I’m Listening Outside of the Box, Let’s #JIAM!

Hooray! I am so happy it’s June! If you could see me (please pretend I’m wearing something glamorous instead of the pjs I’m actually wearing), I’d be jumping up and down with excitement. I love audiobooks!

There is one aspect of audiobooks that keeps coming to mind. It’s how the world of audiobooks has created a comfortable space in which I can explore books outside of my comfort zone. Not only is it comfortable, it’s irresistible. It’s innocent at first. You select a title because you’ve wanted to read it. While listening to the audiobook, you discover that the narrator is an absolute revelation. Once you’ve finished that initial book, you immediately search for something else Simon Vance that narrator has recorded. Then you find all sorts of titles you just have to read that were never even on your radar before.

It’s not just the narrators that will lead you into uncharted reading territory. Other audiobook lovers will as well. Throughout May, many of my Tweeps were participating in a major zombie celebration. I had such a great time following their audiobook adventures. I don’t normally care for zombies. They’re kind of gross, but I did happen to make one exception because of a narrator and had a great time. I found myself wanting to join in the fun. I’ve been following the reviews of the entire Armchair Audies team and there are so many new books that I’d love to read. Before Armchair Audies, I wouldn’t have looked into them because they fall outside of that rather small bookish box I find myself inhabiting. I don’t feel confined in that box in print as I do in audio. That’s precisely what I mean when I say that audiobooks makes me feel safe to explore all that is out there.

This JIAM, I’m going to focus on listening outside of my box. There will be zombies, science fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Who knows what else I’ll have picked up over the course of the month. I’m going to have fun exploring. I’ll be recording my progress along the way. I’m beginning the month with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. This book is a collection of poems that was first performed on Broadway in 1976. I don’t read much poetry and I’m fairly certain that this will be my first choreopoem. Thandie Newton is narrating and at just under 2 hours, it’s the perfect way to get my toes wet. I’m looking forward to the new experience.

June is packed with other audiobook goodness. I’ll be celebrating the 2012 Audie Awards while I’m in New York for the BEA Bloggers Convention and BEA next week. If you’d like to play along, the Armchair Audies Team has developed a ballot for the event. Please download a copy for yourself.

I will continue to work on the Listener’s List of Audiobook narrators. The votes are in for both male and female narrators. Over the course of the month, I’m hoping to build on the list. Although I haven’t had a chance to compile them yet, I’m planning on hosting several audiobook giveaways this month. Keep an eye out for all of that along the way.

At the end of the month, Jen from Devourer of Books is hosting her yearly Audiobook Week event. It’s going to be another awesome week of audiobook goodness. It’s being held at the end of the month this year because of the timing of BEA and the Audie Awards. I think I like that. It will send off the 2012 JIAM celebration with a bang.

Now that I’ve shared my thoughts and plans for June is Audiobook Month, I’d love to know how you #JIAM!



  • At 2012.06.01 09:25, Nise' said:

    My goal is to listen more this month! I have picked up an audiobook soley based on the narrator and find myself looking at who narrates even before reading the summary blurb.

    • At 2012.06.01 16:05, Literate Housewife said:

      Listening more is a great goal! I know what you mean about being led by the narrator. It truly is a fun way to discover new books.

    • At 2012.06.01 12:52, Holly said:

      I’m excited to read your reviews! I saw For Coloured Girls performed once and it was really, really intense and powerful. I hope you enjoy it.

      • At 2012.06.01 16:06, Literate Housewife said:

        I already finished For Colored Girls during lunch. It was beautiful and heartbreaking. I can’t imagine seeing it live. This #JIAM is going to be fantastic!

      • At 2012.06.01 20:25, Anita said:

        I’m really getting into audio books! I’m using all my resources,library,audible,audiobook jukebox. I’ve listened to two Joshilyn Jackson boos recently,love her! I’ve got one going and one in the wings and the month is oh so young! Looking forward to your suggestions

        • At 2012.06.02 11:03, dog eared copy said:

          For me, the box works the other way too: There are audiobooks I won’t even consider because I don’t like the narrator. In those cases, I’m fortunate that I still have my vision and can pick up a print copy. Unfortunately, that also means, the book wold have had to appeal to me to begin with, so basically, my horizons are limited to a degree by a narrator that I don’t like :-/

          As for #JIAM2012, I am posting a photo a day in June, each photo having something to do with audiobooks 🙂

          • At 2012.06.02 11:36, Karen White said:

            Great ideas, Jennifer! Let me know if I can contribute to your giveaways!
            As you know, I am celebrating JIAM2012 by interviewing women who work in the industry doing all the stuff that listeners (and narrators!) might not know about. It’s been so much fun getting to know these ladies and learning about their jobs. Here’s a link to Tanya’s interview and the next one is Monday:

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            • At 2012.06.04 23:11, MissSusie said:

              My out of the box goal is to try to listen to new to me narrators especially ones that have 100’s of books and I’ve never listened to them this may also take into new genre’s or introduce me to new authors at the same time.

              (Required, will not be published)

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