Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Audio Book Week ~ June 21 - 25 ~ Time for an audio book MeMe

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.

Audiobook are you currently reading/you read most recently:  I'm currently listening to The Passage, by Justin Cronin; it's 25 cds, so it will take me forever to finish. Fortunately, I have the ARC as well so that may help me to move along a bit more quickly eventually.

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:
(Oh boy, has my reading taste changed over the years).

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
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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.

7 comments:

  1. Wow 500 audio books is lot of listening!

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  2. I think it's pretty amazing that you have favorite narrators. I would've never thought about these unsung heroes until Audio week!!!

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  3. An audio book is confusing if it has too many characters.

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  4. Wow! I am expecting an audio book in the mail, which we'll listen to on an upcoming driving trip. Great post!

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  5. I am seeing Harry Potter on audio as a favorite around a lot! I think I better give that one a try!

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  6. Best audiobook ever was "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time".

    I stay away from two narrators: George Guidall and Barbara Rosenblatt. Do not like them at all.

    I also do not like audiobooks when they are "performed" - I just like to have the book read to me. Plain and unadorned is my preference. Oh, I also do not like accents being used.

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  7. Joann....I totally agree with you....loved Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night, and hate when accents are used as well..

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