#amreading – Reading slump and a format affair part II – those magical audiobooks 24


Because audiobooks are like the fairy godmother

Hello fellows beings blessed with the grace of some awesome bookwormness!

Today I was hoping we could talk about how magical audiobooks are 🙂

But first, please let me ask you this… because UGH! I just have to ask!…

Do you think those little tiny, minuscule indentations in A  FINGERNAIL are like SUPER annoying especially when you haven’t noticed it until you need to wash your hair?????

Oh wicked lord of all annoyances!

Is there anything harder than washing your hair when you have one of those indentations??? Especially if you have looooong hair like mine! One hair gets stuck there and you cringe while you slide your hand aaaaaall the waaaaaay to set it free. You can’t just go and grab a nail file and get rid of it because you are in the middle of washing your hair, so all you can do is try to finish with that one finger stretched out away from your hair.

AND IT IS NOT easy to wash your hair with one finger less than you are used to!

And if you are like Dory [like I am] then you soon forget and run all your fingers through your hair again! Including the indented culprit, and your hair get stuck again and UGH…

Does that happen to you? Because it happens to me all the time!

Oh well so back to the books… What also happens to me ALL THE TIME now is… audiobook magic!

There are some books I just can’t read! And then when I listen to the audio book is not just that I all the sudden like them..  I actually ADORE them! Most of them end up as 5-stars reviews!

Isn’t that crazy? Magical? I have a DNF and then, there comes the audiobook like the fairy godmother with its magic wand and…

PUFF!

 

Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put ’em together and what have you got
bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

A DNF is now a 5-star book!

It drove me crazy for months until I just made pace with the fact that, sometimes, my inner reading voice is profoundly BORING or at least is not as fun or as awesomely performed as some narrators’.

These are some examples of sheer genius gems I would have missed if I hadn’t tried them as audiobooks…

  • And Ember in the Ashes and And I Darken the narrator just make it sound so ANCIENT and just historically perfect!
  • The 5th Wave [I have no idea where the picture went!] Infinite Sea… the narration is SOOOOO SUSPENSEFUL I don’t think I had any fingernails left at the end!
  • Sanctum, Marked and Seven… I LOVED to listen to these paranormal romances. The narrators do a great job making it witty and fun
  • Before I fall. My inner voices could NEVER sound as perfect as the teenager voices this narrator makes!! dragging the vowels in the “duuuudes” and “toooootally” 🙂
  • The Lunar Chronicles is JUST OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD GOOD. The narration is crisp, and sharp, and just makes it sound soooooo futuristic!
  • AND THE FIRST PLACE GOES TOO… Dust Lands! This review is coming up soon so be ready to listen to a lot of WOW!s  OMG!s BEST EVER!s and similar expressions of idiotic adoration. The narration is just EXCEPTIONAL!!! the book is almost all written in a post apocalyptic rural slang that is just OMG genial!!! I could not read this or make it sound this good even if I took a course!!! YOU GOTTA LISTEN TO THIS SERIES

But, because the universe is nothing if not balanced… There are also books that I CANNOT stand as audiobooks! Like these…

The other thing that is great about audiobooks is that my spawns love them. So we listen to part of the book in the car when I’m driving them to practices and games, and then they are intrigued by the story and they want to keep reading at night! Anything to keep them reading! 🙂

These are the two audiobooks we are listening to right now. I’m not sure I’ll let them listen to The Diabolic anymore because it has some scene that sound too violent.

 

These are the audiobooks reviews coming up next…

What about you? Do you find audiobooks magical? What audiobooks are you listening to right now?

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24 thoughts on “#amreading – Reading slump and a format affair part II – those magical audiobooks

  • chucklesthescot

    Audiobooks are way too expensive for my book budget and I’d never buy them for favourite books without knowing the narration was brilliant. It would be too much of a risk. I certainly would never buy them for books I had DNFed! I don’t use the local library as they charge you for virtually everything you want to do in there so there’s no way to test out favourites. The only audiobooks I own are the Harry Potter books with Stephen Fry because he does the voices brilliantly!

  • Maureen Beatrice

    I’m still pretty new to Audiobooks. I’ve been listening to them more and more and I really love them. But I haven’t tried the books I didn’t like before. Sounds like a good plan! 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  • Prabhleen

    I have never listened to an audiobook except for listening halfway through Scarlet, but then audio takes a lot of time and I am a really fast reader so I started reading since I couldn’t handle the suspense. Great recommendations! Have a great week ahead 🙂

  • Samantha

    I love audiobooks but I can’t believe you don’t like the Harry Potter audios!! Were you listening to the Jim Dale versions? I adore those! I will give any book a shot if its voiced by one of my ‘tried and true’ favorite narrators. Like Justine Eyre-I would listen to her read the phone book!
    Have a great week!

  • Greg

    I have not had good luck with audiobooks although I’d LIKE to, as I’d get more reading done! I get distracted too easily. Before I Fall looks (er, sounds ha ha) like it would be a good audio, and I especially want to read it since I a) like Lauren oliver, and b) know there’s a movie coming.

  • Laurie C

    Just found your blog from a comment you left on Beth Fish Reads! I am always looking for audiobook recommendations, and don’t hear as much about YA as I used to. Good to know about V.E. Schwab. I’ve read both books in that series and am eagerly waiting for the third, but I read them in print. I will look for Dust Lands and the Sarah Finds books on audio! I hadn’t heard of either of them. I’ve listened to at least one Lauren Oliver book on audio, and enjoyed it.

  • Deborah

    I’m still a newcomer to audiobooks – having listened to only a few EVER. I’m listening to one at the moment though and just started yesterday. I’m enjoying it but it makes me realise how important the narrator is to an audiobook. That must be exciting AND challenging for authors and publishers!

  • Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Interesting that you don’t like the HP books on audio. I’ve never listened to them but I usually hear raves about the audio versions and narrator.

    I used to be so anti-audio book (for me). I’m a total purist when it comes to reading and I felt like listening was not the same as reading the book. I started to come around about a year or so ago and now I almost always have an audio book downloaded to listen to on my daily commute. I will say that I’m still something of a purist and listening is rarely as satisfying as reading. Because of that, I’m pretty particular about which audio books I choose. I tend to only choose books that I’m kinda interested in but probably would never get around to actually reading. Or rereads. Book that I truly want to read, I will always choose to go the traditional route. That being said, I have come across some real gems on audio! My favorite being Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was audio book perfection! 🙂

  • Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Bahaha – I hear you on the fingernail hairwashing thing… TOTALLY!

    I really don’t have the time or the patience for audiobooks. 🙁 🙁 It makes me so sad! My reading time is so limited and the narrators are just too slow for me!!! But then people like you RAVE about them and I really want to listen to them!!!! AARGH! You make my reading life difficult. 😉

    I have to know – which narrator did you listen to for Harry Potter? I have the Stephen Fry ones and I thought he was awesome!?

    I hope that your current listens are good! Can’t wait to hear some thoughts on some of them. 🙂

  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I actually have a planned post about this too! Like, I feel like I rate audiobooks higher than I would if I were to read the same book. Maybe you’re right that my imagination’s voice just isn’t as entertaining as a narrator! (Oh, and you’re also right about the fingernail thing—really annoying!)