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Edited: Nov 8, 2018, 8:40am Top

I love audiobooks! This is a place to discuss all things audiobooks. I would love to hear your ideas!

Where do you get your audiobooks from?

CDs from your library or book store?

How/where do you listen to your books?

I listen in my car as I'm commuting to and from work. I try listening when I'm doing chores, but I get distracted.
I've tried Alexa and that is okay, but she creeps me out a little bit.
I've started walking and I'm listening on my phone while I do that. Any recommendations on MP3 players for audiobook listening? Apple stinks for not making them anymore.

Favorite audiobooks?

Favorite narrators?

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Edited: Nov 7, 2018, 11:05pm Top

I am now down to using Overdrive. I do not have an audible subscription, as it's not worth the price for me. I was occasionally buying a daily deal, but those are no longer available for those of us who don't have a subscription.

I did start getting the daily deals through the Canadian audible site, but I use am mp3 player and the Canadian site does not play nicely with mp3 players (apparently they are outdated and everyone is expected to have a phone to listen with... or something; I'm sure I contacted their help, anyway, and they weren't helpful). I did buy one book from them before I realized that. I did get it on to my mp3 player with some fiddling, but I'm not sure I want to do that again, so I may not buy anymore.

I may now simply be at the mercy of my library and Overdrive.

Nov 7, 2018, 11:04pm Top

I don't drive, but I take public transit and walk a lot, so I listen while I walk, or when I do house or yard work. If the bus is full and I can't sit, I will continue to listen. If I am able to sit down, I usually switch to a print or e-book.

Nov 7, 2018, 11:08pm Top

I made a list of favourite audio books:

The Help
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Thirteen Reasons Why
Will Grayson Will Grayson
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Ready Player One
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

I occasionally add to the list, but that's what I have now. Not all of them are on my favourites list, overall, but a few were included just because of the audio, itself. It just "fit", in some cases.

Nov 8, 2018, 6:15am Top

I've never done audiobooks but I want to try. We're going away in Jan and I'm taking a hand-piecing quilt project with me and would like to try an audiobook so I can do two things at once. I tried one a couple of years ago (one of the Anne of Green Gables books), but it started with Anne and her friend Diana and I couldn't tell who was talking and gave up. I know various people have talked about good narrators so I'm hoping that will be mentioned here too,. I'll probably just use Overdrive and get the books from the library.

Nov 8, 2018, 6:33am Top

I listen to audiobooks in the car, so will be chipping in. I tend to listen to short stories now, as my commuting has reduced in frequency. I have, when I was commuting ~ 10 hours a week, listening to all sorts of things. Dickens actually worked really well in that format.

Nov 8, 2018, 7:14am Top

I have learned to love listening to audiobooks on my way to and from work. It's about a 40 minute drive each way, so a decent amount of time to listen. One of my favourite narrators is Caroline Lee. She narrates for Liane Moriarty and others.
I listened to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine earlier in the year and loved it. The narration was spot on, in my opinion. Narrated by Cathleen McCarron.

Nov 8, 2018, 8:17am Top

I mostly listen to Overdrive Audiobooks. One of my libraries has a RBdigital collection too, but I don't use it as much. I find the libraries have enough options for me without needing to subscribe to Audible.

Nov 8, 2018, 8:20am Top

I always have an audiobook going in addition to any print books I'm reading. I am very particular about what I listen to, specifically the narration. Nothing ruins a book for me faster than poor reading. I use Audible, Overdrive, and Hoopla for listening. I actually prefer Overdrive's interface of all of them. I don't drive often, but when I do (even if it's only 5 or 10 minutes), my book is playing.

Some of my favorites:

*His Dark Materials series (excellent full cast)
*World War Z (another fantastic full cast)
*Illuminae (this one is like theater for your ears)
*Harry Potter (Jim Dale is phenomenal - I'd love to hear the Stephen Fry ones some day)
*Anything narrated by Wil Wheaton, most recently Lock In, which was terrific
*The Doctor Who and Torchwood audio dramas. Audible has these in sets that contain 10 to 15 or so stories. They're a great deal and many are read by cast members. I could happily listen to David Tennant read the back of a cereal box.


*A Walk in the Woods
*At Home in the World
*Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Ones I'm looking forward to:

Nov 8, 2018, 8:39am Top

I began listening to books about 10 years ago. I started with re-reads of books I love, like Jane Austen. But since I've learned to listen to books, so read new books to me now as well. I love the various accents and voices used, and it really puts me into the story. I particularly like listening to sci fi and fantasy. Although a few mystery series seem to translate well into audio.

I use Overdrive, but also have a subscription at Audible and recently got one on Kobo, since that is even cheaper than Audible for a monthly credit.

Generally speaking, I have an ebook I'm reading, and an audio book as well. I listen to the audio when I'm doing chores around the house, sitting relaxing, and sometimes whilst watching a sporting event on TV since we often watch those with the sound off. For the most part I don't listen to them in the car, because we really don't have any long commutes here (I'm retired).

Nov 8, 2018, 8:47am Top

>6 dudes22: I would recommend when you pick up an audiobook again to try one with only a single narrator to start with. Once your brain gets in the rhythm of listening to books then branch out to a multiple narrator or cast audio. An exception would be if it was a male and female narrator. Then it wouldn't be too difficult for a start.

>10 virginiahomeschooler: I forgot to put Hoopla up on top and I use it a lot.

>11 majkia: The Kobo is the Libro.fm isn't it? I wasn't sure so I was looking at my local bookstore web page and that is what I took away from it.

Nov 8, 2018, 8:57am Top

>3 LibraryCin: Your entire MP3 experience with Audible is what I was afraid of. It's a shame because I hate wasting the battery on my phone, but I love my audiobooks.

>7 Helenliz: >8 Roro8: Nice to have some car listeners on board. It makes my drive to work so bearable. I started listening when my mom was frequently in and out of the hospital. I was constantly driving back and forth. I took out the CDs from my library of Harry Potter. I had never read HP before and Jim Dale was magical. It saved my sanity.

My previous commute experience with audiobooks was about 10 years ago, I lived about an hour away from work. I went to the library to see what series was available to listen to. Something simple that wouldn't distract me too much while driving. My vehicle at the time had CD and cassette. It was a 2003 vehicle, not sure why it had cassette, but that worked to my advantage. I started listening to the Cat Who books by Lillian Braun. I found the books a bit silly, but George Guidall was fantastic! That was it for me. I was sold on audio.

Nov 8, 2018, 9:34am Top

I do probably 95% of my reading via audiobooks because of vision problems. I can get through an audiobook much faster than any type of print book. I usually have 2 audiobooks going at once, one for work and one for home. I get my books from several different places, the library with Overdrive; Audible, which I keep saying I want to cancel, but can't bring myself to do it; Kindle Unlimited books with audio available through Audible; Librivox for some classics I can't find at the library and one that nobody has mentioned Playster. They offer a monthly subscription for borrowing audiobooks, they also have a plan where you can use their e-books, movies, music & games (although the games never seem to work). Is anyone else familiar with them?

