Learning About Audiobooks – Audiobook Week Discussion

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Today’s prompt:

Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us! We’d particularly love to know what narrators or publishers are active in social media or do a great job communicating with listeners.

Hey, so, I don’t have an answer for you guys today. We had some family stuff going on earlier this week and I just never got a chance to write this post. That’s also why I have only had one review this week instead of the three I planned, and why I’m super behind on visiting all the posts you all linked up this week (I promise I’ll get there).

Now, in the mean time, I really want to know where you learn about audiobooks. And going forward, I hope you’ll share your audiobook reviews here on Fridays for Sound Bytes.

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Audiobook Tasks – Audiobook Week Discussion

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Today’s prompt:

What do you do while you listen? Any particular tasks or games that you find amazing for audio time?

As I said on Monday, this spring and summer I’ve been doing a lot of yard work and long walks with the babies while listening. One thing I’m always on the lookout for, though, are more games to play on my (Android) phone while I listen. When I’m too tired to actually read, I like to lay around and listen to my audiobook and play a game. The games have to be interesting enough to keep my attention, but they cannot have anything to do with words or require too much concentration or I’ll lose track of where I am in the audiobook. I’m posting screenshots of a few of my favorites, and I hope that you all will leave some suggestions in the comments today.

Simplz Zoo

Airport Mania

Mayan Kuma

Flow

I tend to play these on a rotation. My current favorite it Flood it, but for some reason it won’t let me take screenshots. Do you ever listen and play games on your phone? If so, what games?

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Audiobook Week Mid-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 and paste to your own post (and, you know, obviously change the answers so they’re yours and not mine).

Current/most recent audiobook:

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory, narrated by Nicola Barber

Impressions:

Barber does a great job bringing the humor of the secondary characters to the forefront when it could easily be lost. HOWEVER, I made a point of doing the audio for Stormbringers because I really enjoyed the audio of the first book in the series, Changeling. The narrator of the first book was different, though, and I’m still in the phase where I am mourning a bit for him, because he did a great job as well.

Current/most recent favorite audiobook:

My favorite recent audiobook is one that I’m pretty sure I left off of Monday’s post. Oops! But it would be Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight, narrated by Khristine Hvam.

I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed consuming Dan Brown’s latest, Inferno, in audio. I think audio is the way to read Dan Brown and narrator Paul Michael is a perfect fit for how I imagine Langdon.

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:

Khristine Hvam! I know that everyone else (especially if you listen to a lot of YA audio) already knows Khristine Hvam, but I hadn’t had the pleasure until recently. Technically I heard her briefly when she was part of the ensemble cast of Emma Donoghue’s Astray, but I didn’t really get to see (okay, hear) her shine until Reconstructing Amelia.

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:

It is one of the newest things in my TBL stack, but I am dying to get to Fay Weldon’s Long Live the King, narrated by Katherine Kellgren. I listened to the first book, Habits of the House, and thought it was just wonderful, I’m excited for this one.

 

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How Do You Choose Your Audiobooks? – Audiobook Week Discussion

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Today’s prompt:

How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print?

Over the past few years, my reading has been about 1/3 audio. Now that I have less time for print (and almost all of my ebook time is for work), the percentage of my books that are consumed in audio has gone up to about 40%.

Given the right narrator, I’m willing to try just about anything in audio, although super-complex stuff is often better in print. I will often choose audio for nonfiction, unless it is something I need to pay particularly lose attention to or take notes on. I also tend to try to go with audio for things that are already out; almost all my of my print reading (other than things for BOOK CLUB) are pre-release, since I need to consider books for upcoming Bloggers Recommend newsletters.

How do you choose what to listen to and what to read?

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Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas – Audiobook Review

Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas, narrated by Bernadette Sullivan
Published in audio by Random House Audio, published in print by Crown Books, both imprints of Random House

If you’re participating in Audiobook Week don’t forget to link up your reviews to the review linky.

Synopsis:

From the publisher:

Confessions of a Sociopath takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes the tick and what that means for the rest of humanity.   Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight” for the very first time.

Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the wary. Drawn from Thomas’ own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and current and historical scientific literature, it reveals just how different – and yet often very similar – sociopaths are from the rest of the world. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy and is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap – right from the source – for dealing with the sociopath in your life, be it a boss, sibling, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, colleague or friend.

Thoughts on the story:

At times M.E.’s story seems to contradict itself and I would be reminded that the narrator of this book self-identifies as a sociopath and wonder just how much I could trust her. Looking back now, I am not certain whether M.E. is a consciously unreliable narrator or if her lack of trust-worthiness has more to do with with a certain amount of self-delusion that is connected with her condition.

I found the first third of Confessions of a Sociopath to be the most interesting part, particularly the discussion of the lack of recognition of risk and all of the rotten food M.E. has eaten because the threat of food poisoning is not a deterrent. I was also interested in M.E.’s childhood and fairly incredulous when she describes it as not having been so bad, when it pretty clearly sounds terrible to me.

There is a point towards the end where the narrative begins to drag, particularly as M.E. begins to talk about all of her romantic conquests; that section goes on much longer than I was able to maintain interest. Of course, by that time I was pretty well invested in the book, so it wasn’t too big of a problem.

audiobookweekbutton zpsdb6e126c picture Thoughts on the audio production:

Bernadette Sullivan’s narration in Confessions of a Sociopath is not a delivery that would work in most audiobooks, but her dispassionate (although not without vocal interest) patter accentuates Thomas’s own style of writing and makes you truly believe you are listening to a sociopath tell you her story.

Overall:

Confessions of a Sociopath is a highly engaging – if at times very disturbing – audiobook. Recommended

For more information, please see the publisher’s page.
Source: Publisher.

 

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