2012-2013, Your Audiobook Year – Audiobook Week Discussion

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Today’s prompt:

Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.

I’ve been listening to audiobooks for about 5 years now, and they just keep getting better. They also seem to get ever more popular, which makes me really happy, because it means that other people know the joy of audiobooks now. I’ve listened to about 54 audiobooks since last year’s Audiobook Week, and here are my five favorite, in the order I listened to them (images link to the reviews):


For the first time this year I’ve done a ton of listening while doing yard work. When I started listening to audiobooks we were in a condo, so there was no yard work to be done, and when we moved into our house last summer I was pregnant with twins, so I was not so much with the yard work. This summer, though, I waged war on the dandelions in my yard and about two weeks of my life were given up to yard work, which meant I got through LOTS of audiobooks.

I also recently got a fitbit (a fancy schmancy pedometer).

The thrill of being able to compete against myself and others to get steps in has me taking lots of walks, and when I’m by myself or just with the babies I always, always, always have my audiobook going, which means more listening time lately.

So that’s my audiobook year, how was yours?

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Audiobook Week – Audiobook Reviews

audiobookweekbutton zpsdb6e126c pictureInstead of having daily review linkys as I have in the past, for Audiobook Week this year we will have just this one linky for any and all audiobook reviews posted this week. When you link up, please include the title of the audiobook you are reviewing as well as your name or blog name.

Audiobook Week may be the only time when I put up a sticky post for you to leave links to audiobook reviews, but for those of you who are new here, every other week of the year I put up a Sound Bytes post on Fridays where you can also link up any audiobook reviews from that week.

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June is Audiobook Month & Audiobook Week (We’re Listening)

YOU GUYS, YOU GUYS! Tomorrow is the first day of JUNE! You know what that means, right? That’s right, June is Audiobook Month! There’s all sorts of fun stuff going on this month, like Going Public: In Shorts (which I’ll be participating in on the 11th) and Sync. ALSO, there’s Audiobook Week, June 17-21.

This year marks the 4th annual Audiobook Week! I can’t believe I’ve done this now for four years, seriously. It is a lot of work, but I have had quite a few people tell me that Audiobook Week is what got them into audiobooks in the first place, and that keeps me going – particularly when those people then dive into the format wholeheartedly.

Unfortunately, I have to cut back just a tiny bit on Audiobook Week this year, because I’m busier than I’ve ever been before, so here’s how things will work. There will still be a daily discussion topic (prompts below), each of which will have a linky for you to leave your answers. Instead of me posting an audiobook review every day and including a linky, however, I will have a SINGLE sticky post with a linky for ALL reviews posted during that week. I will probably post 2-3 myself. I am still on the fence about prizes, I may still contact some audio publishers after they’re all home from BEA, but I haven’t fully decided yet. If I do, prizes will continue to be awarded randomly to participants. The more you participate, the better your chances.

The topics

Monday: 2012-2013, Your Audiobook Year
Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.

Tuesday: How do You Choose Your Audiobooks?
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?

Wednesday: Mid-week Audiobook Week Meme
This will not be up until the morning of Wednesday, June 19th, but it will be short and fast, so check in and join the fun.

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

Friday: Finding audiobooks
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.

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By the way, if you’re here for Sound Bytes, you can leave your audiobook review link(s) below:

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On Audiobook Week

Okay guys, Audiobook Week is HAPPENING again this year. It will be the week of June 17th and OH MY GOSH, THAT’S SO SOON. I’m thinking about changing things up a bit this year, perhaps only a single Linky for all reviews, but I’d love to hear from YOU what you want to see this year, what audiobook things you would like to discuss. Honestly, I don’t even have a button yet this year. Here are our previous year’s buttons:

Leave any thoughts, feelings, or suggestions you have in the comments or email me at audiobookweek(at)gmail(dot)com.

For those of you who came here looking to link up to SoundBytes, link away!

Sound Bytes is a meme that occurs every Friday! 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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D.E.A.R. – Audiobook Week-Inspired TBL Pile (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.

The thing about Audiobook Week, it wreaks havoc on your audiobook wishlist. The good news for me is that in the next few days I’m going to have two infants, and I’m thinking that my ipod will be easier to balance while feeding them than my Nook – let alone than something in print.

Here are some of the audiobooks that most intrigued me as I perused Audiobook Week posts last week, in roughly the order I discovered them:

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, narrated by Khristine Hvam
Mentioned by: Oddophile, Alaskan Bookie, A Patchwork of Books, Reading Thru the Night
Bonus: This will be a free download from SYNC from August 2-8.

 

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell, narrated by Tai Sammons
Mentioned by: Bay State RA

 

 

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler
Mentioned by: Unabridged Andra

 

 

 

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, narrated by Libba Bray
Mentioned by: My Little Pocketbooks

 

 

 

 

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, narrated by Charlie Thurston
Mentioned by: Books and Wine

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Plus, a whole mess of books mentioned by Literate Housewife. I wanted to listen to everything she mentioned that I hadn’t already heard, because our tastes tend to be quite similar:

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor, narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and Lorna Raver
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, narrated by Ayad Akhtar
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian, narrated by Mark Bramhall

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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