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June 6, 2011 / Leslie

Audiobook Week

June is Audiobook Month and today begins Audiobook Week hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books. There will be discussions, daily reviews and other activities including prizes for participants and commenters.

I discovered audiobooks a few years ago and would listen to a book in the car if I was taking a long trip but it wasn’t until last year that I really got into listening regularly. I kept reading about all these wonderful narrations so I decided to give a few audiobooks a try and I’ve been hooked ever since.

At first I found that with a complex novel and a lot of characters my mind would wander and I would lose the story line. So I tried short stories, non-fiction and even foreign language lessons. Once I got accustomed to listening instead of reading I moved on to longer novels with no problem. I listen while walking to work every morning, while working around the house, in the car and while gardening. It does become addicting!

Audiobook Challenge

This year I signed up for the Audiobook Challenge at Teresa’s Reading Corner to keep track of my reading and encourage myself to continue choosing audiobooks. Well, no problem there. As my goal I chose to read six books this year and already I’ve completed ten. I’m officially raising that to twenty books.

Audiobooks I’ve Read This Year:

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar
Once a Spy by Keith Thomson
Darkship Thieves by Sarah Hoyt
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
• The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [review coming soon]
• Lost In Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff [review coming soon]
• Heresy by S.J. Parris [review coming soon]



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  1. Erotic Horizon / Jun 6 2011 10:25 am

    At first I found that with a complex novel and a lot of characters my mind would wander and I would lose the story line

    I agree – starting with short books worked for me as well.. once I got a routine worked out I ventured into novel length material and am enjoying the complexities that these books have..

    Nice list of books..



  2. Teresa / Jun 6 2011 10:31 am

    What a great list. I’m glad that you increased your goal (I did the same thing).


  3. Jen - Devourer of Books / Jun 6 2011 11:04 am

    I love HENRIETTA LACKS on audio!


  4. JoAnn / Jun 6 2011 1:35 pm

    I loved Henrietta Lacks on audio, too!


  5. BermudaOnion / Jun 6 2011 4:00 pm

    There is a little learning curve to listening to audio books. I tried to do too much while I listened at first and would get distracted.


  6. Molly (Restless Reader) / Jun 6 2011 5:13 pm

    Oh, I love your suggestions. I might pick up Shanghai Girls by Lisa See this week. Thanks!


  7. Cassandra @ Indie Reader Houston / Jun 7 2011 12:33 am

    It seems that I am one of the few who went for long novels right away. My second listen was A Discovery of Witches and it is loooong.

    I’ve been thinking about putting The Postmistress on my list. Your review has convinced me. Thanks!


  8. happyjoel / Jun 11 2011 1:08 pm

    Hiya! In honor of Audiobook week, the APA is doing a video contest and I’m one of ten finalists for my song about audiobooks. The winner is being determined by “views” and “likes” and it would be awesome if you’d check it out!

    (if you’re feeling REALLY generous, maybe you could even do a post about it? Or a link to it?

    Either way, thanks!


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