2012-2013, Your Audiobook Year
- Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.
2012 was my first full year as an audiobook reader, and the first time I included an audio selection among my Books of the Year. I’ve discovered that “genre-influenced” literary fiction (it’s a thing, I swear) seems to work better for me in audio than more conventional fiction does (although not always); that I particularly enjoy comedic science fiction in audio format; and that audio may be becoming my preferred format for memoir and autobiography, particular when read by its author/subject.
How do You Choose Your Audiobooks?
- How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print?
- What do you do while you listen? Any particular tasks or games that you find amazing for audio time?
That said, my best listening experience of 2013 has probably been sharing the audios of the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy with Spencer, which I posted about earlier this month; he read the whole series in print for the first time last year. I’m not sure I’ll ever read it in print again--I enjoyed the audiobooks that much.
- Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us! We’d particularly love to know what narrators or publishers are active in social media or do a great job communicating with listeners.
Audible also does a good job of bringing quality audiobooks to my attention, both on their own site and as a frequent sponsor of the Slate Culture Gabfest (part of the podcast rotation I mentioned earlier). However, this is a format where I’m more likely to look for reviews and recommendations from book bloggers than for any other reading that I do--those I rely on most tend to come from Candace, Sandy, Jen, Jennifer, and Michelle, but I’ve always got my eye out for something good, so please feel free to leave a recommendation in the comments on this post!