Style/Specific types of releases/Audiobook
|Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.|
An audiobook is a book read by one or more narrators.
The release title should be the title of the audiobook. The usual guidelines for release titles apply.
The release artist should be the author(s) of the book being read, followed by a join phrase such as "read by" or "narrated by", followed by the narrator or principle voice actors. When in doubt about which actors to include in the title, follow the credits on the release cover.
In the rare case that the narrator is also the author of the book, simply use their name for the release artist.
Tracks titles should be based on the following guidelines:
Releases split into chapters
If the release has tracks based on chapter boundaries, then each track should ideally be named:
- Chapter X: "Chapter Title" if the track contains a complete chapter.
- Chapter X: "Chapter Title", Part N if a single chapter is split over multiple tracks.
- Chapters X-Y if a multiple chapters are contained in a single track.
If chapter names aren't listed on the release, attempt to find them on the internet. Many books have chapter listings online that can be used for this purpose. If chapter names are unavailable they can be left out of the track title, but this should be avoided where possible.
Releases with no chapters
Any release which doesn't split tracks based on chapter boundaries should have tracks named:
- Part N
Releases containing multiple books
Releases which contain several books should have the book name added to each beginning of each track title:
- "Book Title", Chapter X: "Chapter Title", Part N
- "Book Title", Chapter X: "Chapter Title"
- "Book Title", Chapter X-Y
- "Book Title", Part N
If one chapter ends in the middle a track and the next chapter begins in that same track, the track should be named according to Style/Titles/Multiple_titles - i.e. use two titles separated by space, slash, space. For example:
- Chapter X: "Chapter Title 1", Part N / Chapter X+1: "Chapter Title 2", Part 1
The same applies to book boundaries:
- "Book Title 1", Chapter X: "Chapter Title", Part N / "Book Title 2", Chapter 1: "Chapter Title", Part 1
The track artist should be the same as the release artist, unless it is known that one of the narrators/actors isn't featured on a particular track. In these cases, credit the author along with the known narrators/actors.
Relate all tracks on the release to the narrators or actors that appear on them, using the spoken vocals relationship.
If a track features a theme or background music, also add relationships for the performers.