Welcome to my first post for Devourer of Books’ Audiobook Week celebration! My name is Jennifer and I am an audiobook addict/evangelist/nerd. With each year, my love of audiobooks and the audiobook community grows exponentially. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The following are my highlights of the last year in audiobooks:
Between Audiobook Week 2011 and today, I’ve listened to 53 audiobooks. This amazed me when I did the math. At basically one per week, I listened in audiobooks over the past year to the one more audiobook than I challenged myself to read during my first year of book blogging.
Although I didn’t start tracking the hours spent listening until the first of January, I’ve have logged 8.04 days of audiobook reading since then. All of it was time well spent.
Notable Listening Moments
- Paranormal werewolf sex is not really for me
- Audio dramas are a lot of fun (The Mark of Zoro ~ review coming)
- I love Andre Dubus III
- I despise Less Than Zero
- Snow can be very frightening
- Of the five nominees, the 2012 Literary Fiction Audiobook Audie winner was the only one I didn’t like
- There are still Nazi atrocities I’ve never heard of before
Favorite Listens Since Audiobook Week 2011
- Bring Up the Bodies (review this week)
- A Land More Kind Than Home (review this week)
- American Dervish
- The Invisible Ones
- Everything that Rises Must Converge
- Autobiography of Mark Twain
In addition to listening to more, I took part in one planned audiobook challenge, one challenge that grew from Twitter chatter about the Audie Awards, and discovered my passion for the narrators who truly make a difference in my life.
Shaken, Not Stirred
Last year during Audiobook Week I announced the the Shaken, Not Stirred Simon Vance/Ian Fleming Audiobook Challenge. Since then, I’ve listened to 12 of Ian Fleming’s 13 novels and about half of the short story collection. It ended up being more involved than I anticipated (keeping up with two blogs is not my strong suit), but also much more fun. A small, but dedicated group of us have been listening along to the novels and short stories in the order in which they were published. Then, we’re holding a Twitter party to discuss the audiobook and to watch the corresponding movie. Schedules did prevent us for holding the party during the month of May, but we have otherwise been a faithful group. I am grateful to all who have joined me, even if it was for just one audiobook. As we near the end I know I’m still no Bond expert, but it has been nice getting to know James Bond from his beginnings with Ian Fleming.
If you would like to join us, there are still three more Shaken, Not Stirred events scheduled. It’s really never too late and we’d love to have you.
The Armchair Audies
In February, the APA announced the 2012 Audie Award nominees in each of 28 categories (Audiobook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production categories were announced later). Wanting to find a way to be involved in the Audie Award fun, Tanya from dog eared copy, Bob from The Guilded Earlobe, and I came up with the Armchair Audies. In this challenge, interested bloggers selected one or more Audie categories and listened to each of the nominees. Once all of the nominees have been listened to, the blogger then selects the title s/he feels is the best. When each blogger has selected the best title, we published an official ballot. The night of the Audies was a lot of fun after having prepared for the event.
We have even bigger plans for the 2013 Audie Awards. I already can’t wait until February. If you would be interested in participating during the 2013 Armchair Audies season, please let me know. It is a great way to get involved in the community.
The Listener’s List
Audible.com announced a new series of audiobooks narrated by celebrities. They called this series The A-List. I took issue with that name. No matter how good a novelty act might be, it is never the main event. Celebrity narrations are not what keeps me coming back for more. It is the hard work and dedication of the professional audiobook narrator that time and again takes me to another world and brings literature to life. Based on the response, I am not alone in feeling this way.
To celebrate the outstanding narrators who make the audiobook world spin and to help both new and experienced audiobook listeners find their next great listen, I am working on a permanent home for the Listener’s List. To get me started, listeners voted on their top 5 female and male audiobook narrators. I’ve got a rough start on the project with a blog and a Pinterest account. I hope to bring more information to you about this project later this week. And all of that came before I discovered just how wonderful audiobook narrators truly are. More on that this afternoon along with a giveaway…
Wrapping It Up
Not only do I love to listen to audiobooks, they inspire my loyalty and creativity. I feel incredibly lucky to have found them and I’d rather not consider my life without them. On that note, I’d better get my hearing checked. I need to keep them in tiptop condition.
So, how was your year in audiobooks? If you’re new to them, what are you looking for between now and next Audiobook Week?