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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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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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Audiobook Thoughts (Sound Bytes)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, narrated by Simon Prebble
Published in audio by Blackstone Audio

Synopsis:

Yeah, I’m guessing most of you actually already know the basic idea behind A Christmas Carol.

Thoughts on the story:

I don’t know you guys, I mean, whoa, Dickens sure isn’t subtle about his MORAL. But on the other hand, even in the most fun adaptations, A Christmas Carol has a very obvious MORAL, so I was less bothered than I might otherwise have been, solely because I 100% expected it. That being said, I’m not sure I actually particularly enjoyed A Christmas Carol, I think it is much more entertaining with Muppets or animated Disney characters.

Thoughts on the audio production:

Simon Prebble is great, he gives a solid performance, and I have no qualms about recommending him.

Overall:

If you’re in the mood for A Christmas Carol, you could do much worse than this version, I think overall it is a bit easier to take in audio than in print.

If you want to hear more of my thoughts about A Christmas Carol, they were the subject of the latest What’s Old is New Classics Rip.

Buy this book from:
Powells: Audio*
Indiebound: Audio*

I will be on hiatus through the end of the year, please feel free to link up any audiobook reviews during that time. Thanks to Pam for creating the button.

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11/22/63 by Steven King – Audiobook Giveaway (Sound Bytes)

11/22/63 by Steven King, narrated by Craig Wasson
Published in audio by Simon Audio

From the publisher:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new audiobook, 11/22/63, takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. Narrated by Craig Wasson (Aleekah and the Bee, Malcolm X), this tour de force audiobook tells the story of Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program when his life is turned upside down as he enters a portal to 1958 and finds himself on a mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination…

It has been a very long time since I’ve read any Steven King (I’m a big Firestarter) fan, but when I heard about 11/22/63 I knew I had to read it. I love this sort of alternative history, and coming from such a talent author as Steven King, I’m incredibly excited. I am almost equally intrigued by the audio production, I can’t wait to hear what Craig Wasson does with it. For a sneak peek of what he’ll do with it, listen to the audio clip below:

 

I have up to five copies to give away to blog readers with US mailing addresses. Enter by 12:01 am Eastern on Friday, December 9, 2011. If I have at least 15 entrants, I’ll give away 3 copies, 25 entrants and I’ll give away 4 copies, more than 35 and I’ll give away all 5 copies. You can enter by doing any one (or more) of the options below:


Buy this book in audio from from:
Powells*
Indiebound*
Amazon
iTunes

I encourage you to review any audiobooks you review on Fridays and include the link here every Friday. 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.

 

Thanks to Simon Audio for providing a copy of this book to give away.
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Dashing Through the Snow by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark – Audiobook Giveaway (Sound Bytes)

Dashing Through the Snow by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, narrated by Carol Higgins Clark
Published in audio by Simon Audio

From the publisher:

America’s Queens of Suspense, Mary & Carol Higgins Clark have written a humorous holiday mystery set in the small New Hampshire town of Branscombe. Narrated by Carol Higgins Clark, DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW begins as the townsfolk are all pitching in to help prepare for the festival when a group of co-workers learn that they have won half of the mega lottery. Two lottery tickets were purchased within ten miles of one another. No one knows who purchased the second ticket; but it appears that something is “not quite right.” The Reillys and the Meehans are just the people to find out what is amiss. So much for a quiet weekend…

When I was in high school, I was a huge reader of Mary Higgins Clark, and occasionally her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark. I found their mysteries to be addictive, and always intriguing. When Simon Audio offered me a chance to pick a few different audiobooks from their list to give away as holiday gifts from them and myself to my readers, I simply couldn’t resist adding the Mary and Carol Higgins Clark title (last week  I gave away A Christmas Carol, and over the next two weeks I’ll be giving away 11/22/63 by Steven King and Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson).

If after reading the description above you are unsure if Dashing Through the Snow is right for you, you can listen to this clip of the audio:

 

I have up to five copies to give away to blog readers with US mailing addresses. Enter by 12:01 am Eastern on Friday, December 9, 2011. If I have at least 15 entrants, I’ll give away 3 copies, 25 entrants and I’ll give away 4 copies, more than 35 and I’ll give away all 5 copies. You can enter by doing any one (or more) of the options below:



Buy this book in audio from:
Powells*
Indiebound*
Amazon
iTunes

I encourage you to review any audiobooks you review on Fridays and include the link here every Friday. 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.

 

Thanks to Simon Audio for providing a copy of this book to give away.
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