Before I get started with this first post of Audiobook Week, I want to take a moment to thank Jen from Devourer of Books for hosting this event. This is my second year participating and I owe my love of audiobooks in no small part to her love of audiobooks. When you respect and trust another blogger implicitly, you’re drawn to the things that excite them. Given my original prejudices about audiobooks, I may have never tried them to had it not been for bloggers like Jen. My life is a whole lot fuller today because I opened my heart. Jen, you are made of awesome.
Today’s topic for Audiobook Week is 2010 – 2011, Your Audiobook Year. The idea is to introduce yourself as an audiobook fan. I would choose to introduce myself as an audiobook geek. Were I to attend an official audiobook function, I’m sure my reaction would be akin to a Star Trek fan’s first convention.
This passion is relatively new found. I couldn’t find the post itself, but I swear at one point early in my blogging career I wrote a post lambasting audiobooks as a cheat. It must have been a conversation on Facebook or something like that. I’m glad there is no easily accessible link to this uneducated, prejudiced hyperbole. I ought to be ashamed of it, but I’m not exactly. It demonstrates most clearly how far I’ve come. At first, audiobooks were a tool to get me through long nights trying to get my kids to sleep. Then, audiobooks knocked me off of my horse. I’ve been a happy convert ever since. Regular readers and those who follow my feed on Twitter should not be shocked at all by what I’m saying.
Here are links to my own personal favorite audiobook posts over the past year.
Here are links to reviews not mentioned in my Audie Award post:
End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
Trespass by Rose Tremain (review forthcoming; loved Juliet Stevenson)
One incredible audiobook and blog-related thing happened this year: the authors of Abbreviated Audio invited me to write a guest review for their blog. My first bi-line became my review of So Cold the River by Michael Koryta. I hope to be sending off my review of Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace to them shortly.
How was your audiobook year?