Sunday, June 16, 2013

Audiobook Week - 2012-2013, My Audiobook Year

Today kicks off the Audiobook Week celebration headed by blogger Jen from Devourer of Books. Her post prompt for today is 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. 

If you've been reading the blog for very long you know audiobooks are definitely not new to me. It's been about 6 years now since I started listening to audiobooks. What has changed for me is WHEN I listen to them. Now that I work from home, my commuting time is gone. I still listen in the car, even if it's just a short jaunt to the store and back. But the larger percentage of my audio listening time is now achieved when I'm doing housework, yard work, crafting, walking my dog...and of course longer road trips.

I discovered not too long after I started listening to audiobooks, that if my mind wasn't totally consumed with a task, I craved for someone to be telling me a story. The silence seemed intensified...or more often around my neighborhood, the outside noises became more irritating. Focusing my brain on an audiobook helps me to stay more focused on my tasks and even helps me stay calmer, less anxious. It's therapeutic as well as entertaining. I'd be lost without them now!

And gosh, my favorite titles of this past year would be hard to pinpoint. I did do my favorite audios of 2012 list. And listening to Stephen King narrate his Wind Through the Keyhole was a first experience for me. I loved it. When you add in the audios I've listened to so far this year, that brings even more great listening, like Duane Swiersczynski's Point and Shoot that I just finished or Kimberly McCreight's debut Reconstructing Amelia. The crime genre is a great genre for audiobooks, but I've had other experiences outside the genre that have been equally wonderful: The Help, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, and Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (which could arguably be a crime novel).

I want to help make your audiobook year, so I'm going to give away an audiobook prize pack to two lucky winners. In addition, I'll be choosing one more winner from the Facebook friends. Each of the prize packs will include at least FOUR unabridged audiobooks, either CDs or MP3-CD. So, if you haven't listened to audios before, here's a good (free) way to get your hands on some that can help you get started. If you're a long time audio fan, here's a chance to build your library. Among the titles I know for sure will be included, I have audios from T. Jefferson Parker, John Lescroart, Sara Paretsky, Harlen Coben, Ken Bruen, Kathy Reichs and more.

For your chance to win one of the prize packs, just fill out the form below by Saturday, June 22nd and I'll choose winners on Sunday--I'll chose the Facebook winner on Sunday as well. I'll email winners and you'll have 72 hours to respond. If a winner doesn't respond, I'll choose a replacement winner. Entrants must have a US mailing address (sorry guys...funds are short right now). Good luck and happy listening!

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