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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.
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audible site, but I use am mp3 player and the Canadian site does not play nicely with mp3 players (apparently they are outdated and everyone is expected to have a phone to listen with...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.
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.
I made a list of favourite audio books:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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).
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!)
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...).
>20 rabbitprincess: We can choose 7, 14, or 21 day loans. I always choose 21 and return it early if I'm done.
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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!
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
>26 mathgirl40: Grover Gardner & Jayne Entwistle are wonderful narrators.
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.
>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!
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)
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.
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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
>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.
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?
>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!
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.
Not a new thread but weekly ask what are you listening to. As a prompt for discussion.
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
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.
>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.
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! :-)
I'm currently listening to The Dread Wyrm . I love this series. Good narrator too, Neil Dickson.
For the holiday season I am listening to the Twelve Doctors of Christmas because I am an avid Doctor Who fan.
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.
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.
>57 Roro8: Good to hear! I have that audiobook on hold at the library, although I'm far down the list.
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.
>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.
>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.
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. ;-)
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.
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
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.
>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!
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
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!)
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!
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.
>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 :-/
>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.
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.
I finished listening to Rachel Caine's Ink and Bone which I enjoyed more than I expected to. Well read as well!
>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_W: I'll need to track this down.
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.
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.
>75 majkia: I have the book but I think I will find the audio. I was planning on a re-read.
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.
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!
>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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
>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!
>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?
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.
>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.
>93 luvamystery65:, I picked up the Sherlock Holmes by Stephen Fry with recent sale. Glad to here it is good.
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.
>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.
Finished Deadhouse Landing read by John Banks who did a great job. What a fun book. Prequel for the Malazan books.
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.
I'm about halfway through Whiskey in a Teacup, which is delightfully charming.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
>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 ;)
>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.
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!
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.
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.
Finished the audio of The Three-body Problem by Cixin Liu. I think the narration is quite good. Narrator Luke Daniels.
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.
>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.
>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!
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.
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.
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.
>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.
>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,
I am reading London Fields by Martin Amis, narrated by Steven Pacey. It is a 1001 Book and I am reading it for Reading 1001, on GR as it is our BOTM for January. It is a clever bit of writing about writing but I can't say that I am enjoying it. It's okay, the narrator does pretty well with all the different voices.
I'm nearing the end of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. What an appropriate title. Hard to remember all the threads as they weave together toward the end. I keep thinking, Oh, yeah! I forgot about that guy. Or, oh wow. So... That's gonna happen?
Simon Vance, per usual, does a masterful job.
My current audio is My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante which works for series in translation CAT
I'm now listening to Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.
What are we listening to this week?
Had to work yesterday so I missed posting. Looks like we've got some great listening going on.
I'm listening to Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland. It's an alternate history zombie book that takes place post Civil War. The war was interrupted by the rise of the shamblers (zombies). I'm really enjoying this one so far. It's narrated by Bahni Turpin. I finished The Sign of the Four and only regret that these books are so short. That or I'm spending way too much time listening to them when I should be studying.
>130 dudes22: I don't think I've ever read anything by Picoult. Shocking I know!
>131 Kristelh: More than a few of the 1001 books have felt that way for me.
>132 majkia: I seriously need to revisit that series on audio next time around. I thought the trilogy ended perfectly. I haven't read any by the new author and I don't plan to. I'm afraid it will spoil everything for me. Will you be reading on?
>133 Kristelh: Ferrante is another author I haven't read. I think when I do, I will plot the books out for a year long read.
>134 LibraryCin: Thoughts so far?
>135 virginiahomeschooler: I loved the audio of Good Omens. I laughed out loud so many times! I know my family thought I was mad.
>137 luvamystery65: I like the story, but as with most King books, there are a LOT of characters. I do find that, especially with the audio, it's sometimes hard to keep everyone straight, especially with as much jumping around between character perspectives as is happening. So far, I'd rate it 3.5 (good) stars.
>138 majkia: Karen Memory sounds very interesting.
>139 Kristelh: I haven't read anything by Mary Doria Russell. This thread is giving me lots of book bullets and showing me I need to read more authors.
>140 LibraryCin: Thanks for the update. I've enjoyed most of the King I've read, but he does have a lot going on in most of his novels.
What are we listening to this week?
I finished Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland, narrated by Bahni Turpin. I loved Turpin's narration. She can do a whole range of voices and she can do snark very well.