I usually listen while doing housework, busy work at work, on my walk to and from work or while taking other walks outside, or just while sitting around playing games on my iPad. I also tend to listen at double speed which my family thinks is insane, but I've gotten so used to it that normal speed seems so slow to me now lol.

My favorite narrator is probably Simon Vance. I've enjoyed pretty much anything I've listened to of his. I also enjoy Jayne Entwistle's narration of the Flavia de Luce series and Ralph Cosham's of the Three Pines series. I also highly recommend the His Dark Materials series, one of my all time favorite audiobook experiences. My least favorite narrators tend to be authors who read their own books, I've abandoned quite a few of these because of the narration.

Nov 8, 2018, 12:30pm Top

>12 luvamystery65: - I'm surprised you would say start with a single narrator. I think there was only one on the book I tried and I could tell which female she was supposed to be. I'll probably try something short with a couple of narrators. I have a couple that are on my wishlist on Overdrive that I'm thinking of. Or maybe one of the series I'm reading where I'm already familiar with the characters.

Nov 8, 2018, 12:47pm Top

>15 dudes22: Some narrators are better at reading with distinctive voices for each character. It's certainly a talent they don't all share. I love that audible and overdrive (and some of the other formats, I'm sure) allow you to sample a bit of the book before purchasing or borrowing. Though it's not always long enough to tell how well they will do with the different characters. I usually prefer multiple narrators unless it's non-fiction.

Nov 8, 2018, 2:54pm Top

I don't listen to a lot of audiobooks, although I have an Audible subscription. It's mainly for my husband who used to listen at work. I have, however, listened to the Jim Butcher Harry Dresden series, and James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) is absolutely fabulous. For one book, they switched to another narrator, and there was such an uproar they redid it with James.

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>13 luvamystery65: Your entire MP3 experience with Audible is what I was afraid of. It's a shame because I hate wasting the battery on my phone, but I love my audiobooks.

Audible.com still works for my mp3 player (I have older software already installed on my PC, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not). It's the Canadian site that doesn't work with that software, though, to be able to easily transfer it to my mp3 player. (But, I won't be buying from them, anymore, as the cost of a subscription isn't worth it for me, and I can no longer get the daily deals.)

I see someone mentioned Kobo, but it's the same as audible.ca, where if you are using an mp3 player, that's "old" technology and it won't work.

I don't even have a smartphone. I have a flip phone. I do have a tablet, but I'm not going to carry that in my pocket while I listen to a book! Even a smartphone, in my opinion, is too big for me to carry while I do yard or housework and listen.

My little mp3 player is fairly new (bought just over a year ago) - it's a Sansa Clip (Sansa was also the brand of my previous mp3 player and it lasted me 10 years!). It's smaller than a business card and will clip on to my shirt, or somewhere I want to clip it. I used to just put it in a pocket, but the buttons are very sensitive and will often activate if I bend over or something!

You could always contact Audible.com to see if you can still use the old software if you want to transfer to an mp3 player or if they have newer software that will work with an mp3 player. Just to warn you, though, Sony mp3 players will not work with the Audible software (though it did work with Overdrive. I tried it before getting my Sansa Clip, only to discover it didn't work for my Audible books, so I returned it).

Nov 8, 2018, 4:34pm Top

Oh, I think Hoopla is another one that doesn't work with mp3 players. I think you need a tablet or smartphone because you can only use it via their app. (This is going on memory - I was so excited to have another library option when Hoopla arrived, then was disappointed!)

Nov 8, 2018, 7:08pm Top

I buy audiobooks through iTunes and Big Finish, who produce Doctor Who audio dramas (full-cast and single narrator). Big Finish helped me "crack" audiobooks and I am grateful for them! My problem is that my mind wanders a lot when listening to audiobooks, so I have to be doing (a) nothing or (b) something REALLY boring, like dishes/sweeping/bathroom cleaning in order to remember what's going on.

That said, I did have a fair bit of success with audio on my last trip to Scotland; we travelled a lot by train on day trips, and I ended up listening to my audio rather than reading a print book.

I occasionally borrow audiobooks via Overdrive or Hoopla, but not too often because there's no guarantee that I can finish an audiobook in two weeks (especially if I'm listening to it only when doing chores...).

Nov 8, 2018, 7:23pm Top

>20 rabbitprincess: We can choose 7, 14, or 21 day loans. I always choose 21 and return it early if I'm done.

Nov 8, 2018, 7:27pm Top

>21 thornton37814: I don't think my library lets me pick 21-day loans for audiobooks. Or it didn't last time I checked. I do get 21-day loans for ebooks.

Nov 9, 2018, 12:07am Top

>14 staci426: I love Simon Vance, too! Especially when he reads Dickens. Vance makes each of the character voices distinct.

I also love Juliet Stevenson; she's recorded most of the Jane Austen novels, as well as George Eliot's Middlemarch.

The narrator can make or break an audiobook for me. I've enjoyed some authors who have read their own books--Simon Winchester, David McCullough, Barack Obama, Carol Burnett come to mind as author/readers who made the experience enjoyable.

Nov 9, 2018, 9:08am Top

>23 kac522: I've never listened to any of his Dickens works. I've always been hesitant to read Dickens for some reason, so this will be a good motivator for me to finally get to some of his works.

There have been some authors I've enjoyed who read their own books. I think they have mostly been non-fiction writers, particularly celebrity memoirs.

Nov 9, 2018, 1:43pm Top

>15 dudes22: I misread and thought you were listening to a multiple narrators with similar voices. That has happened to me, and it threw me way off! I agree with >16 virginiahomeschooler: that some narrators are better at creating distinctive voices for each character. Take my advice and do the opposite then!

Nov 9, 2018, 4:48pm Top

Like >14 staci426:, I've been listening to audiobooks more these past few years because it's easier on my eyes. I listen to them while driving and exercising, and now that my husband and I are empty nesters, I frequently listen while I'm doing house chores.

I borrow from my library using Overdrive and listen on my iPhone. Indeed, I use audiobooks so much that I pay for a membership to an out-of-town library with a much bigger e-audiobook collection than my local library.

I like several of the narrators mentioned so far, including Jayne Entwistle and Ralph Cosham.

A few others that I really like are:
- Grover Gardner, who does the Vorkosigan and Inspector Montalbano series
- James Marsters who does the Dresden Files series
- David Pittu, who did The Goldfinch and the 39 Clues series
- Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway!) who did The Son and many of Joe Hill's books
- Hugh Fraser, who had narrated most of Agatha Christie's work

Nov 9, 2018, 9:18pm Top

>26 mathgirl40: Grover Gardner & Jayne Entwistle are wonderful narrators.

Nov 10, 2018, 6:30am Top

I use Overdrive (or Libby). I also participate in the AudioSync program in summer for young adult free downloads of audios. I am a member of a Audible. I try to listen to one book and read at least one book at a time so that I have a book that is for doing household tasks, walks, driving and another for chair time and before going to sleep.

Nov 10, 2018, 12:28pm Top

>28 Kristelh: I try to listen to one book and read at least one book at a time so that I have a book that is for doing household tasks, walks, driving and another for chair time and before going to sleep.

