Audiobooks are inherently better than print/ebooks.
Yes, that’s what I said and yes, you can argue with me. I am quite comfortable with that.
But first, let me explain (or bore you with) why I believe this to be so. I started my own little book review blog this past summer and I accept books for review. I can work with audio, ebook, or print. I started off with several audiobooks for review through Audiobook Jukebox. Through them, I had access to a variety of books, some produced by well-known publishers such as Blackstone Audio, Brillance, etc. Other books came from smaller publishers, like Iambik Audio and Mind Wings Audio. I have even had the pleasure of listening to self-published books such as Colony by Scott Reeves.
The vast majority of these review audiobooks have been Good to Beyond Excellent. Truly, I haven’t really had a negative experience even though several were outside my normal genres of scifi, fantasy, and historical fiction.
I have also been accepting ebooks and print books for review. The quality of these books has varied greatly from Why Are You Sending Me A Second Draft to Completely Awesome. Honestly, several of these books, even print which I think is more expensive to produce, have had serious flaws in story development: timeline issues, is it possible in the world you created?, characters melding together, staging issues (such as a weapon is suddenly no longer in the scene).
So, why the difference?
I think it is because someone, perhaps a publisher or even the author, must read the book through out loud in order to turn it into an audiobook. Therefore, several errors are noticed right off and either corrected or the publisher chooses to pass on that book for audio production.
Have you run into books that could have benefited from an ‘out loud’ read through? Do you find audiobooks in general to be of higher quality in the sense of story crafting?