Audiobook Week Meme- Audiobook Week Discussion

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Here’s something quick and easy for the middle of the week, just a short meme. Just copy/paste (and obviously change the answers to your own).

Audiobook are you currently reading/you read most recently: Feed by Mira Grant

Impressions?: LOVE. Like, hope for terrible traffic jams so I can keep listening love it.

How long you’ve been listening to audiobooks: I’ve done a little listening on and off in the past, but I started really getting into audiobooks last January or so, so about 18 months.

First audiobook you ever listened to: First one was some listen/readalong thing when I was super little. A couple of years ago I downloaded a couple of books from Librivox: “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Little Princess”. My listening fizzled there, though, when I got to bad narrators, since all Librivox narrators are volunteers. At the beginning of my REAL audiobook listening, “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova was my first title, and I listened to it on a driving weekend away with my husband before our baby was born.

Favorite audiobook title: So difficult! For sheer amazing audiobook experience, probably “The Help.” I could probably listed 10 other ‘favorites,’ though.

Favorite narrator: Honestly, I’m not really sure. I have loved Erik Davies, Robert Petkoff, and Robertson Dean, though. There are lots of female narrators whose work I think is fabulous, but I really love me some sexy-voiced men.

How do you choose what to listen to versus read? Sheer luck, really. Usually it is based on what I’m trying to fit into my reading schedule that my library happens to have in audio. I try to avoid plots with non-linear chronological structure, though, because I find I don’t do well with them.

21 comments to Audiobook Week Meme- Audiobook Week Discussion

  • i’m curious what other 10 (or so) would end up on your favorites list.

    • Off the top of my head (since I’m not near my reading spreadsheet): “America, America,” “The Thirteenth Tale,” “Bad Things Happen,” “Feed” by Mira Grant, all of the “Harry Potters,” maybe “So Cold The River…”

  • Oh, I didn’t realize “Feed” WAS on audio. I might have to hunt that one down. I tried reading it, but I think it might be a much stronger experience on audio.

    • There are at least 2 books called “Feed.” One is by M.T. Anderson or something and is YA. I actually tried to listen to that one and didn’t like it and abandoned it, even though it supposedly has won awards. Too much use of outside sound effects for me. This one is by Mira Grant and is this post-apocalyptic story about new v. old media, politics, culture, and it is fascinating.

  • It would be difficult to choose a favorite narrator, but for me Steven Weber would be right up there.

  • No contest for me on the favorite narrator (ha! big shocker!).

  • Some of my favorite narrators include: Scott Brick, Jim Dale, David Aaron Baker, John Lee and Simon Vance

  • I keep adding audio to my line up but it’s mostly a stab in the dark for what I’ll read. I’m hooked right now on playaways and my library only has 200 titles to choose from.

  • Still relatively new to audiobooks but so far I’ve been lucky to enjoy some great books!

  • LOL, I take the long way home to keep listening!

  • Published this meme on my blog. I’m surprised i’m the first one to mention my favorite narrator Davina Porter she does the Outlander series and makes it come alive!

  • I have been working on moving this week so I am joining audiobook week a little late..sorry. but I have been listening to audiobooks all week since I have been in the car so much so this is perfect for me :)

    • I think you can be forgiven not participating when you’re in the middle of a move! Glad you’ve been able to enjoy some audiobooks while you’re doing it, though. Anything special you’re listening to?

      • Not really anything special. I am a big fan of the paranormal adult and ya and the Vampire Academy is always one people talk about, but I never really got a chance to read them so I am listening to those right now. Weird thing though, in the first audiobook one of the characters is giving this thick Russian accent and in the second audiobook it completely disappears. It is so strange….but it has been nice on my long car rides :)

  • Susie, you’re in good company! Beth Fish Reads also commented on Davina Porter today at her site.

    THE HELP was wonderful on audio. there’s always something a bit special about a cast of narrators.

    I’ll be talking tomorrow about some of my favorite narrators, so I’ll save that for then.

  • Wow! Some of those questions were tough! I love doing this, this has been really fun–especially to see what everyone else is saying about audiobooks.

    Thanks!

  • dogearedcopy

    Audiobook are you currently reading?:
    MATTERHORN
    (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot)

    Impressions?:
    The writing and narration take you to the time and place immediately and effectively. This is an insane, intense, hard-core war story that puts the reader/listener in a Bravo Marine’s boots. This is not just for war vets though; it’s for everyone. I’m not done yet, but it’s already heading toward my pantheon of all-time great books/audiobooks.

    How long you’ve been listening to audiobooks?:
    Not counting the Disney records with booklets that I listened to as a kid, I’ve been listening to audiobooks for the past 15 years.

    First audiobook you ever listened to:
    The first audiobook (again not counting the records and books when I was little) was Umberto Eco’s FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM (unabridged; narrated by Grover Gardner.) I was asked to proof it.

    Favorite narrator/Favorite audiobook titles:
    Grover Gardner (for so much but especially for The Kindly Ones (by Jonathan Littell,) Waiting for Columbus (by Thomas Trofimuk) and, A Happy Marriage (by Raphael Yglesias) – which I really believe is his best work ever);
    Simon Vance (for everything but especially for his narration on the J. Maarten Troost travel memoirs and for The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson);
    Bronson Pinchot (Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes);
    Humphrey Bower (Shantaram (by Gregory David Roberts));
    Gerard Doyle (The Dead Trilogy by Adrian McKinty)
    Wanda McCaddon/Nadia May (What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] (by Zoe Heller) and A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman);
    Simon Prebble (1984 (by George Orwell);
    James Marsters (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher);
    Sissy Spacek (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

    How do you choose what to listen to versus read?
    It depends on which gets put in my path first, the hard copy or the audiobook; but if I don’t like the narrator or production quality of the audiobook, I’ll quickly drop it and pick the it up in print instead.

  • Carla

    I’m just finishing up Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer in audio.
    I have enjoyed: Lord Foulgrin’s Letters by Randy Alcorn, Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, the Harry Potter series, the Narnia books, Stiff by Mary Roach, Travel with Charley and Of Mice and Men both read by Gary Sinise, the Shack, the Aurora County All-Stars read by Kate Jackson, can’t forget the Father John and Vickie Holden mystery series, and for fun can’t beat Hank the Cowdog.
    sorry, got carried away. so much fun seeing what everyone likes.

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