Yes, me, too!

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Squeee! I love audiobooks!

I get my books from:
🐾 Audible (though I have canceled my subscription until I can get my TBL queue down to more manageable levels);
🐾 Downpour (a pretty big selection and no DRM on the files so I can play them on any device - ironic since I pretty much only listen on my iPhone these days.);
🐾 Library: Sometimes I will rip CDs/MP3-CDs from the library but this is becoming increasingly rare
🐾 Library: Libby/Overdrive and Hoopla though not often. For some reason, these apps keep glitching on my devices and I get tired of being thrown out of the story when it happens.
🐾 Stores/Marketplace: Every once in a blue moon, I will buy a CD edition of an audiobook (one that's OOP or one where I would rather listen to a previous narrator who recorded it.)

How/where do you listen to your books?
🐾 In the car and at home: That said, my driving time has greatly diminished in the past couple of weeks. I no longer take my daughter to/from school, and I've started a new job which is making considerable inroads on my reading & listening time at home :-/

Favorite audiobooks? Favorite narrators?
I have an Audiobook Pantheon of All-Time Personal Favorites. These are the audiobooks where I've rated both the story and the narration five-stars:

🐾 1984 (by George Orwell; narrated by Simon Prebble);
🐾 Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (by Alfred Lansing; narrated by Simon Prebble);
🐾 The Ghosts of Belfast (by Stuart Neville; narrated by Gerard Doyle) (n.b. - Edged out Adrian McKinty's Dead Trilogy in this list);
🐾 A Happy Marriage (by Rafael Yglesias; narrated by Grover Gardner);
🐾 In Cold Blood (by Truman Capote; narrated by Scott Brick);
🐾 Life of Pi (by Yann Martel; narrated by Jeff Woodman);
🐾 Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot);
🐾 The Millennium Trilogy (by Stieg Larsson; narrated by Simon Vance);
🐾 The Power of the Dog (by Don Winslow; narrated by Ray Porter);
🐾 The Sally Lockhart Quatrain (by Philip Pullman; narrated by Anton Lesser);
🐾 Shantaram (by Gregory David Roberts; narrated by Humphrey Bower);
🐾 The Thirteenth Tale (by Diane Setterfield; narrated by Bianca Amato & Jill Tanner);
🐾 To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee; narrated by Sissy Spacek)

Nov 11, 2018, 4:02am Top

I love audiobooks for the fact that I get to read an extra 30-60 minutes per day whilst driving. I can also put my earphones on and listen while I cook dinner and hubby is watching TV. I get most of my books from Overdrive or Audible.

Nov 11, 2018, 10:50am Top

I'm loving all the input so far!

I am a huge fan of George Guidall. He is Walt Longmire in my book. He did a couple of the Tony Hillerman Leaphorn/Chee books, but not all of them.

>17 owlie13: James Marsters as Harry Dresden kept me from ditching the Dresden Files. Somewhere between books 3 and 5 Harry was getting on my nerves and I didn't want to continue, but others reassured me that the series would get better. Listening to Marsters as Harry was very enjoyable so I kept at it. The series has gotten better and better. Something not every series can say after 15 books!

>24 staci426: Dickens is awesome with a good narrator! Simon Vance is a sure bet, but for Bleak House I went with Sean Barrett & Teresa Gallagher.

>26 mathgirl40: I've listened to Hugh Fraser, David Suchet and Dan Stevens narrate Agatha Christi. All very good. Dan Stevens also narrates Frankenstein for Audible and it is excellent. I love Grover Gardner in the Vorkosigan Saga. Listened to him on The Stand and there were a couple of pronunciations that threw me off. I'm from Texas so I just figured it might be me! :D I've listened to him narrate Mark Twain and I didn't care for it. So he is hit or miss with me. When he is good he is excellent though.

>30 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I also loved Alfred Lansing's narration of Endurance.

Nov 11, 2018, 2:17pm Top

>32 luvamystery65: - I might try the next Longmire book for one of my first if he's that good.

General question - how do you find out who's narrating the book? I looked one up on Overdrive that I was thinking of trying for my first audiobook but couldn't figure out who the narrator was.

Nov 11, 2018, 3:10pm Top

>33 dudes22: In the "by" field for Overdrive, it will usually list the author, translator (if applicable), and narrator. Narrator is usually the last person listed.

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>34 thornton37814: - Thanks - I'm going to go look at one.

ETA: SO - If it only lists the author, do you think that means they are the narrator?

ETA2: Ok - I looked up one of the Craig Johnson Longmire series and I see the narrator under the author.

Nov 13, 2018, 1:18pm Top

I have become a fan of audio books over the last few years. Some of my favorite narrators are Simon Vance, Juliet Stevenson, Caroline Lee and Davina Porter. When I first started audio books I would fall asleep while listening so I have learned to listen while I do some fairly mindless chore like house work or knitting. Sometime I simply listen while on my computer playing mindless games that don't require much thinking. One of my favorite audio books was Life by Keith Richards that had multiple narrators, including Richards himself, each one doing a different time in his life. I have an audible account and have had no problems with them at all.

Nov 13, 2018, 8:11pm Top

I listen to audiobooks, but slowly. I listen in my car during my commute and found that I tend to tune them out as you tune out background radio, so I've found that rereads or funny memoirs work best for me. Rereads that I've loved listening to include all of Jane Austen and Middlemarch read by Juliet Stevenson. I'm also listening to Kristin Lavransdatter right now. I always intend to reread classics and this has been a great way to do it.

I've also loved books like Bossypants by Tina Fey and How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. I definitely want to listen to Michele Obama's book, but I'll wait in the very long library line.

I use overdrive and check out books from my library, but this doesn't work well for long books because it's only a 21 day check out and most have a waiting list so you can't renew. So I occasionally do an audible membership and buy a few books I know I want to listen to that are long.

Nov 22, 2018, 9:01pm Top

I borrow audiobooks from Overdrive through the local library. I also have access to RBdigital but have had trouble accessing any so I gave up. I listen while I'm exercising or working around the house.

A great narrator can improve an audiobook over the written version even when it was a great book to begin with (unfortunately the opposite is true too). I don't care for American readers (no matter how good they are) when they put on a posh English accent. It just doesn't work for me.

My favourite narrators are Roger Allam, Bernadette Dunne, Simon Vance, Robert Bathurst, Martin Jarvis, Anton Lesser, Juliet Stevenson, Robert Glenister, Roy McMillan, and John Lee.

I just finished And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie with an outstanding reading by Dan Stevens. Now I'll be on the lookout for more by Stevens.

Nov 23, 2018, 10:34am Top

I absolutely hate dramatized audiobooks! I've mistakenly purchased two and it was so annoying to have all the background "noise." I'm very careful now not to pick up anything dramatized. Also, I always listen to the 2-3 minute clip from the book before I purchase, because I've also purchased a book where the British Cockney or Irish Brogues were so heavy that I had to slow the speed down to 80 to understand and to be honest, I didn't enjoy them that much. Some of my favorite readers are: Davinia Porter, Larry McKeever, Atossi Leoni, Corrie James, and Cristina Panfilio.

