This week is Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books. Bloggers are encouraged to participate using the discussion topics on Jen’s blog. I hope to encourage more readers to listen to audiobooks — not as a replacement for books, but as a way to enhance your reading, or as a way to show readers how they can read more.
Today’s discussion: 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.
My first experience with audiobooks wasn’t with the audiobooks I’m accustomed to now. When I was little, my brother would record my favourite books on cassette tape, so I could listen to them if he wasn’t there to read them. I loved my tapes and would listen and follow along in my books as he read. That was such a long time ago, but my favourite experience with audiobooks, even if it was nontraditional.
But back to my first story. Last year I was looking for a way to read as much as possible during the Dewey 24-Hour Readathon, so I found a short audiobook by Jay Leno, Leading With My Chin. I liked that it was more of a memoir, the fact that it would be funny, and the fact that it was short (around 4 hours). Perfect for my day of reading! Sure, it never ended up anywhere near my favourites, and the quality was horrible, but it showed me the versatility of the audiobook.
It wasn’t until this year that I started listening to audiobooks again. I don’t do a lot of traveling in my car, and normally my husband (who isn’t a big reader) is with me when I’m in the car, so listening to audiobooks then is usually out. BUT, I do a lot of things around the house and in the yard, and I do a lot of tedious blog stuff, or even web surfing. Audiobooks are perfect for things like this. I always thought I was wasting too much time online when updating my blog, when I could be reading, and now I can update it AND read at the same time.
I don’t have a lot of favourite narrators, since the number of audiobooks I’ve listened to can be counted on two hands, but so far I really enjoy Nick Podehl’s work.
Here are some of my favourite audiobooks (so far):
What’s your audiobook story?
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