Audiobook Week: Jumping in Mid-Week

June 27, 2012

http://www.devourerofbooks.comJune is Audiobook Month, and for the third 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.

I had a bit of a Life Without Internet crisis for the last few days (almost a week already!), and just got re-connected today. So I missed part of the week, but I’m definitely in now!

Today’s topic is: Mid-Week Meme

Current/most recent audiobook: A few days ago, I finished listening to Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinburg. I’m now listening, after a few years of adamantly arguing that I’d never pick up it, to Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Impressions: I’m not loving it, but I’m not hating it quite as much as I had expected. I’ve already got quite a few notes on things that she makes serious errors in, things that I suspect will come up again and which I suspect she repeats quite often when she is telling people how “awful” Islam “really is”. But we’ll see. I’m trying to keep an open mind.

Current/most recent favorite audiobook: I listened to a whole lot of audiobooks last month in preparation for the Armchair Audies. I think my favourite was probably American Gods (which I’ll be reviewing later this week), but there were others that were really good as well.

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently: I’m usually not a fan of authors reading their own audiobooks, but I really loved Libba Bray reading Beauty Queens. It was absolutely fantastic. Also, I felt the same way about the sections of American Gods where Neil Gaiman was the narrator.

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist: I just downloaded The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara. It’s funny – the book isn’t all that new, I remember her being a guest at a school I was teaching at back in 2008-2009, but I didn’t get to be there since I had to teach a class at the same time as she was there. But I just came across it on sale on Audible.com (for $5!) and had to pick it up.

Your audio dream team (what book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):

I pretty much think that Simon Vance and Neil Gaiman should read something together. That’d be kinda cool. Other than that, though, I’m pretty open to anything.

3 Comments

  • Jen - Devourer of Books June 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Ooh, that would be an interesting narration team!

  • Laurie C June 28, 2012 at 5:45 am

    American Gods was a fantastic audiobook. I listened to it out of order after Anansi Boys. Wonder how the new edition is different from the old…

    • Carina June 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I listened to the new edition! Supposedly it’s closer to the version that Gaiman originally wanted to write, it’s significantly longer for one (about 12000 words, I think?). I haven’t read the old edition, though, so I don’t know what else, really.

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