I'm listening to The Road by Cormac McCarthy, narrated by Tom Stechshulte. I'm about halfway through. There are moments I just have to stop and take a break, but I always come back. Stechshulte can convey anguish perfectly. I went back to see if I had listened to him before and it seems he narrated The Searchers by Alan Le May. His voice is perfect for this tale.
I'll be headed back to Sherlock Holmes next. I'm waiting for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens comes in from the library. It may be another month or so before I get it.
I started listening to The Strain, which is narrated by Ron Perlman, and he is a fabulous narrator. I'm really enjoying it so far.
What are we listening to this week?
Sorry I didn't post on Thursday. I have been swamped!
I'm still listening to The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It's so sad and dismal, but there is something beautiful about it. I've also started reading The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. It's narrated by Shannon McManus and Catherine Taber. This isn't my usual book, but it's a book club book. The author is an ER physician. There is a lot of medical terminology. It gets described as Gray's Anatomy in the blurbs. It definitely has that vibe to it. I'm super speed listening to it to get done by book club next week. I really want to get back to Sherlock Holmes.
I started - just over a week ago, I think - listening to All the Light We Cannot See.
I knew I was in trouble as soon as I heard the male voice. For some reason, I find, with a male narrator, I'm much more likely to lose interest and not pay attention to the book. And it's proving true again. i know lots of people loved this one, but it's likely to come in as a 2 or 2.5 star book for me. I have about 1/3 of it to go, I think.
I'm nearly halfway through The Far Pavilions which is a re-read for me. Well, I'm listening to the audio having read this in the 90s or so. More romance-y than I remember but I enjoy books about the Raj so still very happy with it.
I just finished The Grave's a Fine and Private Place on my way home.
Over the weekend I started listening to Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey narrated by Anne Flosnik. I cringed when I first saw the narrator, I had to abandon the last book narrated by her that I tried to listen to because of her narration. But she is doing a much better job with this one. I've already finished almost 20 of the 27 hours. My work listen book has been going much more slowly, Company of Liars by Karen Maitland narrated by Maxwell Caulfied. I started it late Friday, we were of yesterday and I haven't had any listening time yet today. It seems good so far.
>147 Kristelh: Love the Narnia books. It's been ages since I read them.
>148 LibraryCin: Why do you think you lose interest with male narrators? I'm so curious when people have this issue. For me it's a bad accent that will ruin the narration. Also, pronunciation of certain words will take me right out of the story, but not necessarily ruin the story for me. I attribute this to being from South Texas. Texans pronounce things in their own special way and South Texans take it an extra mile. ;-)
>149 majkia: I remember reading The Far Pavilions ages ago. Glad it is holding up on your re-read.
>150 thornton37814: I need to get back to that series. I enjoyed the audio version so much.
>151 staci426: Can't wait to hear how you like Company of Liars.
>152 VivienneR: This book is on my TBR pile.
What are we listening to this week?
I'm still on my same two books as this past Saturday. I should be done with both soon and then back to Sherlock Holmes for me.
>153 luvamystery65: Accent will do it for me every time. I have stopped listening to at least one audiobook just because the accent was so wrong for the piece. It was set in middle ages Florence and was narrated by an American with the densest accent imaginable. I managed about no more than the first few lines before deciding that was not going to work for me.
Just about to start The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry.
I have an annual 100-book goal (about 80+ are library/OverDrive audios)
Rock with Wings (Leaphorn and Chee Mysteries series) by Anne Hillerman
Curious Minds (A Knight and Moon series) by Janet Evanovich
If I Live (If I Run trilogy) by Terri Blackstock
If Wishes Were Earls (Rhymes With Love series) by Elizabeth Boyle
Double Blind (Kendra Michaels series) by Iris Johansen
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
The Audiobook group would welcome your input:
>153 luvamystery65: That's a good question! I don't know why I'm more likely to lose interest with male narrator. Is it something with the lower voice that just doesn't hold my attention? I'm just not sure.
And I have moved on to the next audio (also a male narrator, though I'm doing better keeping focus on this one):
End of Watch / Stephen King
I've just started The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Stephen Fry. >:-)
I finished On Two Feet and Wings a YA memoir read by the author. Male voice that I found to be voice I could not fall asleep with. The timer on my phone ran out before I even felt sleepy. It was not a calming voice. Maybe jarring? Not sure what it was.
