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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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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