Audiobook Week

06 Jun

Audiobook Week 2011June is Audiobook Month, and for the second year, Jen at Devourer of Books is hosting Audiobook Week at her blog.  I’ll be celebrating here as well.  There will be daily posting topics, although I may skip some.  I’m going to try to post some audiobook reviews, too.

Anyone following my monthly reading summaries will know that I’m a big audiobook listener, with 35 audiobooks listened to since the beginning of this year (out of a total of 73 books read).  This is up from last year (25 audiobooks, out of 67 read).

The more I listen, the more I can listen to them while doing!  I’m better at listening while reading e-mail, for instance– in the beginning, anything involving words was out. Now, I can’t listen if I need to concentrate, but routine computer work is fine.

So, I listen while driving, while shopping, while working around the house, while goofing around on my computer, That’s pretty much any time I’m not interacting with other human beings, or concentrating on a word-related subject (like reading a print book!).

With all of those books listened to, what are my top picks from the last year, since the last June is Audiobook Month?

  • I think the most fun I had listening was with The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig.
  • The City & The City by China Miéville was mindbogglingly cool.
  • The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint was a beautiful and touching.
  • Room by Emma Donoghue was amazing and disturbing.
  • I’ll throw in Feed by M.T. Anderson as a good, thought provoking book which was probably better in audio.

That said: I listen to a lot of fun but forgettable books, for a variety of reasons.  I don’t review many of these.  I also listen to most of my book club books, which are mostly very good, but sometimes I really don’t like them. In addition, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this year, and it’s been worse recently.  It isn’t that I haven’t been reading, but I haven’t been getting into the books– either audio or print.  I could have read some even better books, and not noticed!

Do you audiobook it?  Let me know!


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8 responses to “Audiobook Week

  1. Carrie K.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I forgot about shopping – I listen while shopping, too!

  2. Leslie

    June 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I agree… audiobooks are an acquired skill. The more I listen the better I get at multitasking.

    I want to read The City & The City. Good to see you liked the audio version. I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. Sniffly

    June 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    *hugs* reading slumps are no fun. Maybe you need some time to read books you don’t plan to review at all?

  4. Molly (Restless Reader)

    June 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    The City & the City looks like a good choice for me for audiobook week. Maybe I’ll give that one a try tomorrow. Today I’m listening to Bossypants by Tina Fey.

  5. Vasilly

    June 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This is the second list that I’ve seen The City & The City on. I think I should give it a try! 🙂

  6. Sue Jackson

    June 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I enjoy audio books, too, and usually have one going at the same time that I’m reading a paper book. I don’t have a lot of time for listening, but I listen sometimes while I cook or eat lunch and sometimes in the car, though most of my driving is short distances around town.

    I loved Room and can’t imagine what it must have been like on audio – wow!

    I really enjoyed a teen/YA audio, Thunder Over Kandahar, and have been listening to a few memoirs on audio, too.


  7. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books

    June 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    ROOM *was* a fantastic listen! I’ll have to check out some of the others on your “best of …” list.

  8. Sheila (Book Journey)

    June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    OOH I have not listened to :ROOM: but I read it… may need to go back and do the audio!


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