Now reading A Study in Charlotte Book 1 of the Charlotte Holmes SEries by Brittany Cavallaro. Another YA from the freee summer program in 2018. This one is performed by Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan.
Ending February with this ~
Judgment by Joseph Finder
(legal thriller/Juliana Brody, Superior Court Judge/lapse of judgment)
What are we listening to this week?
I finished The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin and it wasn't my cup of tea. The narration was good, but I didn't care for the book overall. I also listened to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in my continuation of listening to Stephen Fry narrate the Holmes collection. I took a road trip home to see my Dad and I was able to enjoy the short stories. Also, finished The Road and I really liked it.
Now on to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell for my f2f book club. I also hope to get to Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, another Holmes novel or short story collection and David Copperfield, but I haven't decided which narrator yet.
>155 Helenliz: & >159 Helenliz: I hope you are enjoying the Holmes. Stephen Fry is wonderful.
>156 Molly3028: Welcome! Thank you for the link to the audiobook group.
>157 LibraryCin: Thanks for answering that and >158 LibraryCin: Good to hear you are making it through the King book with male narrator.
>160 Kristelh: This series looks interesting. I'll take it up when I'm done with the original Holmes.
>161 Molly3028: I haven't read a legal thriller in ages.
I seriously keep forgetting to post my audio-reading here. Hoping to make this more of a habit for me starting this month, but no promises. ;-)
Currently listening to Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett, the final book in his Century Trilogy. Audiobook narrator is John Lee. I tend to like Lee's voice and he is a good match for Follett's, at times, dramatic story-telling. at 18 hours in, I have reached the halfway mark!
>153 luvamystery65: Unfortunatly, I did not finish Company of Liars. I plan to come back to it at some point, but it just wasn't grabbing me right now. I needed something a little on the lighter side.
So I've been listening to The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side by Agatha Christie, narrated by Emilia Fox. This one is working much better for me now.
Finished Billy Budd, Sailor. Was very well narrated. Finished Storm Front by Jim Butcher, narrator Jarmes Marster. Not sure about the narration. I could decided if he was taking breathes or if it was for effect. Now listening to The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea read by the author and I think he is doing great and probably it is best if he read it as the emphasis and dialect, etc or all perfect.
>164 Kristelh: >166 Kristelh: >168 Kristelh: You have listened to a lot! I think James Marsters does the breathing, sighing, deep sigh for effect. I've come to accept it as Harry. I read The House of Broken Angels last year. It was probably my favorite book I read last year. I wasn't crazy about the narration, but he is a brilliant author and a funny guy.
>165 lkernagh: John Lee is a good match for Follett.
>167 staci426: I completely get not being in the right place for a book.
What are we listening to this week?
I'm slowly listening to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell for my f2f book club.
I've started Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and I'm completely hooked on the story. I'm so glad I was able to read the graphic novels on Hoopla. While you can enjoy the series without reading them, they add some wonderful back story.
I've also started David Copperfield and decided to go with Simon Vance for the narration.
I finished the very long (36 hours, 50 minutes) audiobook of Edge of Eternity, third book in the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett. I continue to love John Lee's voice for Follett's books and overall, found this one to be a wonderful conclusion to a truly epic saga and one I can highly recommend if you like your historical fiction reads to be entertaining and engaging.
My next audioread is A Column of Fire, another Ken Follett epic read, this one being the third book in his Kingsbridge Trilogy. Yes, this one is also read by John Lee. ;-)
I'm currently listening to Deepsix by Jack McDevitt. Kristine Hvam is reader. I love archaeology in space so am enjoying it immensely.
Finished Stephen Fry narrating The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I've read these many times since comming to them as a teenager. This was a bit like visiting an old friend and finding them both changed and reliably the same. It's a great combinaiton of narrator and material.
As my next audiobooks form the library are still "in transit" I've used the online facility and borrowed a book from Borrowbox on my library card. I've down loaded it to my phone and have checked that I can connect it so that it plays via the car speakers. My oh my, the joys of modern technology and teaching an old dog a new trick!
First trial of all this magic and trickery will be The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes and narrated by husband and wife Timothy West and Prunella Scales.
I just finished listening to Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, Book 2 after Beartown. I absolutely love both these books. This author tells a great story, so layered, so simple, yet so complex. The narration is excellent. If you like stories about sport, small towns, family relationships, friendships, loyalty, betrayal, coming of age, growing old - it's all here.
