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Graphic Audio is Dope… But Expensive

Let’s be honest: it’s hard to find time to read these days. Unless you make it your job, it can be challenging to sit down, shut everything and everyone out, and just read. Nowadays, you’ll either need plenty of free time or an alternative.

This is why audio books have become so successful in recent years. Working a boring manual labor job? How about a long drive? Or do you need to deal with that massive pile of laundry that’s been sitting on the floor for a month? Just put an audio book on the speaker, enjoy the narrator’s lovely voice, lose yourself in the story, and get the labor done.

But what if that’s not enough? What if you need something more to fulfill your lust for a good book? What if you want something a bit more dramatic? Luckily for you, there’s an alternative!

Introducing Graphic Audio! *Not Sponsored*

What is Graphic Audio, you ask? Well, it’s simple. Take an audio book. Get a full cast of voice actors for each character. Compose a soundtrack. Get some sound effects. Put it all together to create an audio experience that’s like a movie in your mind.

Oh wow, it’s almost like that’s the tagline of the website!

It’s sort of like the radio dramas of old. You know what I’m talking about? They were these awesome stories conveyed entirely through dialogue and sound effects. I used to listen to them all the time with my dad. They were dope.

These are like those. Only with proper narration and dramatic music. So… a lot cooler.

Now, there is a little drawback to these. One that comes right back around to the oldest issue in history. Money.

Yeah, turns out, paying for all those voice actors and sound effects and music ain’t cheap. So these things can be a bit… pricey. Like… hundred-dollar range pricey. Not all of them, mind you. But the longer the book, the bigger the price tag.

Which made me and my wallet cry when I wanted to listen to the Way of Kings again.

That’s certainly a major drawback on Graphic Audio. When you compare it with the much cheaper alternatives, like regular audio books, it becomes pretty hard to justify spending the money. Especially on a new book that you’re curious about.

But it does make revisiting books you’ve read before more enjoyable. It’s fun to get a fresh new version of a story you’ve consumed before. Graphic Audio is one of those things that you can pick up every now and then, when you’ve got a bit of cash to spare. Sort of like going to a really expensive movie theater.

Only way more expensive. And no one’s eating candy in your ear the whole time.

Not gonna lie, I don’t miss movie theaters.

1 thought on “Graphic Audio is Dope… But Expensive”

  1. I miss those old radio dramas… When I was in high school, one of the local radio stations had a “drama hour” on Sunday evenings. Kind of a variety show, three twenty minute segments usually one or two serials and always at least one one shot. Loved the heck out of it. Never missed it.

    I also miss movie theatres… there’s just something about the psychic (for lack of a better term) experience, the mass emotions. Especially for niche movies (such as anime films) when it tends to be that _everyone there_ is a fan of the franchise. It’s way cool to be there with so many people so into the film.

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