Thursday, June 9, 2011

Audiobook Week: Audiobooks for the Uninitiated

Today's topic from Jen at Devourer of Books deals with giving advice to those who don't already listen to audiobooks:

Whether you just started listening or have a long history with audiobooks, you probably have some suggestions for those new to audio whether for narrators, titles, or ways to experience the medium.

I often have people tell me that they "can't listen to audiobooks" or they don't think they can pay attention. And I use to be one of those people myself. I gave audios a try because I was driving so much every day to and from work. It didn't click more than opening a book and seeing scribbles immediately turned into understanding words and sentences and stories. But I gave it a fair chance and tried out different narrators, different types of books and different environments for listening. Now I listen to audios during a lot of times when I can't be reading print: while I'm driving, working out, doing yard work or house work, crafting, etc.

Some of the narrators I find easy to listen to: George Guidall (who I mentioned yesterday), Jeff Woodman is absolutely amazing as well. Andy Caploe is great and so is Joe Barrett. A couple recent additions for me are MacLeod Andrews and Mark Bramhill. Last year I asked a couple audiophile friends of mine to share in a post on narrators and we created this.

Just this week I commented at Craig Johnson's event that regardless of how folks feel about audiobooks, I think everyone should experience a Walt Longmire on audio at least once. They are always a wonderful experience for me. Those are the ones I want to sit in the driveway and listen to longer or walk an extra couple miles just to have more audio time.

Thriller or suspense novels are also good starting points, especially if you think you'll have trouble paying attention. The pacing and intensity of those novels help to keep you focused on the story as you WANT to find out what's going to happen.

So, if you've not listened to audiobooks before, I encourage you to give it an honest try. Visit your library. You don't have to make a major investment to give it a try!

People have heard me say this many times, and I think it's become my audio motto: "As adults we often forget that we learned to love reading by first having others read to us." I still enjoy that. And the very best audios help me to see things in the books I wouldn't have seen on my own. That's a fulfilling listening experience!

Happy Listening!


Debbie June 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

What a great motto!!

Jen - devourer of books June 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

Thrillers and suspense are definitely good beginning audios. Actually, they're usually just good audios in general, I find myself gravitating towards them more in audio than in print.

bermudaonion June 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

I'll have to try out some of the narrators you listed. I haven't listened to a lot of thrillers on audio.

Nise' June 9, 2011 at 10:30 PM  

I've got a long list of narrators to be on the look out for!

Beth F June 10, 2011 at 7:53 AM  

I have way too many "favorite" narrators!

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