I am currently listening to Oladlisque by Neal Stephenson narrated by Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Paris day, Neal Stephenson. I enjoy this alternate history series but struggle sometimes to maintain focus.
I'm currently enjoying An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors, a steampunky fun romp.
I'm currently listening to Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett and excellently narrated by Nigel Planer. These books are always a lot of fun to listen to. I'm also listening to A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst. Bathurst is doing an ok job, but really miss Ralph Cosham's narration for this series.
Thank you for updating what you are reading this week!
This week I am listening to I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, narrated by Gabra Zackman. It's really good and very creepy. I'm listening only during the day. I also started Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman narrated by the author. I love Neil Gaiman but his collections are hit or miss for me. I don't get putting everything you ever wrote out into a book. Some of it is fantastic and other things should be left in their original context as a liner note or article. I've put aside Where the Crawdads Sing and David Copperfield until I'm done with the true crime book.
>171 lkernagh: Looks like you are on a roll!
>172 LibraryCin: & >182 LibraryCin: Our poor owned books always getting set aside for those borrowed ones. It's worse when all your borrowed things come in at the same time. That is what is happening to me right now.
>173 majkia: I didn't know archaeology in space was a thing, but now I've seen it pop up a few times recently. Has this been a selection in the SFF Kit or is it too narrow?
>174 thornton37814: This sounds like an interesting series. Have you read the first? How do you like it?
>175 Kristelh: I love his speaking voice. I'm not sure why I didn't care for his narration. I think the book was hitting really close to home for me and I wanted to be in my own head.
>176 Helenliz: It's a lovely collection of stories and Stephen Fry has done an outstanding job on the narration. I can't wait to get back to it. I'm really glad there are a couple of us enjoying this series this year. >177 Helenliz: I love all the new technology especially in regards to audiobooks! I loved Timothy West narration of the Barchester Chronicles. He was absolutely delightful. The Lemon Table sounds interesting. Now I've jumped down a rabbit hole and see that Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge did a BBC Radio Ladies of Letters. I'm going to have to look into that.
>178 Roro8: I really loved Fredrik Bachman's My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here. I will definitely have to get to this other set of books. I don't even care about sports but I loved Britt-Marie.
>184 luvamystery65: I listened to the first one too. It's a fun series so far. I gave both 3.5 stars. I think I started with the 5th in the series which I gave 3 stars. I only gave that one 3 stars (in 2011), but I had not read the others. I may re-read it once I get to that point in the series to see if I like it better with the background.
I love using Whispersync for long complex books. I love to listen but sometimes I need to see it in print to keep things in place.
>180 majkia: You always manage to pick the most fun sounding books.
>181 staci426: It's so hard to lose a beloved narrator. Robin Sachs narrated the Harry Hole books and when he died I was worried about who would take over. John Lee is narrating them now and I think he does a fantastic job. Frank Muller is another narrator I'm sad is not with us anymore.
>185 thornton37814: I think I'll add this to my TBR pile. I'm looking for another mystery series to read and this sounds interesting. At eight books it would be just about right to read over a couple of years. Thanks!
>184 luvamystery65: >172 LibraryCin: LibraryCin: & >182 LibraryCin: LibraryCin: Our poor owned books always getting set aside for those borrowed ones. It's worse when all your borrowed things come in at the same time. That is what is happening to me right now.
I actually had to "pause" one of my audio holds at the library because it looked like it was going to come in right around now, as well! I'm actually almost done the owned one, but the library one is 30 parts (over 1 hour each) and it will likely take the full three weeks (or close to it) for me to finish it before it's due "back". I will then go back to finish the owned one, and hopefully then the one on pause will come in right around then. :-)
>188 LibraryCin: I would not be able to finish a 30+ hour audiobook in 3 weeks unless I was doing a 600 mile each way trip.
>189 thornton37814: LOL! I do commute over an hour each way to/from work. I try to do part audio, part e- or print book, but with this long an audio, I much more heavily focus on the audio. Of course, I also listen while I do housework at home, so hopefully between all that, I'll be able to do it!
Well, I finished my audioread of A Column of Fire by Ken Follett and I have to be honest that the time period doesn't really captures my interest and may have played a role in me not really getting investing in this one. No complaints on the reader - John Lee is still good at what he does - but I think the Kingsbridge trilogy is more geared towards readers who are well versed and love to be entrenched in 15th to 17th century English (and European) history.
