly powerful and will come across as such no matter who reads it.
    I do see the value in using either your voice or Charles’s for his lyrics however, and think that would add to the audio book regardless of who the main narration is done by.

  2. Yes, you. Agree with all the above as long as it won’t be too hard physically or mentally. I know you’ve read and reread every line in your head hundreds of times. I know you’ve already given voice to Charles and yours story; if you feel you can….it would be amazing!

  3. I would want to hear your book in your voice. I’ve heard you speak several times and am always moved.

  4. I think it means more having you read your story about your son. It will have more feeling to it coming from your voice.

  5. I DO NOT THINK PEOPLE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT HOW YOUR VOICE SOUNDS. THE ONLY WAY IT COULD WORK WITH SOMEONE ELSE IS TO HAVE THEM READ YOUR BOOK THEMSELVES SEVERAL TIMES AND TALK TO YOU AT LENGTH. IN DOING THIS, MAYBE THEY COULD UNDERSTAND A LITTLE ALL OF THE PAIN AND HEARTBREAK YOU AND RANDY EXPERIENCED AS WELL AS GETTING TO KNOW CHARLES BETTER.

  6. Anne Moss,
    I think you should record the book in your own voice. You bring the book to life when I have heard you read excerpts. Your passion and all of the emotion of your writing comes through when you read it aloud.
    Only you can decide if it’s too hard on your voice or your emotions for you to read it aloud. I do know I will listen to your reading aloud if you do!
    ❤️🙏😘 Your friend, Genevieve

  7. I think you should do it. This is not a novel or mystery for entertainment. It is YOUR story that helps so many and the emotion in your voice makes it authentic. But, can you do it without adding to your own pain? I don’t know if your work helps you or tears you apart. That’s why you are a hero.

  8. Yes, we want to listen from you. Because no one else can feel that every single line. It’s the mourning of the heart.

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