Nov 23, 2018, 6:54pm Top

>39 tess_schoolmarm: I seem to be in a minority, but I quite like some of the dramatized ones. Little bits of sound or music in the background is fine for me.

The BBC dramatization of The Birds I thought was amazing! I think I gave it 5 stars, even!

Nov 25, 2018, 3:19am Top

I'm also a fan of audiobooks. I forgot to cancel my audible account in time this year and it renewed so I must remind myself to cancel once I use up all my credits. I have lots of books in the audible library so don't need to have a sub at present. I also have access to my library's overdrive and borrowbox digital library. I listen on my iPod Touch while I doing the gardening or in the kitchen preparing food.

My favourite narrator is John Lee and I've listened to heaps of scifi with him plus a couple of classics. My first audiobook was Snowcrash which I adored and I've just finished Reamde (38 hrs), both narrated by John Lee. If I don't like the narration I won't listen and have discarded many worthy books as they just sound like a constant drone.

I also listen to CDs in my car, at present I'm rereading Lord of the Rings, this will be my first time by audio, I'm halfway through the first book. The narrator is Rod Inglis and he's good.

Edited: Nov 25, 2018, 11:27am Top

>41 avatiakh: Where do you live? I live in the US and the editions of Neal Stephenson audiobooks that you mentioned and that are offered to us are narrated by Jonathan Davis and Malcolm Hillgartner respectively (and the latter title isn’t available on Audible at all anymore!)

One of my favorite narrations by John Lee is a litfic book, The Solitude of Thomas Cave (by Georgina Harding.) It’s about a man who lives on an Arctic island for a year on a dare/bet. I found the book & narration to be hypnotic. I usually like more action-driven plots but even after years of having listened to this one, I can still hear Lee’s voice in my head and picture the landscape and feeling of the book.

I’m listening to The Hobbit (by J.R.R. Tolkien; narrated by Rob Inglis) now, too! I’m not liking it as much as you are: The narration style feels very dated to me, and I’m not a fan of the singing. Nonetheless, I’ll finish.

Edited: Nov 28, 2018, 2:40pm Top

>42 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I live in New Zealand, but use audible US at present. I just checked and you are right, Reamde is narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner, I had it on my iPod for ages and just made an assumption, it was my first audiobook in a many months as I got out of the habit of using my iPod. I listened to Snowcrash so long ago that I assumed it was John Lee because I started being a fan around then, makes sense as Stephenson is a US writer and John Lee mostly does UK writers and classics. Anyway both audiobooks were really great.
I'm listening to John Lee narrate Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton right now. He's narrated a lot of the scifi I've listened to - Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.

With LOTR I've just grown used to the style. I'm only listening in the car for short periods so am fine with it. Yes, the songs are not my thing either.

Edited: Dec 2, 2018, 8:19am Top

What do you think about setting up a weekly question in 2019, “What are you listening to now?” Since the year begins and ends on a Tuesday, how about Tuesday? Or another day?

Or do we want to keep things more organic?

Dec 2, 2018, 6:23pm Top

>44 Tanya-dogearedcopy: This is such a great idea. I think it will keep things moving and fresh. I am excited to get some suggestions.

I'll do this on Thursdays. I have every Thursday off from work and as I have a few standing appointments/projects that I do on Thursdays, I will just add this to my list.

Thank you for the suggestion!

Dec 2, 2018, 6:34pm Top

I like that idea.

Dec 3, 2018, 3:12am Top

The short story thread this year has worked well as a single thread, where all the entries can be seen in one place. A weekly thread will end up with them being spread out and very hard to refer to.

Dec 3, 2018, 11:10am Top

Not a new thread but weekly ask what are you listening to. As a prompt for discussion.

Dec 3, 2018, 11:19am Top

>48 luvamystery65: - ahh, got you. OK.

Edited: Dec 13, 2018, 5:13pm Top

I prefer audiobooks because I am getting old and arthritis in my fingers often makes difficult to read printed books.

I do have a slight hearing problem so I am rather choosy about narrators. I prefer male narrators because I often find female narrators a bit more difficult to understand. I do not like most full cast recording as there is usually at least one person I have trouble with.

Of the top of my head some of my favourite audiobooks include

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington, narrated by Sian Philips
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger, narrated by Scott Sowers, David Aaron Baker, Henry Strozier
American Gods by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman and others.
The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien, narrated by Jim Norton
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, narrated by Bernadette Dunne

Dec 13, 2018, 5:53pm Top

What are you reading this week?

I wrapped up Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Joan Walker. She did a decent job. I found her children's voices a bit whiny the first time I listened to her on My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She Sorry, also by Backman. This time around, she wasn't as whiny. This listen was for my book club.

Currently, I'm listening to My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, narrated by Adepero Oduye. The characters all have the Nigerian English accent, but the narrator and the main character speak in an American English accent so that is a bit jarring as I listen.

Dec 13, 2018, 5:58pm Top

>50 Zozette: I love American Gods. I really need to get the full cast version. I have the original audio version by George Guidall, and as much as I LOVE him, I find he wasn't the right fit for the book. He did justice for some of the characters, but he was just not Shadow for me and his Laura was not good. I thought Bernadette Dunne was perfect for We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

Edited: Dec 13, 2018, 9:30pm Top

I just finished two for the Holiday Season:

A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens; narrated by Simon Vance) - It wasn't until a few years ago, that I really got into this perennial favorite! I had never quite understood the horror aspect of it until I found out that it the Victorians used to tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve (!?!) This Classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the ghosts who haunt him on Christmas Eve is well-known, at least in the Western world, with seemingly innumerable iterations, and yet I find myself discovering new aspects to this novella with each re-reading. This is an audiobook edition from 2011, narrated by the superlative Simon Vance.


The Chimes (by Charles Dickens; narrated by Richard Armitage) - This is a novella written by Charles Dickens and published a year after A Christmas Carol. I was not familiar with this one, but it turns out to be much in the same vein as its better-known sibling. It's is also a ghost story with social commentary and melodrama; And here again, the main character is led on a sort of overview of his life, guided by a preternatural being. But I have to admit, I was not sure what was going in what were, in retrospect, key or pivotal moments. For a clearer understanding, I'll probably re-read this in print next time. This was my first time listening to Richard Armitage and I know there are people out there who just adore him; but I found his lisping and slurring a bit hard to decipher at times, and it may have contributed to my not getting parts of the book. I'll try something else by him in the future though.

I've just started What It Is Like To Go To War (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) - Almost ten years ago, one of my favorite all-time audiobooks, Matterhorn, was released. Shortly thereafter, this NF memoir was published but for some reason, I hadn't read or listened to it! I understand that Marlantes' next novel is to come out next year (family saga set in the PNW) so it's time now to get this one in! :-)

Dec 13, 2018, 8:25pm Top

I'm currently listening to The Dread Wyrm . I love this series. Good narrator too, Neil Dickson.