One a brighter note, I am shifting gears and will start listening to an audiobook that I know (with a good 99% certainty) will entice me: Lindsay Faye's The Fatal Flame, third book in her fabulous Timothy Wilde trilogy. Loved the first two books and cannot wait to dip into this one!
Just finished a Doctor Who audiobook from my 2019 pool of potential reads: Vengeance of the Stones, by Andrew Smith, performed mostly by Richard Franklin, with the assistance of Trevor Littledale as the main alien enemy. This adventure features the Third Doctor and is set in Scotland and involves fighter planes. The story was good, although the characters weren't always distinguished that well vocally.
And earlier in the year I read Time Lord Fairytales, a collection of fairy tales that have been Doctor Who-ified, with a variety of readers. Nicholas Briggs narrating "The Scruffy Piper" was probably my favourite in the collection. He's an accomplished audio performer, so I shouldn't be surprised that his is my favourite.
>188 LibraryCin: >189 thornton37814: >190 LibraryCin: I also commute daily, about 30-40 minutes each way, depending on traffic. I enjoy a large audio book on my commute and just think of it as watching a daily program and so look forward to the next episode. I've been trying to listen as I do housework, but I have not been able to do this as well.
>191 lkernagh: I loved the Timothy Wilde trilogy Lori.
>192 rabbitprincess: >193 Zozette: I really never watched or read any Dr. Who until this past year when they had a female doctor. I plan to go back and watch the series starting with the ninth Doctor as they are readily available on Amazon Prime Video.
>194 majkia: Indeed!
What are we listening to this week?
I finished I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara about the search for The Golden State Killer. It was very creepy. I'm halfway through Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman. As I said in >183 luvamystery65: this collection is hit or miss. There are some absolute gems in here but mostly it's fluff. I've almost given up on this, but I will proceed as I don't want to miss the good ones. This is a Hoopla borrow for me.
I was listening to David Copperfield narrated by Simon Vance that I had borrowed from Hoopla. I decided I wanted to Whispersync. When I bought the Kindle version through the Audible link where I chose the Simon Vance edition, it gave me Audible's featuring Richard Armitage. I enjoyed the last thing I listened to him narrate so I decided to give it a go knowing I could return it if I wanted to. Well, so far I am enjoying his narration of DC.
I'm taking a road trip next week to see my Dad. I haven't decided whether to listen to DC on my trip or start HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. I will let you know!
I finished listeneing to The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes, and read by husband & wife Timothy West & Prunella Scales. A somewhat melancholy colleciton, with flashes of humour in the pathos. Good colleciton. This is the second of his collecitons of short stories I have listened to and I've ennjoyed both.
Now listening to For Your Eyes Only and other stories read by Samuel West, the son of the above pairing. It's interesting going back to the source material, when they are somewhat different from the films.
I have started listening to Firmin:Adventures of a Metropolitan Low Life by Sam Savage, narrated by Jeff Woodman. Pretty good so far considering it's the life story of a rat. ;)
>195 luvamystery65: Well, I have 4 more days with the book, and 3-1/2 more parts to listen to. Would be perfect if (as I normally would) I had to work tomorrow, but I've got the day off to get my furnace fixed! Will have to make time over the weekend to listen and finish it up. I will listen while I do some housework (that will use up at least one part, maybe a bit more). Sat evening is Earth Hour, so I'll just likely turn everything off and listen to the book. That will be good for 1 more part of the book. That just leaves me finding time to finish the last part.
It would be nice to finish up the last 2 parts or so of the book I set aside, as well, before the end of the month (i.e. this weekend), but I'll be lucky to finish the library book, so the last bit of the other book might just have to wait till I head back to work next week.
I'm out of town visiting my Dad. I'll catch up this weekend.
What are we listening to this week?
I am now listening to the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring and I am loving it. I play it at an increased speed which doesn't seem to affect the sound but does speed the reader up a little. My own reading speed is faster than most of the professional readers and sometimes the slowness can drive me crazy. The reader here is Rob Inglis and he is doing a very good job with all the various voices not to mention all the singing!
>204 DeltaQueen50: I always increase reading speed on audiobooks as well. 1.25 or up to 1.4 on some books. Slower seems to drag to me.
I just barely managed to get through "New York" in the 3 weeks I had it from the library. I finished it with less than 24 hours before it was due back!
Now, I'm listening to Sister Queens (about Katherine of Aragon and Juana of Castile) by Julia Fox.
