You Can Watch the Audies!

It’s just a little over a week until the 2015 Audie Awards. Every day I wake up and can’t believe I’ll actually be there. My husband is staying home with my girls, so my best friend from Michigan will be attending the awards with me. I’m glad Trista will be there, but this year my entire family can watch the awards with me. This year the Audie Awards are being streamed via livestream. Everyone can watch the Audie Awards!

So, mark your calendars for May 28th at 7:30, make sure you have your favorite cocktail foods and adult beverages are on hand, watch for the Armchair Audies ballot on May 26th, and you’re all set!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ~ Review of the Full-Cast Audiobook Production

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The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production by Neil Gaiman

My Reading Format: Listened via Scribd app.

Audiobook Published by: Harper Audio

Narrators: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt

Audiobook Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

Summary from the Publisher:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family…

My Review

It’s not often that I reread a book. It’s not that I don’t find books I love something I’d like to revisit, there are so many other, shiny, new books waiting out there for me to read. When it’s time to pick my next read, I don’t take the time to reflect on all of the possibilities. I generally look at the new possibilities. Armchair Audies, however, is a wonderful challenge for me. It prompts me to both read books I never would have otherwise considered and read a book I’ve already read a book I’ve already read before. Usually I’ve read the book in print and then read it in audio to judge my category. In the case of The Graveyard Book this year, I reread through a second version of the audiobook. I loved the story of Nobody Owens the first time through the audiobook narrated by author Neil Gaiman.

Quite honestly, I didn’t find that version in need of improvement. Gaiman is one of the few authors I’ve encountered who understands the audiobook medium and excels at narration himself. I never should have doubted the decision for a second audiobook version. While Gaiman is a delightful narrator, this full cast performance was divine. Derek Jacobi narrates the prose and I am in love with his voice. While my assumption is that each narrator performed separately, Jacobi’s work with the prose was seamless around and in between the performances of the other narrators. There wasn’t one character who didn’t belong in the audiobook. As a fan of Sherlock, having Andrew Scott narrate the Man Jack and Jay Frost was icing on the cake.

Through giving each speaking character his or her own voice and removing the “he saids” and “she saids” from the from the text, the team responsible for this audiobook created nothing short of magic. I’m sure what I’m about to say makes more sense in my head than written on my blog, but I’m going to say it anyway. Throughout this experience I felt as if I was watching the cast perform The Graveyard Book on stage with my ears. The sets were there and I could see the characters move before me. I loved each and every moment. I also came to realize just how little of the story I retained when I read it the first time. I remembered the essence of the story very clearly, but I stopped counting how many times I thought to myself, “I forgot about that.” or “Did that really happen?” Maybe it’s time to start making a list of books I loved that I should consider rereading again. Rereading certainly doesn’t diminish the charm whatsoever. In this case, it was enhanced. Bravo!

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Monday Mini ~ A Long Time Gone by Karen White ~ Audiobook Review

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2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year!

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My Emeraldette Weekend

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Busy April


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Your Fathers Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers ~ Audiobook Review

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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers Published by: Knopf Published on: June 17, 2014 Page Count: 224 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook rented from my local public library. Audiobook Published by: Random House Audio Narrators: MacLeod Andrews with Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, John H. Mayer, […]

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Monday Mini ~ The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ~ Audiobook Review

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