Dec 13, 2018, 8:42pm Top

For the holiday season I am listening to the Twelve Doctors of Christmas because I am an avid Doctor Who fan.

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In case anyone is interested, I made a list of some of my favourite audio books.

ETA: Well, they aren't all favourite books, or even audios (thought many are), but the audio, specifically, impressed me for some reason or other. I think I put a comment by each of them.

Dec 14, 2018, 4:25am Top

I just finished an amazing audio - Beartown (sorry, I can't get the touchstone working) by Fredrik Backman. I knew nothing about ice hockey, but that didn't stop me giving this book 5 stars. Great narration too.

Dec 15, 2018, 3:12pm Top

>57 Roro8: Good to hear! I have that audiobook on hold at the library, although I'm far down the list.

Dec 15, 2018, 4:19pm Top

I'm currently listening to The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and it is just as glorious as I thought it would be. If you love Nick and Megan, and how could you not, I highly recommend this on audio.

Dec 16, 2018, 7:48pm Top

>53 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I know what you mean regarding Richard Armitage's narration. I do like the way he reads poetry and when he is narrating a passage using his normal voice, it sounds nice. Some of his accents are difficult to understand because he doesn't enunciate well. I don't know if it is purposeful or not. I am currently listening to The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon which is narrated by him. His slurring is not as bad on this one, but I'm early in. Audible does love him and uses him a lot on their original recordings.

>54 majkia: I'm not familiar with this series. What is it that you love about it?

>55 Zozette: I hate to admit that I had not really paid too much attention to Dr. Who over the years, but I saw it is available to view on Amazon Prime so I may start watching when I'm done with my statistics class.

>56 LibraryCin: I'm off to look at your list.

>57 Roro8: I just finished two audios by Fredrik Backman as I stated in >51 luvamystery65:. It was for book club and I don't think I would have picked up these books if it weren't for that, but I'm very glad I did. Looks like a different narrator than the two I listened to. I'll have to put this on my TBR.

>58 VivienneR: Let us know what you think of the audio when you get it from your library.

>59 virginiahomeschooler: This sounds like a great road trip book.

Dec 17, 2018, 6:33am Top

>60 luvamystery65: I love it because the characters are so fun. A smart ass knight with secrets and always plans within plans that he never shares. Also, swords, and dragons, and magic. Probably the most specific sort of details on knights and their armor and fighting I've read in many a year.

Dec 17, 2018, 9:00am Top

Almost finished with The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. I listen when I am in the car.

Dec 17, 2018, 9:09pm Top

I am currently listening to William Gibson's The Difference Engine, narrated by Simon Vance. Never thought I would say this, but even Simon Vance is only marginally succeeding in keeping my interest with this read. ;-)

Dec 20, 2018, 2:37pm Top

>61 majkia: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Sounds cool.

>62 mnleona: I love listening in the car.

>63 lkernagh: If Simon Vance can't pull it off, then you know it's trouble.

Dec 20, 2018, 2:41pm Top

I just started listening to A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki read by the author. So far it is brilliant! I'm always wary of authors reading their own works, but Ozeki is excellent. She is so good at doing the teen attitude that I had to have a look at her photo to make sure she wasn't fourteen. I laughed when Nao, the young character bought a copy of Proust because it fit perfectly into her purse. Top marks for the story and for the narrator.

Dec 20, 2018, 2:46pm Top

What are you listening to this week?

I finished up My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, narrated by Adepero Oduye. It was short and I enjoyed it very much.

I'm currently listening to The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, narrated by Richard Armitage. The slurring is still there, but not quite to the degree as in The Chimes.

Next up for me is the last book in the Binti series, The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor, narrated by the fantastic Robin Miles. This should close out 2018 for me.

After I'm done with above, I plan to listen to Stephen Fry narrate Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dec 20, 2018, 2:52pm Top

>65 VivienneR: A tale for the time being is on my TBR list. Good to know the audio works well.

Dec 20, 2018, 4:03pm Top

I'm still listening to What It Is Like to Go to War (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot.) This is a NF semi-memoir/semi-psychological analysis of the soldier's psyche while doing "our nation's killing." Having no military background or aspirations, I am not the target audience but I find it interesting from a sociological perspective, i.e. becoming more aware of some of the issues that face veterans. There are a couple helicopter rescue stories (They always make me tear up a bit for some inexplicable reason) and interesting anecdotes, but even though Bronson Pinchot narrated Matterhorn with great effect (and so it must be reasoned that he more than qualifies to narrate this book too,) I wish the author himself had read it. Still, I'm halfway through and plan on finishing it this weekend.

Dec 20, 2018, 4:38pm Top

>1 luvamystery65: I used to have a script to Audible with the addition of the Romance package; then I realised Scribd was a better script for budgets. However, I have three library cards and all three use OverDrive - which is where I like to find audiobooks as well. I can also borrow audiobooks on CD through local libraries and/or through inter-library loan.

I would love to purchase audiobooks from Downpour at some point as I love their site; my libraries aren't keen on Hoopla though I am dearly curious about it myself so I can't comment. Whilst cloudLibrary in theory sounds good but I don't like their app/site from what I've researched of it as I prefer OverDrive's ease of use. Libro.fm I didn't like the interface and RBdigital I haven't tried/seen as my libraries do not use it.

I love knitting and/or colouring as I listen to audiobooks as it helps pull me into the story. I really feel like I've LIVED the story at the end!

Favourite audiobooks?

I'm a new listener since (2016) however, off the top of my head these are my personal favourites found as a book blogger who reviews audiobooks:

The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry*
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc and The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe, narrated by Moira Quirk*
Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase, narrated by Lucy Brownhill*
RimRider by L.A. Kelley, narrated by Cassandra Richardson
Next Stop Chancey by Kay Dew Shostak, narrated by Suzanne Barbetta
Halfway Witchy by Terry Maggert, narrated by Erin Spencer
Timekeeper by Tara Sim, narrated by Gary Furlong

Non-Fiction favourite:

Life as a Spectrum Mom by Karen Pellett, narrated by Sara K. Sheckells

The first three Anne of Green Gables produced by Post Hypnotic Press* (narrated by Colleen Winton)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm produced by Post Hypnotic Press (narrated by Ann Richardson)
The Kay Hunter series by Rachael Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell* (quite literally devoured 6x in 2018!)


Favourite Narrators

By far - Jake Urry, Moira Quirk, Heather Henderson (hadn't mentioned but I listened to her adaptations of the Betty MacDonald memoirs), Ann Richardson, Colleen Winton, Erin Spencer, and Alison Campbell.


In reference to #KayHunter - it was a dramatic crime drama series I took a chance on via a blog tour and I ended up being able to continue hosting the whole series throughout Spring 2018! It was beyond incredible and I am so dearly attached to the series at this point... I feel like I have lived every inch of Kay's life!! The narrator is what hugged me so close to the series, too. Which is the best bit!!

I truly love ALL of these stories and narrators - I hope you will find a new author/story/narrator you'll love too!