I finished For Your Eyes Only as read by Samuel West. The stories are very different from the films, much more subtle and set in an identifable 19502 world. The audio finshes with 5 minutes of Samuel West talking about narrrating the stories. he likes narrating characters he'd not stand a chance of playing on stage.
For April, I've listened to Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings, and currently listening to Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, narrated by Tom Weiner.
The first is the first part of the epic fantasy. The second Russian literature classic, mixing realism and symbolism. It was a hard transition Fantasy to realism.
What are we listening to this week?
I am listening to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry. This is a great commute to work collection for me. Also, still plugging away at David Copperfield narrated by Richard Armitage. I listened to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and I absolutely loved it. Campbell is an excellent narrator. She captured Kya perfectly. I resisted reading the book because of all the hype, but my book club picked it and I'm glad I listened.
>202 majkia: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance was so much fun! I have Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, but I have put it off. What an incredible series.
>203 thornton37814: I love commute books!
>204 DeltaQueen50: I speed up most of my audiobooks Judy. I am making an exception with Stephen Fry's version of Sherlock Holmes because I want to really enjoy his narration.
>205 majkia: Yep! Except for above ;-)
>206 LibraryCin: Down to the wire.
>207 Helenliz: The beauty of audio is letting these amazing voice actors play roles they would only dream of playing on film or stage.
>208 Kristelh: Night and day listening for you. Both authors are on my radar. I'll likely read Gogol before Eddings but you never know.
I think I'll raid my Big Finish stash and start listening to the first series of Dalek Empire. The first story is called Invasion of the Daleks.
>210 luvamystery65: I would probably be tempted to slow Stephen Fry down so that I got to listen to him even longer, Ro!
Finished up "Sister Queens" and started an abridged (booooo!) audio of The Devil's Queen about Catherine de Medici. As usual, didn't notice that it was abridged until after I checked it out from the library. I have it now, I am listening, anyway.
Finishing The Red Queen. I had to re-check it from the library to finish.
I finished A Good Hanging and Other Stories by Ian Rankin and read by James Macpherson, who possesses a suitably scottish accent. I've not read any of Rankin's Rebus books before, but I can see the attraction.
What are we listening to this week?
I took a trip to McAllen TX to my Uncle's funeral this week. I listened to HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt narrated by Jeff Harding on the road. I was completely engrossed in the story. It gave me Stephen King (his best) and Shirley Jackson vibes. At first I thought the narrator was a bit abrasive, but I got used to his voice and at the end I thought he did the book justice.
I'm still listening to David Copperfield and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, but they took a back seat for my road trip book.
>211 rabbitprincess: How was your Dr. Who audio?
>212 DeltaQueen50: He has been delightful. I bought the Harry Potter CDs from Amazon UK and I plan to listen to him narrate those next year!
>213 LibraryCin: Ugh I hate when that happens! Oh well.
>214 mnleona: Sounds exciting. Was it?
>215 Helenliz: I haven't read any of Rankin's Rebus books either. I love a well done accent.
>217 luvamystery65: I listened to just under half of it in the first go, and it was pretty good. Should try to finish it off this weekend.
>217 luvamystery65: Not exciting. She is one who thinks God has made her plans for life and thinks she is like Joan of Arc. I do like the history.
Oh! Listening to:
The Trespasser / Tana French
She's so good!
What are we listening to this week?
Currently I am listening to The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan. I think at another time I might enjoy this book. The narration certainly is good, but it is just hitting me wrong right now. This would be the third book I read recently with selfish parents and a father with a fragile ego. It's for my book club, but I can't deal with this.
I'm listening to Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, narrated by Richard Poe. This is reread for me. It was my favorite book of 2014. In the book Trond mentions David Copperfield. Since I finished David Copperfield I decided to give this another listen. Trond mentions Dickens and DC. I just love this story and for all the same reasons I loved it the first time I read it. It's a quiet and introspective story. This was my review the first time I read it.
'Well, so you're a man now.'
'Not quite', I said, for I knew that things were going on around me that I did not understand, and that the grown-ups did understand, but that I was close to being there.
'No, maybe not quite,' he said.
But life had shifted its weight from one point to another, from one leg to the other, like a silent giant in the vast shadows against the ridge, and I did not feel like the person I had been when this day began, and I did not even know if that was something to be sorry for.
