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Monday, June 6, 2011

Audiobook Week 2011

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It's Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books!  In case you didn't know, June is Audio Book Month, so now is the perfect time to celebrate and find a good listen.  Jen's introductory question today is all about our personal audio experience.

I adore audio books.  If I don't have a book in hand, there's a pretty good chance I've got my headphones on and am listening to a good book.  Yeah, I'm the creepy girl riding the el, laughing out loud at the book in her head (this happened to me recently while listening to a Victoria Dahl book, and I was on the receiving end of some very strange looks).  I listen to books while grading papers, folding laundry,  cooking and doing all those other mundane, soul-killing chores.

Book cover of The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Like many others, I fell in love with audio books on a road trip.  Every year, my family spends a few summer weeks in Jackson Hole, and I love driving out there (a loooooong drive from Chicago).  A few years ago, my mom and I decided to try an audio book for the trip out, and downloaded Ivan Doig's The Whistling Season.  The book is set in Montana, so it seemed like a decent way to pass the 20+ hours in the car.  Truly, it wasn't just decent - it was perfect.  The book completely fit the scenery and the landscape, and the reader so captured the spirit of the West, that I was hooked on audio books forever.  No joke, it was almost a religious experience.

I often use audio books as a genre change-up.  Most of my non-fiction, action-adventure and thriller reading is done via audio.  Generally I'm a romance fiend, but unless you have a stellar reader, it's creepy listening to someone describe writhing bodies.

Book cover of Plum Island by Nelson DeMille (John Corey audiobook)
I'll save my favorite audio books for later in the week, but I wanted to share my current listen - Plum Island by Nelson DeMille (again, a genre departure).  John Corey is a wise-cracking, irreverent, too-smart-for-his-own-good NYPD homicide cop, and this is the first book in the Corey series, though the third I've listened to.  Each of the books is close to 20 hours listening time, but the time flies by because reader Scott Brick does such a fantastic job of voicing Corey and describing the mystery he's solving.

You want to know how good it is?  I loaned my brother (who never reads) one of the John Corey audio books...and he asked if he could borrow more.  That, my friends, is the sign of something good.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about everyone's audio book experiences!  If you're interested in signing up for Jen's week-long celebration, check out the sign-up post here.

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  1. It is sort of fun being the creepy girl on the El with the hilarious or emotional audiobook. Also, hi! I live near you, out in the suburbs.

  2. I didn't know it was audiobook week! I just happened to post a review for two audiobooks this week and have a reflection coming up next week. Darn it. But great post. I'm looking forward to more.


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