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.
Nothing really new to report here. I’ve been listening for more than a decade
(and blogging audiobooks for five years), I like all kinds of books although I’m
more partial to fiction, I’m a critical listener but I don’t really hate any
narrator (there are just some I think more than twice about listening to). Since leaving YALSA’s audiobook selectioncommittees, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to as many adult books as kids
and teen. I track my reading by a
calendar year and in 2011, about one-third of my listening was adult. So far this year, it’s been about half and
half. I listened to almost 732 hours of
books last year … to date in 2012, I’m up to 280 hours (yikes! I’m way behind).
I also got involved with Audiobook Jukebox's Solid Gold Reviewer program this year, which has generously provided me with copies of audiobooks that I might otherwise not be able to get my hands on (my library has chosen not to purchase them for one reason or another). This must be a colossal amount of work for the Audiobook DJ and Rockinbear, and I am grateful for their efforts!
For the first time this past year, I shared audiobooks with another
listener during some road trips. Those intensive,
four- or five-hour stretches are really amazing, but I’ve got to learn how to pause
the player in my friends’ Priuses! Listening
doesn’t keep you from wanting to talk, but the books always make for more
interesting conversation. I did glom
onto a few new narrators that I’d like to hear more: Jonathan Aris, Wendy Carter, Ralph Cosham,
and Kristine Hvam; plus I enjoyed reunions with Steven Boyer, Alan Cumming, LukeDaniels and Jenny Sterlin.
Librarian. Reader. Listener. Blogger. I started listening to books in order to catch up on children's "classics" [which was pretty much all that was available in those days] and became an audiobook convert. And, there's no one more obsessed than a convert.