...everything felt fine at that moment; the suit was fine, and the town was fine to walk in, along the cobblestone street, and we do decide for ourselves when it will hurt.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson is a beautiful story. Trond Sanders is 68 years old and has retired to a cabin in rural Norway. One evening he recalls the summer of 1948 when he was 15 years old. Trond is staying in the country with his father and his friend Jon comes by to entice him to go "out stealing horses". The two take a neighbors horses for a joyride but what Trond does not know is that a tragedy has happened at Jon's home.
Trond recollects this summer while in present 1999 Norway he is preparing for Winter, both literally and figuratively. The narrative goes back and forth and this may not appeal to all readers but as Trond says, "This is fine by me." The writing is sparse and Trond keeps his emotions to himself.
This book reminded me of my Dad so much. Partially in Trond's father and even Trond as he is older and keeps much to himself. That may be the Norwegian way but it is definitely the cowboy way and the story just took my mind to that old cowboy from Laredo, Texas. I found the way the story to go back and forth from the past to the present so realistic because this is reminiscent of many conversations I have with my father.
The story left questions unanswered but that is the way with life. You can't go back and ask the dead questions. Sometimes even the living. It is a coming of age story but also a story about leaving things behind.
I still feel this way about the book. Trond truly does remind me of my dad. Now that he is having dementia, it really hits me that I what I know about him is all I will truly know. He always kept it close to the vest, and many questions I will never have the answers to.
I finished David Copperfield. I'm still gathering my thoughts about the book. I'll post them on my thread and the DC group read thread when I get it together. I thought Richard Armitage did a fantastic job as narrator on this story.
I also finished A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, narrated by Joy Osmanski. Listened to this for the ScaredyKIT. The horror of this book is the selfish parents. Poor kids.
Up next for me will be The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle narrated by the fantastic Stephen Fry.
I haven't listened to this yet, but I just acquired a new audiobook of Watership Down, read by Peter Capaldi :D
Currently listening to Kellanved's Reach which is, oddly, considering the series to which this is a prequel, quite humorous.
I am continuing to enjoy Rob Inglis's reading of The Lord of the Rings} and have completed the 2nd volume, The Two Towers. I am looking forward to the final volume next month (if I can wait that long).
Finished another Big Finish audio drama: Dalek Empire 1.2: The Human Factor. I do love a good Dalek story.
Although it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I'm going to switch gears a bit and read Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome, as my next audio. It's narrated by Hugh Laurie, which is why it's in my library :)
I just finished Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. Corey, and as usual, excellent book, excellent reader, and an un-put-downable result. Gods I love this series.
What are you listening to this week?
Hello everyone. Had another death in the family and this one hit me hard. On the good news front, my niece graduated with her Pharm D! Super proud auntie!
Currently I'm listening to The Lost Man by Jane Harper, narrated by Stephen Shanahan. He is an incredible narrator. Jane Harper hit the jackpot with him. This is my July book club selection. I'm about to start the June book club selection The Man She Married by Cathy Lamb, narrated by Morgan Hallett. I'm doing a Whispersync on this one since book club is in three weeks.
Last month I finished The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle, narrated by the fantastic Stephen Fry. I also binged listened to Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts both by Rebecca Roanhorse, narrated by Tanis Parenteau. If you love Urban Fantasy and near future dystopias then this is the book for you. It's written from a native perspective, with Navajo mythology. I loved it and now I have to wait for the third book in the trilogy.
I am listening to The Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar, narrated by John Paton. It is an epic fantasy based on Russian fairy tales.
>232 luvamystery65: Sorry to hear that your family has suffered another loss, Ro.
I have completed my read of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien with the third volume, The Return of the King. The narrator, Rob Inglis did an excellent job and totally transported me to Middle Earth.
Not sure what's up next but I think a group read of Tom Jones was proposed so I have an audio version of that all ready.
I finished Anathem by Neal Stephenson the 2nd of June. Well done audio. Very long tho. Lots of "science" in this fiction, and math, and philosophy, and linguistics.
I listened to the audio of Witches, Salem 1692 nonfiction, in May, well done, does include the footnotes but it was loonng.
I am currently listening to Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. Very well done audio read by Juliet Stevenson. I had heard she is great and she does not disappoint!
>234 LibraryCin: >235 majkia: >236 DeltaQueen50: Thank you for your condolences.
>233 Zozette: Sounds good.
>234 LibraryCin: I have this but I've never read/listened to it.
