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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Audio Book Week- Mid Week Meme

Jen at Devourer of Books is hosting this event (and I saw at over at Book Journey). I am jumping in a few days late but anyone who follows my blog knows I read...opps...make that LISTEN to audio books all the time. I will post my Audio Giveaway later today.
Current/most recent audiobook: 

Impressions: I am enjoying the WWII history in Luciano's Luck. It is moving nicely.
I love Eve Dallas and Rourke in the In Death Series! I will post that review with the print giveaway by week's end.  I have the next book in My Audible Library and will start it soon. :-)

Current favorite audiobook: Does anyone have any idea how hard it is for me to pick a favorite book or audiobook? No can do! So I'll list a couple of favs:
  • 1> The Study series by Maria V. Snyder, as well as Inside Out and Outside In - okay let's include ALL of her books.  
  • 2> The In Death series by J.D. Robb
  • 3> A recent listen I loved: Soulless by Gail Carriger and I will be listening to the others VERY soon
  • 4> An old time favorite audiobook: Lightning by Dean Koontz - this is a shelf keeper.

One narrator who always makes you choose audio over print:
I am not sure I would necessarily look at the narrator before picking audio over print although it could be a consideration if I have had a bad experience with a narrator (which I have). Here are some narrators I really enjoy:
  • Anna Fields - I love her readings of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books. Unfortunately she was tragically killed in 2006.
  • The narrator of the In Death Series Susan Ericksen does a suburb job on accents and emotions.
  • I have listened to many good detective stories narrated by Will Patton. He has a smooth deep voice that adds character.
  • Another narrator I know I can trust to enjoy is Dick Hill who has read plenty of mysteries, military, sci fi, and even romance.
  • In the paranormal genre I like Marguerite Gavin who narrates the Rachel Morgan series, the Kitty Norville series and more.
  • Also, Gabra Zachman, who read the Study Series, and
  • Emily Gray who reads the Alexia Tarabotti Series.

Genre you most often choose to listen to: It is very varied. I will listen to paranormal, mystery, romance, sci fi. I love an audio book because I can listen with hands free for choirs or driving.

If given the choice, you will always choose audio when: the book is long but available on audio I will choose audio because I can listen during chores, while exercising and before bed, getting up etc. Also, once I start a series I am apt to continue in audio/Audible.

If given the choice, you will always choose print when: the story is only available in print when I want to read it. Oh that isn't "given the choice." Sooo let's think. I will choose print for children's books so I can share them with my grandchildren. Books that shift in time, forward and back, like The Time Traveller's Wife, are a bit trickier in audio but you don't always know that before you select a book. There have been some books that I liked so much on Audible that I determined to buy the print books, i.e. the Study series by Maria V. Snyder.

How about you my commenting friends? Care to share how you feel about Audio books? (Note: Sharing a comment will gain an extra entry for the Audio Week Celebration Giveaway I will be posting.)

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