In my experience, the covers of audiobooks are generally really bland. Either they're straight ports of the source materials' covers—which is fair enough, if a bit predictable—or they're cringeworthy digital manipulations of stock photos, any one of which could be a random screengrab from the Lifetime Network. I've seen more close, gauzy shots of women looking wistfully out of windows than I can recall.
There are some happy exceptions; the audio editions of Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who Found A Murder Weapon And Then Couldn't Get The Stupid Human To Look At It
series feature niftily idiosyncratic drawings of cats by the excellent Rick Geary
. And then there's the Carlotta Carlyle series of mysteries by Linda Barnes. I'd never heard of the author or the series before a few weeks ago; I'm not really a fan of mystery series in general. I've always thought that I'd like
to be, but attempts to "get into" one series or another have never really taken root.
The cover of A Trouble of Fools
, though, really made me stop and take notice.
A Trouble of Fools, 1993
There was something
about this drawing—I'm not an artist, I've never attended art school, and I don't have the working vocabulary to really put my hands around the exact elements—that I found utterly compelling. The back of the container—which, helpfully, also pegged the drawing with a date—gave me the artist's name: Amy Ning. And you can probably guess what I did next.( Collapse )