Dec 20, 2018, 8:58pm Top

On the train yesterday I listened to a Doctor Who audio-exclusive adventure: the first half of Blackout & The Art of Death. It was disappointing. The narrator was straining to produce multiple voices, and Amy was totally beyond him. I ended up just having the audio on in the background while I read other stuff.

Dec 20, 2018, 10:15pm Top

>69 joriestory: I find it very interesting that you mention Post Hypnotic Press. Not many people note who the publishers of their audiobooks are, much less a relatively small publishing house like PHP!

I have a love/hate relationship with Downpour. I love the quality of the downloads but the selection is limited and the app drives me crazy! Generally, I find the whole indexing functionality of the app worthless, but it has stabilized over the years (it used to crash on me all the time and/or seize up my phone) and it keeps my place without having to actively bookmark :-)

I definitely prefer the audible app BUT since I've canceled my subscription in an effort to clear some of the backlog, the SPAM is unbelievable! In my e-mail and snail mail, I feel like I'm assaulted every day! Sigh. I guess that's the price to be paid for having any sort of relationship with an Amazon company :-/

Dec 20, 2018, 10:48pm Top

>66 luvamystery65: Right now, listening to The Woman Who Smashed Codes I'm quite liking it!

Dec 23, 2018, 2:04am Top

>71 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Really? I love talking about publishers? I find the quality of PHP's releases to be incredible and I love how they are selective about which works they are producing into audiobook. They take time to match the right narrator for the right story which is something I applaud.

Hmm.. in truth, I haven't browsed Downpour in quite a long while - I just remembered I enjoyed what I saw avail on their site at the time, so perhaps it has changed and is harder to use. I admit, I don't listen to audiobooks by phone, so that could be one difference in our experiences. Also, since I cancelled my script for Audible I never receive unwanted mails? Sorry to hear you do.

Dec 24, 2018, 8:38am Top

I listened to Echoes from the Macabre by Daphne du Maurier, narrated by Valentine Dyall. He had that upper class, resonant sort of voice that adds weight to everything it says. 5 different stories, all of which had an undercurrent of menace about them. I was quioyte glad to be listening to them in the security of my car, and not somewhere uncomfortable. Not one for the dark night when the wind is whistling in the trees.

Dec 24, 2018, 3:39pm Top

I finished listening to Rachel Caine's Ink and Bone which I enjoyed more than I expected to. Well read as well!

Dec 25, 2018, 9:33am Top

>75 majkia: I listened to that one, also; I thought it was super!

Dec 27, 2018, 9:54pm Top

>68 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I really like Bronson Pinchot as a narrator.

>69 joriestory: Welcome! I hadn't thought about coloring while I'm listening. That is a fantastic idea.

>70 rabbitprincess: That is so disappointing.

>72 LibraryCin: That was one of our book club nominations for next year, but it didn't make the cut. I was really disappointed.

>74 Helenliz: I read a collection of her short stories a couple of years ago and I agree she can be be very creepy. The Apple Tree had exactly that undercurrent of menace that you describe. I really need to read more by du Maurier. I tried to read Rebecca a few years ago, and it was a hard no for me. I was going through a lot and I could not deal with the narrator (of the story, not audio narrator.)

>75 majkia: & >76 tess_schoolmarm: I'll need to track this down.

Dec 27, 2018, 9:58pm Top

What are you listening to this week?

I finished up The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, narrated by Richard Armitage. I'm finishing up the year listening to the final Binti, Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor, narrated by Robin Miles.

Once I'm done with Binti, I'll start up on Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry. I am very excited about this.

Dec 27, 2018, 10:25pm Top

I finally finished listening to What It Is Like To Go To War (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) - I fully expected to love this audiobook as it was the same author and audiobook narrator who "gave me" Matterhorn ten year sago; but it came up a bit short for me. I am not the target audience: I do not plan to go into the military, no family members of mine are or have been in the 21st century US military, and while I am not unaware or completely indifferent to the issues that face veterans, it's not my primary social justice crusade. Marlantes talks of possible approaches to handling the issues of those men and women who are sent to do "our nation's killing," and while he speaks from experience, and from a well-developed socio-psychological perspective, it's not the sort of thing that would get under my skin. There were some interesting anecdotes form his time as a Marine serving in Vietnam but also some disturbing stories of his time back in the US when he seemed to be stating that he saw ghosts. It is not clear if he was taking literary license or whether he really believes he saw ghosts... And, as much as I admire Bronson Pinchot, this would have benefitted from having the author narrate.

Dec 29, 2018, 8:15am Top

>75 majkia: I have the book but I think I will find the audio. I was planning on a re-read.

Dec 29, 2018, 8:33am Top

I'm listening to book #2 in the Sara Donati series Dawn on a Distant Shore. This series is the American version of Outlander, and very well done.

Dec 29, 2018, 9:02am Top

I finished the other half of Doctor Who: Blackout & The Art of Death. The Art of Death was narrated by Raquel Cassidy, and I found her vocal range a bit better than the other narrator's. The story itself was also more interesting. But overall I wasn't impressed by the collection. Perhaps the fact that the stories were billed as audio exclusives raised my expectations too much.

Jan 1, 4:53pm Top

On the reading front, I have hit the ground running starting my first audioread of 2019 - The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - for the January TBRCAT (first in, last out). I was listening to the book as I was dismantling our tree and festive trimmings and thought," This book is not flowing very well." Went online and discovered that I had downloaded from the library an abridged version of the story. Once I got over the shock that abridged versions exist in audio format (why, I don't know... for some reason I always thought Reader's Digest had the market on abridged books... the things one learns), I quickly located an unabridged version through the library system, borrowed and downloaded that version and.... life returned to normal.

Wishing everyone a wonderful start (and not the jarring experience I just encountered) to their 2019 audiobook reading!

Jan 1, 5:25pm Top

>83 lkernagh: Ugh, abridged audios! I'm glad you were able to find an unabridged version.

My first audio of 2019 is Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, Volume 2, another Big Finish full-cast audio drama. The first story, "Night of the Vashta Nerada", features the Fourth Doctor and is excellently creepy. I'm in the middle of the second story, "Empire of the Racnoss", which features the Fifth Doctor. Having these audios on hand makes it a lot easier to get through the cleaning!

Jan 1, 6:01pm Top

I have holds on 4 audios from my library. Hopefully one comes in soon. I'm hesitant to start another one that's available now... just watch and 2 or 3 would then come in at the same time!

Jan 1, 6:30pm Top

I finished Brilliance in audio format today. I enjoyed it much more than I'd expected to. And I do adore the reader, Luke Daniels.

Jan 1, 6:56pm Top

I am currently listening to Americanah by chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and narrated by Adjoa Andoh. I always have one audio going and this is my current one. I also have the kindle version on my kindle from Libby which is whisper synced.

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I stayed up way past my bedtime last night finishing my first audio listen of the year: Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon. This was a full cast dramatization of the novel that was offered as one of the free monthly Audible Originals that they have been giving away. I'm not usually a fan of dramatizations or books based on movies, this one takes place between the first two movies, but I ended up finding this a quick entertaining way to start off my listening year.

