D.E.A.R. – My To Be Listened List (Sound Bytes)

Do you remember D.E.A.R? At my elementary school that meant “Drop Everything And Read,” something we typically did for 10 or 15 minutes every day. Best part of my day, really. As my TBR and Library piles are battling for supremacy and trying to sneak in around the review copies who have staked out places on my calendar, I’m thinking back to the simpler days of D.E.A.R., when I believed I had time to get to any book I wanted. And that, of course, got me fantasizing about a world where I really could just Drop Everything And Read for more than just 15 minutes a day.

Sometimes it is easier to sneak in an audiobook here and there than something in print, what with the ability to do things like cook dinner, do laundry, or run errands while listening. Even so, I’ve been bogged down recently commitments and am finding myself with an extra huge backlog of audiobooks that I’m dying to listen to. In no particular order:

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberol, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, narrated by Ann Marie Lee

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott by Emily Bauer

The Greater Journey by David McCullough, narrated by Edward Herrmann

Clara and Mr. TIffany by Susan Vreeland, narrated by Kimberly Farr

What is on your To Be Listened list?

I encourage you to review your audiobooks on Fridays and include the link here. If you have reviewed an audiobook earlier in the week, please feel free to link that review as well. Thanks to Pam for creating the button.

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18 comments to D.E.A.R. – My To Be Listened List (Sound Bytes)

  • The waiting list for Maine at the library was too long and I finally just read the book instead of listening to it. Listened to The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass, which had some similarities (both being partially about a family property that has risen greatly in resale value over the years the children grew into adulthood) but I think was overall the better book. Probably the difference between the first novel (Maine) and one by an older/more experienced author?

  • My TBL list is huge. I will definitely come back and see what you thought of The Greater Journey — because lately I just love listening to nonfiction via audio.

    Here’s my current TBL:
    Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt
    Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome
    The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
    And Both Were Young by Madeline L’Engle
    Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
    A Distant Mirror by Barbara somethingorother (this is on the back burner because it’s not a review copy or from the library like the ones above)

    I still have a few more audiobook holds from the library, too.

  • Ooh – all of these solund good. Several are on my TBR list but not necessarily the audio versions.

    I’ve currently got several on my ipod already in queue:
    The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
    Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
    The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

    The ones I have on there for re-reads are:
    Watership Down by Richard Adams (the audio is read by Ralph Cosham so I had to get it)

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (again the only reason I have the audio for a reread is because of who it’s read by which in this case is Jim Dale).

  • The Boy is the Suitcase sounds pretty good. Looking forward to your review.

    On my TBL:
    The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    Lunatics by Dave Barry
    The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury
    Death Benefit by Robin Cook
    Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
    Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell

    Think I will listen to Cinder next. Hope you enjoy your books when you get the chance to listen to them!

  • This looks like a great list of audio…. I am about due to put a post up like I did last year calling for good audio suggestions. Like you, I can get to audio faster in busy times then I can sit and read a book. Already this morning I got in 30 minutes on my kitchen audio book and 15 minutes of the audio going in my bedroom. Book time today? None so far….

    I get in audio every day and I can not say that about books as much as I wish that was true… it is not.

  • Oh dear. You inspired me to actually enter all of the audio titles on my MP3s onto my reading spreadsheet. There are 22 of them. And that doesn’t even take into account the things on my holds and wish lists. It is a darn good thing I can listen to books all day at work.

    My To Be Listened list:

    Angel with Two Faces by Nicola Upson
    Blackout by Connie Willis
    China Trade by S. J. Rozan
    Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
    Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
    Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught
    I Wonder as I Wander by Langston Hughes
    In a Strange City by Laura Lippman
    Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas
    My Bonny Light Horseman by L. A. Meyer
    Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
    Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
    The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    The Greater Journey by David McCullough
    The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
    The Magician King by Lev Grossman
    The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
    The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

  • [Snort] I have an obscenely long TBL queue! So far, the titles I have lined up:

    The Year of the Flood (by Margaret Atwood; narrated by Mark Bramhall, Bernadette Dunne and, Katie McNichol);
    Washington: A Life (by Rob Chernow; narrated by Scott Brick);
    A Quantum of Solace (by Ian Fleming; narrated by Simon Vance);
    The Kite Runner and/or A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Hosseini; the former narrated by the author, the latter narrated by Attossa Leoni);
    Julius Caeser (by William Shakespeare; performed by a full cast) and;
    Three Cups of Tea and/or Stonees into Schools (by Greg Mortenson; the former narrated by Patrick Lawlor, the latter narrated by Atossa Leoni)

    Of course, this is subject to change on impulse and, often new releases bully their way in! Plus, there’s that work thing, LOL!

    I’ve already listened to three audiobooks this year; but I haven’t posted the reviews yet. I’m trying something new on my blog wherein each month has a theme of sorts. So, the reviews have been drafted and pre-scheduled, just not appeared yet :-/

  • Just linked my last double review for 2011 audio books! Heresy, and Prophecy, by SJ Parris, with the awesome voice of John Lee. Thanks for your meme

  • The Greater Journey was my best non-fiction book of 2011 – printed. here is my review: http://wordsandpeace.com/2011/06/13/my-review-45-the-greater-journey/

  • My list is huge. I have been asking for recommendations lately. I will probably join up with audible or something in the not-so-distant future because my library doesn’t have anything that people suggest… Sad…

  • Congratulations on the twins news. Please don’t feel stressed over not blogging so much. Just remember, reading is supposed to be fun, and at this time of your life, you especially want positive things to be happening.

    I never thought of having a separate TBL list but I do keep them listed on a spreadsheet. Right now I’m loading up my MP3 and NOOK for a trip from Maine to Hilton Head SC next month. Sure keeps packing down to a minimum now that the airlines charge such #)($*_)%&B fees for baggage.

    BTW — I listened to both NIGHT CIRCUS and MAINE late last year- they are absolutely excellent listens. As was SEA of POPPIES.

    Here’s my TBL list:
    And Furthermore by Judi Dench
    The Book of Old Houses by Sarah Graves
    Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    Cat’s Eyewitness by Rita Mae Brown
    Elizabeth I by Margaret George
    Cleopatra’s Memoirs by Margaret George
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    Grave Diggers Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
    In the Woods by Tana French
    The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller
    A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
    Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
    The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory
    Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
    The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
    River of Smoke by Amitrov Ghosh

    I think those should keep me busy!!

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