Armchair Audies – I’m listening!

April 17, 2012

I loved Overreader‘s description of the Armchair Audies so much that I’m stealing it. Here ya go:

It’s Armchair Audies time! What’s that? Never heard of them? Well, they’re new. The Audies are annual “awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment” and are awarded in June. There are 29 categories and 5 contenders in each category, so that’s a lot of audiobooks. Rather more than even an audiobook maniac like myself can handle, so to get a handle on them all, blogger Literate Housewife spearheaded the Armchair Audies. Interested bloggers will listen to everything from one (or more) categories and give their opinions.

I’ve loved audiobooks for quite some time now, but I’ve definitely been getting more and more into them. According to my nice, sparkly spreadsheet, last year (2011), 46% of the 93 books I read were audiobooks. This year, 73% of the 15 books I’ve read so far (yeah, yeah, I’m slowing down … so sue me) have been audiobooks. And yet, somehow, I don’t think I’ve haven’t listened to any of the books in the Audies nomination list! (Though I had one of them downloaded already, and a few that I’ve been eyeballing.)

So anyways … I’ve taken a good look at the nominations and have decided to try to speed-listen my way through three categories. You’ll note that there’s one book that’s in all three of the categories, and another in two of them, so that cuts down on my reading a little. But it’s still quite a lot of listening, so I’m going to have to start tonight!

Below are the three categories I’ve chosen, and the books I’ll be listening to. The info is straight from The Audies list of 2012 nominees. I’ll be aiming to get up at least one review each week, on Fridays, until the end of May … when I’ll make predictions as to the winners!

Audiobook of the Year

AMERICAN GODS: The Tenth Anniversary Edition 

Neil GaimanRead by Dennis Boutsikaris and a Full Cast

(Harper Audio)

Read the review


BOSSYPANTS
Tina Fey

Read by Tina Fey

(Hachette Audio)

Read the review


GO THE F–K TO SLEEP
Adam Mansbach

Read by Samuel L. Jackson

(Audible, Inc./ Brilliance)

Read the review


STEVE JOBS
Walter Isaacson

Read by Dylan Baker

(Simon & Schuster Audio)

Read the review

Humour

SHATNER RULES: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse, and the World At LargeWilliam Shatner

Read by William Shatner(Penguin Audio)

Read the review


IN FIFTY YEARS WE’LL ALL BE CHICKS 

Adam CarollaRead by Adam Carolla

(Random House Audio)

Read the review


GO THE F–K TO SLEEP 

Adam MansbachRead by Samuel L. Jackson

(Audible, Inc./ Brilliance)

Read the review


THIS IS AN AUDIOBOOK 

Demetri MartinRead by Demetri Martin

(Hachette Audio)

Read the review


BOSSYPANTS 

Tina FeyRead by Tina Fey

(Hachette Audio)

Read the review

Narration by the Author or Authors

STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS: An Autobiography 

Rob LoweRead by Rob Lowe

(Macmillan Audio)

Read the review


BEAUTY QUEENS 

Libba BrayRead by Libba Bray

(Scholastic Audiobooks)

Read the review


DRAMA: An Actor’s Education 

John LithgowRead by John Lithgow

(Harper Audio)

Read the review


SERIOUSLY . . . I’M KIDDING 

Ellen DeGeneresRead by Ellen DeGeneres

(Hachette Audio)

Read the review


BOSSYPANTS 

Tina FeyRead by Tina Fey

(Hachette Audio)

Read the review

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