Jan 2, 11:30am Top

>88 staci426: I read that one (audio) last year.

Jan 2, 7:37pm Top

>88 staci426: I listened to that one a couple of years ago when it was nominated for an Audie Award! There were a few bloggers who participated in the Armchair Audies: Each blogger would listen to all the finalists in a category, review each, and then try and predict who would win the actual Audie and/or or comment on why they thought a certain audiobook should win! Alien: Out of the Shadows was a contender in the Audio Drama category. I enjoyed the story and even re-watched the first and second movies but ultimately I picked another book to win the category (But dang if I can remember who actually won! Anyway, lots of fun; and I see that Alien: River of Pain and Alien: Sea Of Sorrows is out too!

Jan 2, 7:48pm Top

I got The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory today at the library. It will count for 2019 Challenge of Alpha KIT. January is Q and A

Jan 3, 9:38pm Top

>83 lkernagh: Abridged audios are the worst! Why?

>85 LibraryCin: I hate when I get all my library holds at the same time no matter what format.

>86 majkia: Love Luke Daniels! I got to meet him the year before last. He was doing a play in Austin and hopped over to Houston when Kevin Hearne was at Murder by the Books for his Besieged short story collection. I have a few photos of me with Kevin Hearne over the years, so I was move over Kevin, I want a photo with Luke!

>87 Kristelh: That is a fantastic audio. Adjoa Andoh has the best accents.

>90 Tanya-dogearedcopy: The Armchair audies sound like fun! Perhaps you can host a version here this year?

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What are you listening to this week?

I jumped into Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry. I'm really enjoying this. I usually listen and 1.25 or 1.5 speed, but I've kept this at 1 because it's Fry and I'm enjoying him. I honestly thought I had read A Study in Scarlet before, but I don't recall part two at all. I may have just read a portion or read too many pastiches over the years. I'm taking my time with it now.

I'd like to listen to something short in between the Sherlock Homes books and stories. I think I'll listen to The Woman in Black by Susan Hill or True Grit by Charles Portis.

Jan 4, 9:04am Top

>90 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I've never actually followed the Audie Awards, but the Armchair Audies sound fun. I did enjoy Out of the Shadows, but don't see myself spending an actual credit on a novel dramatization to finish the rest of the series. Maybe I will look into the full novels at some point.

>91 mnleona: That is a great book and series over all. I listened to them a few years ago and thought they were excellent. I was actually hoping to get to more of Gregory's work this year.

I am currently listening to two books, one for work and one for home. Work book is a relisten of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, narrated by Carolyn McCormick, which I'm enjoying and should be finishing up today. My home listen is The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, excellently narrated by Grover Gardner.

Jan 4, 10:42am Top

>93 luvamystery65:, I picked up the Sherlock Holmes by Stephen Fry with recent sale. Glad to here it is good.

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I'm listening to The Lost Man by Jane Harper. It is excellent. The narrator is perfect, has his variety of Australian intonations down pat. The story has me totally drawn in. I'm looking forward to the drive to work so I can find out what is going on.

Jan 8, 9:42am Top

>93 luvamystery65: I love Fry's narration! I'm halfway through it and am now starting to feel like I have to save it for when I need a really good pick-me-up.

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Finished Americanah which was very well done. I enjoyed it. Now listening to The Three-Body Problem, also very well done.

Jan 8, 3:05pm Top

Finished Deadhouse Landing read by John Banks who did a great job. What a fun book. Prequel for the Malazan books.

Jan 8, 9:24pm Top

Luckily, one (and only one!) of my audio holds came in on the weekend, so I'm now listening to The Book of Negroes / Lawrence Hill. This is my 3rd read of the book, but first on audio. I actually rarely reread, but the 2nd and 3rd times were/are for book clubs. If it was something I didn't like, I wouldn't bother rereading. I figured, this time, I'd try a different format.

Jan 8, 11:38pm Top

I'm about halfway through Whiskey in a Teacup, which is delightfully charming.

Jan 9, 2:52am Top

>101 virginiahomeschooler: I have this in book format. It would never have occurred to me that they would have made an audiobook! The book is gorgeous.

Jan 9, 7:20am Top

>102 JayneCM: I borrowed it from Libby, and I love listening to Reese read it. But i can't access the pdf file that has the recipes and images. I do feel like I'm missing some of it by not having the physical book. Like when she talks about wallpaper, I assume there are photos of her fish and bird bathrooms. I'd love to see those. I may seek out a physical copy after I finish the audio.

Jan 9, 5:53pm Top

>103 virginiahomeschooler: The book really is lovely. And the recipes make me want to make everything immediately! No photo of fish but there is one of bird wallpaper. I am reading Gone With The Wind right now, so I think I need to make Reese's Mint Julep recipe!

I must admit to loving a physical book more than anything. I love just flicking through when I need a pick me up. Some books are just perfect for that.

Jan 10, 10:05pm Top

What are you listening to this week?

I'm having some connectivity issues at home so if I don't respond to all of this past weeks comments, I'll head to the library this weekend and get to everyone.

This past week I finished A Study in Scarlet from Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry. Fry's speaking voice is fantastic, but his narrating skills are exquisite. I was so impressed by his American accent. I would love to hear more American regional voices from him. I also liked his female voices. I was so taken I finally took the plunge and found the entire Harry Potter on CD narrated by Fry and ordered them. I've wanted to for years and never did, but it is getting harder to find the entire set on CD and can't get him here in the US for HP. I do love my Jim Dale version that I have on digital, but I look forward to HP Fry.

I will dip into Sherlock Holmes narrated by Fry as the year progresses. For now I am listening to the just released (Jan 8th) The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye narrated by January LaVoy. This is my first listen of LaVoy narrating. I'm enjoying her immensely. I love Faye so I'm glad she has a capable narrator for this outing. Faye comes to Houston next Monday. I plan to see her. She is one of my absolute favorites.

I also started The End of the Affair by Graham Greene narrated by Colin Firth. I'm very early in, but I like his narrating style so far.

Edited: Jan 10, 10:25pm Top

>94 staci426: I really want to read Annihilation. I have it on Kindle. Should try the audio if I can find it at the library.

>95 Kristelh: Great! I loved the first story A Study in Scarlet. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

>96 Roro8: Ro when I listened to the narrator of The Dry by Jane Harper I felt like I was in the story. I appreciated hearing the pronunciations of some of the names and words. In looking on Audible, it is the same narrator Stephen Shanahan that narrates The Lost Man. He really made The Dry come alive for me. I'm happy to hear that you think he has the intonations down pat.

>97 dreamweaver529: I know exactly what you mean! I took a little break so that I stretch it out longer. I'll listen to something else in between stories.

>98 Kristelh: I did Whispersync with Americanah but I did love the audio more.

>99 majkia: That title would make a very interesting entry for the end of the year meme that always goes around.

Describe where you currently live: Deadhouse Landing
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Deadhouse Landing
You fear: Deadhouse Landing
How I would like to die: Deadhouse Landing
My soul’s present condition: Deadhouse Landing

I jest! ;-)

>100 LibraryCin: Good news that only 1 of your audios came in instead of all 4.

