We reside comfortably in the information age. And quite frankly, more often than not, the too much information age. It is true that even for topics that we are really interested in following there can be too much to keep up with and it can be hard to prioritize what is most important to you and what you can let pass by unnoticed.
This is how I, as someone who is a pretty rabid listener of audiobooks can still discover things that had until now escaped my notice. I like to say I follow the industry and yet I still manage to overlook so much.
If there is a potential benefit to this it would be that you can be thrilled by a new discovery, even if it is something that is old news for someone else.
While browsing through the archive of the Audiobook news section of Publisher’s Weekly I came across a story from a few years ago about comics coming to audio. It mentioned a couple of different companies but the one that caught my attention was Graphic Audio. What got me interested was the fact that they have audio productions of Marvel Universe titles such as: Captain America, Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man, The X-Men and so on.
So very early this morning (thanks to a messed up sleep schedule) I started browsing the site and made my first purchase. I acquired the Marvel Civil War adaptation.
I started listening and was hooked immediately. They are full production audio dramatizations. They include a full cast, sound effects, music, the works. It sounded great and was well executed. I’m not sure I could review it in the same way I would review a traditional audiobook because it ould be difficult to evaluate multiple narrator performances.
But what I will say is that I enjoyed the listen tremendously. The 6 hours and 21 minutes flew by and I a now officially a fan. I will be buying more titles from Graphic Audio going forward. My next purchase may be Marel Super Heroes Secret Wars or something from the non-Marvel Galactic Football League.
I wish I had bothered to learn about this earlier but I’ glad I learned about it when I did. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some Graphic Audio titles make their way into my year-end awards.