This has been a fun week thanks to JEN @ Devourer of Books who initiated this event. Thanks Jen
Today's event is a simple yet fun meme about audio books.
Impressions?: This audio book drew me in immediately; anxious to get back to it.
How long you’ve been listening to audiobooks: I've been listening to audio books since 2000; audio cassettes back then...LOL
First audiobook you ever listened to: Honestly, I cannot recall the first audio book I ever listened to, but when I started out I was selecting a lot of books by Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Tyler and James Patterson. I also started listening to a lot of Oprah's picks back then. Some of the titles I recall were:
- White Oleander; Janet Fitch
- The Corrections; Franzen
- Cat and Mouse; Patterson
- Breathing Lessons; Anne Tyler
- Pigs in Heaven; Kingsolver
- Smoke Jumper; Nicholas Evans
Favorite audiobook title: This is a very difficult question, since I have probably listened to close to 500 audio books in the last (10) years. Some that I recall loving were: any of the Harry Potter books, as Jim Dale is an amazing reader. You are in for a treat if you have not listened to a Harry Potter audio book. More recently, I loved Let the Great World Spin; Colum McCann which is performed by a full cast of readers. I also finished (review needed) Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show; Frank Delaney (read by the author), which was so entertaining!
Favorite narrator: Jim Dale, Scott Brick, Dennis Boutsikaris; Barbara Rosenblatt to name a few are outstanding readers
How do you choose what to listen to versus read? I usually try to request the latest releases from the library. Listen to the first disc and decide whether I want to load the book onto my iPod for future listening. I also try to avoid any books with too many characters; I find it hard to keep the story lines straight when there are too many names.
How about you, tell us about your audio book experiences.