Heroes. There’s a reason many contemporary romance covers feature the male protagonist. Perhaps you picture a hero like Rhett Butler from GONE WITH THE WIND, with his swagger, his air of invincibility, and his overpowering machismo. Or maybe your idea of a hero is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler from the movie Say Anything. His focused courtship culminates in intimate knowledge of his girlfriend’s insecurities and needs.
Whether you’re drawn to strong alpha males or sensitive types, the hero is often the hook of the romance.
Romance in audiobook form gives listeners a sensory experience that makes the hero vividly real. Hearing the timbre of his voice, the rough humor in his quips, the intensity of his emotions is living the romance beyond the impact of words on a page. Casting choices, too, play an enormous role in our hero worship. Selecting a male narrator for a romance—as in ALL CHAINED UP and THE BEAST—can be a response to a robust cast of male characters or indicate that the hero’s perspective will receive greater emphasis.
With female narrators—BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON, FLAWLESS, ONE NIGHT CHARMER, and THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION—listeners are sometimes seeing the hero from the heroine’s point of view, allowing them greater perspective on his character. In either case, what separates good narrators from great ones is the ability to realistically voice characters of the opposite gender.
Check out this month’s audiobook heroes—they’ll melt your heart and make you laugh.
Til next Tuesday’s Tease!