We're a little late with this post, but better late than never, right? :P We've discussed our love of audiobooks at length here on the blog over the years, but our devotion to this media continues to flourish. All summer long, we'll be sharing the current week's free downloads over at SYNC -- a great program providing free young adult and classic audiobooks -- but we also wanted to do our thing and wax poetic about the beauty of listening to a novel.
Jen: Audiobooks make a long day go faster. They make chores less mundane. And, to some extent, they help me maintain my TBR, or at least keep it somewhat manageable. I also really like audiobooks for the re-reads that I just don't have time for. Whether it's a re-read/listen of a favorite series or to refresh my memory before the next installment in a series or just to re-listen to a favorite contemporary to get myself out of a funk, audiobooks are my go-to solution. I enjoy listening to audiobooks so much that I sometimes invent more stuff to do so that I can finish listening to a book, foregoing actually reading a physical book.
April: I have a 45 minute drive to and from work. That can get tiring, but with Audiobooks, I almost look forward to driving to work. Almost. lol. It makes it less painful. Also, I do a lot of filing at my job. Filing is tedious, but I look forward to doing it because it's an excuse to get back to my book while on the clock.
Jen: A truly great narrator makes me forget that I'm even listening to a book. I love when I get so swept up in a story that I don't notice I've already done the thing I was doing when I pressed play, though maybe I should pay a little more attention when I'm driving, lol. But I just adore a narrator who does more than read the book to me. I want different voices for all of the characters. I want accents. I want a narrator who emotes. What I do not want is a narrator who is breathy or shrilly or just plain ridiculous in their performance.
April: I'm not too picky about Narrators. As long as they don't have annoying voices, then I'm good. But I guess a good narrator for me is one that sounds like how I feel the main character would sound. Not too old or too young. One that really gets into the character.
A couple of years ago, we went all out and suggested tons of our favorite audiobooks, but we've listened to quite a few since and have some new ones to recommend, besides our old stand-bys. :D
Jen: I think the audiobook I've listened to the most is The Scorpio Races, coming in at seven times. I would recommend it to anyone even considering listening to audiobooks for the first time. It's a brilliant story, and the narration is just fantastic.
As for newer recs, man that list is endless. I'm always discovering new listens, especially with the library literally at my fingertips. However, I did purchase the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima at the end of last year, and I've already listened to the whole series twice now. It's amazing and heartbreaking and utterly captivating. It made it that much easier for me to spend the money on the audio for her newest book, too. =)
For newbies who are looking for a suggestion that might make them love listening when they're predisposed not to, here are some that I've recently loved, as well as the sequels, where applicable:
Of course, feel free to check out the last post we did on audiobooks for other, backlist titles that we've loved.
This year I also listened to all of the Twilight books. I know, I know... And I even started a post on my thoughts, but I still haven't finished writing it. While the audio books aren't the best.. I did enjoy re living the phenomenon. I've always wanted to do a re read, but no time for physical books. So the audio worked out well. I plan to listen to the Host this year since that's a fave of mine.
Jen: Oh, damn. How did I forget Illuminae?!? I only JUST got it again from the library so I can refresh my memory and start Gemina. :P
Are you an audiobook aficionado? Tell us some of your favorites, the best narrators, the narrators you avoid, etc. We're always looking for recs ourselves. =D