I listen to a lot of audiobooks since I spend a lot of time in the car and 14 was a title I picked up recently. The author is Peter Clines, well known for his post-apocalyptic super hero series Ex-Heroes, and the narrator, Ray Porter, is top notch.
The best readers are able to bring the author’s words to life and make you imagine the characters in your head (while you are keeping two steady hands on the wheel and both eyes on the freeway, of course). But reading dialogue written for the opposite sex can present challenges for even the best and most experienced actors or radio voices: Female characters read by men can sometimes sound weak and flighty, while male characters read by women may come across as shifty or just downright goofy. Most of the time, these are minor annoyances that don’t mar the experi
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