>235 majkia: I do believe LisaMorr is reading this trilogy. I need to ask her about it.
>236 DeltaQueen50: I may join the Tom Jones group read especially since it is spread out over 3 months. Audio would be perfect. It can be my car book. Hoopla has a nice version.
>237 Kristelh: Juliet Stevenson's version wasn't available when I bought a copy of Portrait of a Lady. I'll definitely splurge on her version because she is one of my all time favorite narrators.
>239 luvamystery65: I'm not sure if you have "Stardust" or "The Stars are Fire", but I should be posting my review for "The Stars are Fire" tonight. :-) I hope to finish "Stardust" sometime over the weekend.
I'm currently listening to An Echo In the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, I am stuggling with it a little, these books are such a commitment time wise and I am also finding that the story isn't holding my attention as well as it did in the past. I still think the reader, Davina Porter does an amazing job.
>241 DeltaQueen50: In the "Outlander" series, I only listened to the first one. Despite so many people loving Davina Porter, I wasn't all that excited by her narration, and I've continued the books via ebook.
>242 LibraryCin: I fell in love with Davina Porter's narration but, I have seen where others are not taken with her as much as I am.
>243 luvamystery65: It is a huge time commitment, Ro, so you are wise to put it off until you have the time to give it. Talking about a huge time commitment, I have both an audio version and an e-book version of Tom Jones, the audio I have is just short of 38 hours and is narrated by Bill Homewood, who I haven't listened to before.
>243 luvamystery65: I have only been keeping up with the ebooks one/year, reading in July, when I usually take a month or 3 weeks off work. Retirement would be a good time, too!
I just tried Lands of lost borders by Kate Harris read by Amy Landon. Some listeners might like Landon but I found her vowels to be so sing-song (for want of a better description) that I was having trouble following. It's also available in ebook format that I will try instead.
>232 luvamystery65: So sorry to hear you have lost a loved one, Roberta.
I finished both I was listening to last week (they were both pretty short), and I have moved on to:
The Circle / Dave Eggers
Speaking of Davinia Porter, I'm now listening to her in Why Kings Confess. I love her reading of this series.
>249 majkia: I've got the first couple of the Sebastian St. Cyr books on my shelves. I'll make note that the audio's are read by her for future reference.
What are you listening to this week?
Looks like a few of you are enjoying some great audiobooks. I finished The Lost Man by Jane Harper. What a fantastic author Harper is. She really pulls you in to her mysteries. Steve Shanahan is the perfect narrator. This was a stand alone, but I look forward to her second Aaron Falk book.
I've started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It's for my book club. I was wary to start this because there is so much hype, but I like it. After Eleanor I may dip into Educated by Tara Westover or some more Sherlock Holmes.
>246 VivienneR: Thank you
I've got a set of short stories by Gerald Durrell, narrated by Nigel Davenport. He's been doing the voices and accents enjoyably well.
What are we listening to this week?
I finished up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron. I really ended up loving this book. It made my laugh and cry. I also listened to Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, narrated by Tavia Gilbert. I was in the mood for some Urban Fantasy, but this had way more romance than I wanted. The narration was good, but the main character Bones' reminded me of David Beckham, good looking with a high pitched voice. The narrator did other male voices just fine, so I don't know what made her go in that direction with Bones' voice.
I'll go with Educated by Tara Westover next and then get started on Tom Jones by Henry Fielding for the group read.
>244 DeltaQueen50: Judy, the Bill Homewood version of Tom Jones is available via Hoopla for me. That was the one I picked for the group read as well. I listened to the sample from Audible and he has a pleasant voice. Let's see how he does the characters. 38 hours is a huge read.
I am listening to Moby Dick narrated by Anthony Heald. I am at 50%, not bad. Probably could have used a bit of editing as there is a lot of details about whales and whaling but I don't mind learning things but can see why some would get bored.
What are we listening to this week?
I'm still listening to Educated by Tara Westover. I started Tom Jones by Henry Fielding for the group read. If anyone is interested in the group read it takes place July/August/September. It's hosted by Judy (DeltaQueen50) https://www.librarything.com/topic/308506
I picked up Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. It's the Audible Daily Deal today in the US. It's narrated by Colin Farrell. I won't get to it anytime soon, but audio works better for me with stream of conscious writing.
Since we are halfway through the year I started a new thread. Should have put this post there, but it's not a big deal. https://www.librarything.com/topic/308618
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