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June 8, 2011 / Leslie

Audiobook Mid-Week Meme

Current/most recent audiobook: I recently finished Heresy, book one in a new historical thriller series. I’m currently listening to Doc by Mary Doria Russell, a fictionalized story based on the life of John Henry Holliday.

Impressions: My review of Heresy was posted yesterday. I’m half-way through Doc and am absolutely loving it. The old west comes alive through Mary Doria Russell’s storytelling and Mark Bramhall’s narration.

Current favorite audiobook: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, for many reasons. I’ll be posting that review soon.

One narrator who always makes you choose audio over print: If I see any of these names: Cassandra Campbell, Orlagh Cassidy, John Lee, Phil Gigante it would make me consider the audio version but it would also depend on the book.

Genre you most often choose to listen to: I’ll listen to anything in audio. I try to avoid fiction with a lot of different characters or changes in point of view; in those types I do better with print.

If given the choice, you will always choose audio when: Often but not always I’ll choose audio for narrative non-fiction.

If given the choice, you will always choose print when: Science fiction. I’ve tried a few in audio but they just don’t work as well for me. Maybe it was the books I choose, two of them did not have great narrators and that can make or break an audio book.



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  1. Kristin T. / Jun 8 2011 9:55 am

    I’ve listened to an audio read by Cassandra Campbell and enjoyed her voice. I haven’t tried listening to non-fiction, yet.

    My mid-week meme can be found here.


  2. Jen - Devourer of Books / Jun 8 2011 10:25 am

    Oh, I really liked DOC in print, I bet it *is* fabulous in audio!


    • Leslie / Jun 8 2011 11:32 am

      I’m really enjoying it. It’s a fascinating story.


  3. Nise' / Jun 8 2011 10:54 am

    Orlagh Cassidy is popping up all over as a favorite narrator. I’ve got to listen soon!


    • Leslie / Jun 8 2011 11:35 am

      She narrated The Postmistress and I loved it. Some of the reviews I read of the print version make me believe the audio was the better choice.


  4. BermudaOnion / Jun 8 2011 1:49 pm

    Cassandra Campbell’s name keeps popping up in this meme.


  5. Suko / Jun 8 2011 2:42 pm

    I couldn’t do this interesting meme as I have not listened to an audio book in years! I did join an audio book challenge, though.


  6. Just Mom / Jun 8 2011 2:47 pm

    You’re the second meme I’ve seen to mention Orlagh Cassidy – guess I need to check her out.


    • Leslie / Jun 9 2011 9:07 am

      Definitely give one of her narrations a try. I just noticed that she narrated some of the Maisie Dobbs books so I am going to listen to those rather than read them.


  7. A Book and a Latte / Jun 8 2011 4:26 pm

    I enjoy narrative non-fiction audio too, but I usually enjoy most genres on audio. I read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and really enjoyed it. Now I’m curious about the audio version! Here’s my meme post. ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte


  8. Leeswammes / Jun 9 2011 5:20 am

    You seem to listen to a lot of audiobooks. I think I’ve listened to 3 in total. Ever. I can’t listen to audiobooks sitting down, I need to either be doing some exercise or in the car. Something where I can’t do anything else. Otherwise I’ll be distracted. I think I’m more of a visual person anyway.

    Non-fiction sounds like a good idea for audiobooks.


    • Leslie / Jun 9 2011 9:02 am

      I can’t just sit and listen either. It took a little practice not to get distracted. But this is a great way to capture some non-productive time while doing repetitive tasks like working around the house or yard.


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