>101 virginiahomeschooler: - >104 JayneCM: I bet this is a nice listen. I know just what you mean about some books you just want to hold and look at. I'm a little obsessed with color the last couple of years and I love books about color. I was showing my six year old goddaughter my copy of The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. She was fascinated by it. I told her I was saving it for her and when she gets older I'll pass it on. She was telling her mom, did you know that indigo is a blue that looks almost purple? She has my heart that one.

Jan 10, 10:33pm Top

>105 luvamystery65: Mmmmm Colin Firth's narration was so good! He raised the book's rating by a star for me; I would probably have been more annoyed by the protagonist in print ;)

Jan 10, 10:35pm Top

>107 rabbitprincess: I was thinking the same thing. He's so arrogant. Colin smooths it out like butter doesn't he? I'm early in. I'll let you know as I progress.

Jan 11, 1:22am Top

>106 luvamystery65: Oooh, The Secret Lives of Colour is on my purchase wishlist! I love colour too, and a whole book about colour - yay!

Edited: Jan 11, 1:33am Top

Last October, I started reading The Country of Ice Cream Star (by Sandra Newman) in ebook/print, but through no fault of the author, I let it slide and only got maybe a third of the way in. So I decided to try again, this time in audio (narrated by Lisa Renee Pitts) and I should be able to finish this 26-hour audiobook by the end of the month. In a future time, some sort of viral pandemic has wiped out the Anglo population of the world as well as fating the survivors to a shortened life span of 18-20 years. The story is told from the POV of Ice Cream Star, a 15-yo girl and fourth oldest member of her Sengles group. She's on a quest to get the cure for the disease that is starting to claim her brother. The language is an invented dialect that may seem difficult at first but it's actually surprisingly easy to adjust to. The audiobook narrator rises to the challenge and then some!

Jan 11, 3:29am Top

I have not read The Secret Lives of Colour but several years ago I read Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. It was very interesting, sadly not available as an audiobook.

Edited: Jan 11, 4:12am Top

>111 Zozette: Ooh , that one looks good too - add to my wishlist! Luckily I can claim them as a business expense!

And I just looked on BookDepository and Victoria Finlay also has a book called Jewels: A Secret History which looks fascinating as well.

Jan 11, 4:31am Top

I have Jewels: A Secret History but I have not read it yet.

Jan 11, 5:39am Top

>113 Zozette: Love to hear what you think!

Jan 11, 10:05am Top

In response to the dialogue going on about the narration changing how one experiences a book. I so agree with this. I think listening to a good narrator reading a book can change the whole experience. If I am reading a book and just pushing to get through it. I don't take time to create the mood, the voice, of the character. I lose something in the reading experience that I can retain in an audio, even if I am pushing the speed up to get through a book.

Jan 12, 8:26am Top

I'm 2/3rds or so of the way through The Girl Who Played with Fire. It is a great series and well read by our fav Simon Vance.

Edited: Jan 14, 3:22pm Top

Finished the audio of The Three-body Problem by Cixin Liu. I think the narration is quite good. Narrator Luke Daniels.

Jan 13, 10:09am Top

I finished the Big Finish audio drama Classic Doctors, New Monsters, Volume 2. Adjoa Andoh appears in one story in this box set and narrates a tale in Time Lord Fairy Tales, by Justin Richards, so I've decided to pick that for my next audio read.

Jan 14, 2:47pm Top

I'm listening to The Professor and the Madman: A tale of murder insanity and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester with a brilliant reading by the author. I was given a print copy as a gift that I'll keep for a re-read, which is guaranteed because the book is fascinating.

Jan 14, 4:46pm Top

>I19 I listen to it a couple of years ago. It is such an interesting story.

I have just started The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, narrated by George Blagden. I am only a couple of chapters in but am enjoying it so far.

Jan 15, 4:19am Top

>119 VivienneR: Ooh, I have that book on my list - good to hear it is fascinating! I was hoping it would be as it could also go the ay of dry and boring!

Jan 17, 12:22pm Top

I finished Wrote for Luck by DJ Taylor, narrated by Andrew Wincott
This is a series of short stories, written over about 20 years. I enjoyed the stories, which are somewhat understated with a subtle air of approaching melancholy, yet not completely depressing. A sense of an ending, I suppose. They were read in an appropriately understated manner, no emotional histrionics here. He did a couple of US accents (which I would have no icdea if they were right or not) and a Norfolk accent - with is very difficult to get right to one who knows it - of which he made a reasonable job. Enjoyable all round.

Jan 17, 2:49pm Top

I just finished the print copy of Radium Girls but before turning to print I tried the audio version and found Angela Brazil's narration absolutely unbearable. I thought I might get used to it, but after a short time I gave up. I think even that short time influenced my opinion of the book.

Jan 17, 11:18pm Top

What are we listening to this week?

I'm still listening to The End of the Affair by Graham Greene narrated by the wonderful Colin Firth. Maurice Bendrix is piece of work, but listening to Colin Firth narrate is so worth it.

I finished The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye narrated by January LaVoy. What a surprise at the end! Faye outdid herself and LaVoy was up to the task.

I hope to get back to some Sherlock Holmes. Up next narrated by Stephen Fry is The Sign of the Four.

Jan 17, 11:33pm Top

>110 Tanya-dogearedcopy: The invented dialect sounds interesting. I'm always curious how authors go about thinking those up.

>109 JayneCM: >111 Zozette: >112 JayneCM: I think you will love The Secret Lives of Color. Color: A Natural History of the Palette sounds like a very similar concept. I am definitely going to look for it. I have found some of the stories of color to be fascinating, such as how Mountbatten pink came about during WWII. The story behind Egyptian brown or Mummy brown was also very interesting.

>115 Kristelh: I think a narrator can bring so much to a book that is not always easy to convey in print. A perfect example in my experience was The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. I had some trouble reading it as it seemed the narrator would go off in fits of streams of consciousness. When I listened to the audiobook narrated by Claire Danes she brought the passages to life and I was able to witness the despair and even the memories of joy that the narrator had in a way I was unable to do so by simply reading.

>116 majkia: I really liked The Millenium Trilogy. I read it. I bet Simon Vance is so good reading it.

>117 Kristelh: The Three-Body Problem is on my TBR. I think I need to switch to audio. Love Luke Daniels.

Jan 17, 11:46pm Top

>118 rabbitprincess: I love when audio lTeads you to the next.

>119 VivienneR: I picked this up on an Audible sale. I haven't heard one bad thing about the book or the author's narration. Good to know you like it too.

>120 Zozette: This sounds like it will make me cry. Keep us posted on how like it.

>121 JayneCM: I'm with you. I've only heard good things.

>122 Helenliz: I like interconnected short stories. Have you read The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro. I thought it was a great collection. Now I wonder how it would have been on audio. I'm going to have to find out.

>123 VivienneR: Our bookclub read The Radium Girls last year. I did Whispersync because I was able to get it on Kindle Daily Deal and Audible Daily deal. It was a difficult read,

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