Audiobook Week: Humpday

June 8, 2011

June is Audiobook Month, and for the second year, Jen over at Devourer of Books has decided to celebrate with her very own Audiobook Week! All of this week, I’m going to be joining in and posting about audiobooks, including reviews, daily topic discussions, and my own ideas about how we can use audiobooks in different ways throughout our daily lives.

Today’s topic is: Mid-Week Meme

Current/most recent audiobook: The last audiobook that I finished was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; I’m currently listening to (and almost finished) The Girl Who Played With Fire, and; the next audiobook I’ll be listening to will be, predictably, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I like to read/listen to full series back-to-back when possible.

Impressions: I was kind of lukewarm on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at first, but once they stopped talking so much about the business things and the investigation and real action kicked in, I found it rather entertaining. I’m finding The Girl Who Played With Fire much more interesting, probably because I really enjoy the character of Salander. She just seems like my kind of girl. There’s a lot more sex in these books than I realized before, though.

Current favorite audiobook: So far, my absolute favourite audiook has been The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It would likely have also been awesome in print, but I particularly loved the voices and accents of the narrators.

One narrator who always makes you choose audio over print: I’m not really sure yet, to be honest. I’ve listened to a couple audiobooks narrated by Cassandra Campbell, and (with the exception of My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler) I’ve mostly liked her. And I’m pretty sure that my dislike of that book was more based on the book itself than her narration. I haven’t really had enough experience with particular other narrators yet to really know for sure.

Genre you most often choose to listen to: I tend to listen to a lot of narrative non-fiction (like memoirs) in audiobook format. I’ve started listening to a higher perception of fiction in audiobook form now than I used to.

If given the choice, you will always choose audio when: I often choose audio formats when it’s a book that I’ve heard a lot of things about, and think that I might enjoy, but don’t particularly feel like I “need” to own a physical copy of for the future. I also sometimes choose to listen to a book (instead of reading a dead-tree version) if I think that the narrator in the book might be interesting to hear out loud. For example, I listened to the books in the Dexter series in large part because I thought (correctly, as it turns out) that it would be fantastic to actually hear the inner thoughts of the protagonist.

If given the choice, you will always choose print when: I will pretty well always choose print if it’s a book that has a lot of facts that I want to be able to reference in it, or would want to put notes into the margins for it. That’s also part of my tendency not to borrow books from the library, though – almost all the books that I’ve read in the past are books that I own, whether on print or in audio, so that tends to be where the distinction lies for me in terms of what format I choose.

3 Comments

  • Jen - Devourer of Books June 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    THE HELP really is a fantastic audiobook.

  • Shelley June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I agree The Help was excellent. Non-fiction in audio works well for me too.

  • JoAnn June 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    The Help is my favorite audio, too! Cassandra Campbell is an excellent narrator.

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