Monday: 2011-2012, Your Audiobook Year
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.
Oh no, audiobooks are old hat to me. I started listening to audiobooks around 12 years ago. I was commuting to college and the drive was SUCH a bore. I hate almost all of our local radio stations… no, make that all of them except the one that occasionally plays classical music… I had to find something to occupy my mind. I got out The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (read by the brilliant Davina Porter) and was in love. I followed it with Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (read by the amazing Barbara Rosenblat) and there was no looking back. I was an audiobook addict.
Book blogging has only made me fall even deeper in love with it.
So far this year, I’ve read 44 books. 17 of them have been audiobooks. One trend I’ve noticed before, but see it is becoming very clear with this year’s listening; I love to reread in audio. Here are the 17 books I’ve listened to so far this year. All of them have been favorites. In bold are the ones that are rereads.
1. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal written and read by Conor Grennan
4. A Killing Frost by John Marsden, read by Suzi Dougherty
7. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater, read by Jenna Lamia, David LeDoux
8. Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden, read by Suzi Dougherty
10. The Graveyard Book written and read by Neil Gaiman
13. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
14. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolyn McCormick
18. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolyn McCormick
20. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolyn McCormick
22. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl
27. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl and Angela Dawe
33. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl, MacLeod Andrews, and Angela Dawe
34. If I Stay by Gayle Forman, read by Kirsten Potter
36. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir written and read by Jenny Lawson
39. Peter & Max by Bill Willingham, read by Wil Wheaton
I am currently listening to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (read by new discovery Jennifer Ikeda, who I am rapidly falling in love with as a reader) and yes, it is also a reread. I love to reread it audio because it allows to me to revisit a story I loved, to revisit old friends I loved, to see the story in new, unexpected ways through the talents of the reader, and, in the case of a continuing series, to remind myself of what came before.
Many thanks to Jen for running Audiobook Week again. I don’t know how she does it! See her blog for more posts on today’s subject and check back tomorrow for more Audiobook love.