Audiobook Week ~ Day 1 ~ Me, Myself and Audiobooks

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.

Audiobooks Saved Me
My 2011 Audie Award Picks (include links to many of my favorite listens over the past year)
Dude, Where’s My Audiobook (welcome to June is Audiobook Month post)

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?


  • At 2011.06.06 00:31, Xe Sands said:

    Wonderful post, Jennifer! Thank you so much for sharing your journey toward audiobooks!

    The outstanding listen of my audiobook year was Sing Them Home, by Stephanie Kallos, narrated by Tavia Gilbert. I was completely blown away by both the story and the narration. It served as an excellent reminder of why I both narrate and listen to audiobooks.

    • At 2011.06.06 08:22, Beth F said:

      Love your conversion story! I was an early convert.

      • At 2011.06.06 08:26, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

        I remember when you became a convert and I think a particular narrator had something to do with it. Great post!

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        • At 2011.06.06 08:55, Audiobookchick said:

          Great post! I have been listening to audiobooks for about 10 years. An Australian author called Tim Winton got me hooked and now I am an addict!

          • At 2011.06.06 09:22, Sheila (Bookjourney) said:

            Great post…., I am about a two year audio person and promote it every chance I get. My post will go up later this afternoon.

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            • At 2011.06.06 09:59, S. Krishna said:

              I really enjoy audiobooks now. It takes me a long time to get through them (I probably average one every two weeks), but I love listening when I’m running errands or cleaning!

              • At 2011.06.06 10:24, Michelle said:

                Ben and I used to get in arguments about audiobooks being cheating. Now he loves them just as much as me. Open your eyes, world. Audiobooks are amazing! :)

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                • At 2011.06.06 11:06, Kristin T. said:

                  I just started listening to audio books last November and find it really enjoyable provided the narrator is good!

                  My intro post can be found here.

                  • At 2011.06.06 11:23, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

                    Um, I had a little trouble reading most of your post, because the first paragraph made me sort of teary. I do want to say, though, that Juliet Stevenson is AMAAAAZING.

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                    • At 2011.06.06 11:42, Jennifer said:

                      I love ya, Jen! You’ve had a huge influence over me. You’re a blessing. :)

                      • At 2011.06.06 17:51, Vasilly said:

                        Zeitoun is a book that I’ve wanted to read since its publication. I’m going to see if my library has it. I definitely agree with you on the power of other bloggers to get the rest of us excited about the things they love. :-)

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                        • At 2011.06.06 17:57, Molly (Restless Reader) said:

                          This is a very helpful post, as I am fairly new to audiobooks. Thanks for all the great suggestions and links!

                          • At 2011.06.06 21:34, Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books said:

                            I used to think audiobooks were cheating, too! I’ve since converted :)

                            • At 2011.06.07 00:23, Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) said:

                              I listened to Juliet Stevenson read Northanger Abbey a few months back and thought she was fantastic, so I’ll have to check out Trespass. I hadn’t heard of it, but it sounds great!

                              • At 2011.06.07 00:37, Cassandra @ Indie Reader Houston said:

                                I like that you are always so enthusiastic! I appreciate all the recommendations re:audio and other books that come over the Twitter stream, too. You’re one of the ones who inspired me to give it a try :)

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