My Year in Audiobooks

June 6, 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: 2010-2011, Your Audiobook Year

Last year, I participated in this event shortly after I really started listening to audiobooks. (Though I remembered today, while thinking back on my childhood reading, that the first true audiobooks that I listened to were probably the cassette versions of Brave Little Tailor and Cowboy Mickey and the Secret Cave that I almost wore out from playing so many times when I was a kid.)

This year, I’ve read more audiobooks than I ever have before. Here’s what I’ve read and reviewed since this event last year:

  1. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  2. Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
  3. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler
  4. Methland: The Death and Life of An American Small Town by Nick Reding
  5. Mennonite in A Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen
  6. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  7. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  8. The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran by Hooman Majd
  9. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  10. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
  11. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  12. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  13. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church by Gina Welch
  15. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  16. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  17. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
  18. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  19. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell
  20. Room by Emma Donoghue
  21. Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi
  22. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  23. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  24. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  25. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  26. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  27. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  28. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  29. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
  30. Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
  31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  32. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  33. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  34. Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
  35. Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
  36. Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay
  37. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  38. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
  39. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
  40. The Ice Man: Confessions of a Contract Killer by Philip Carlo
  41. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody

… holy crap, that’s a lot of audiobooks! And that’s not even including the 5 other audiobooks that I finished reading but have been saving to review this week, or the one currently on my iPhone.

As you can see, I’ve learned to love audiobooks an awful lot in the past year. I’ve read an average of one audiobook a week! I’m not sure I can pick a favourite, though I can say that there are quite a few in the list above that I probably loved as audiobooks more than I would’ve loved them as paper books.

Right now, I mostly listen to audiobooks while walking to and from work (and elsewhere), while running or at the gym, and for a while before bed every night. I also listen to them while cleaning or doing other chores, and sometimes I just lie down in bed – or sit at my computer – and turn one on just for the hell of it!

What about you? Are you an audiobook reader?

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