In Which I Vlog About Audiobooks

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

Comments

  1. YES! Boring task #1 for me and audiobooks = weeding the garden! When I have a good audiobook my backyard looks really impressive.

  2. I haven’t listened to Harry Potter on audio — perhaps I need to!

    I have an audiobook in progress at all times! While I drive, while I do housework, I even yesterday plugged in my headphones while I did my grocery shopping *runs and hides*

    Narrators can make or break a book though. I have had a few that I had to put down… (I like reading the reviews on Audible.com to see if people liked the narration or not…)

    • OMG, YOU NEED TO READ HARRY POTTER ON AUDIO!!

      And yes, narrators definitely are the most important part, I think.

      AND AND AND, I never even though about using them for grocery shopping, I bet I’d be better at focusing on buying food and not junk with a good audiobook on. What a great idea, Jac!

  3. Very interesting. I’ve picked up a couple of audiobooks in the past, and I have several loaded on my iPod right now, but I’ve never really found time to listen to them. But, from what I’ve listened to, I can’t agree more about the narrator being important.
    Another source for free audiobooks is Sync, in the summer. Audible teams up with http://audiobooksync.com/ to offer two audiobooks each week in July and August. Definitely worth checking out!

    You’re hysterical, April. Loved the glasses bit. And I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one who moves their hands while talking. (My friends make fun of me for my hand gestures.)

  4. Thanks for being so helpful on twitter with suggesting Tell Me A Secret. I think it’s the first audiobook that has really hooked me. Normally I space out and find it really difficult to concentrate on the story, but Tell Me A Secret has an engaging narrator which helps me focus. I might have to give Audible.com a chance once I’m done with school and hopefully have an income. For now I’ll stick to the free ones. My school library has quite a few gems and the Overdrive selection at my library isn’t too bad either. I’m so glad that I gave audiobooks another chance. 🙂

  5. Awesome vlog! I also love to listen to audiobooks when I’m doing boring tasks like doing the dishes, and listening also motivates me to workout more. I’m on Audible too, but agree that the library is an awesome source for audiobooks, since they can be so $$.
    I will definitely take your advice and listen to HP on audio. I haven’t read those books before and I think audio is the way to go!

  6. LOVE the glasses. Brilliant! They make me think of the movie Love Potion Number 9.

    Great idea listening to audio.

    I’ve just started listening to audiobooks and they make folding laundry and doing my house chores so much easier.

    I just finished Coraline and it’s brilliant!

  7. I’m am with you 100% on audiobooks helping boring tasks. Listening in the car was how it started for me (as it is for most people) but now it’s become such an addiction that I listen when I’m making dinner, doing laundry, getting ready for work in the morning, etc.

    My all-time favorite audiobook is The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. By far the best, funniest, most entertaining audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Bahni Turpin is the narrator and she is brilliant. There was one point I was laughing so hard I actually spit out my iced tea. It is a must-listen for any audiobook lover – or anyone who thinks they don’t like audiobooks for that matter… which brings me to my next point…

    So many people think they don’t like audiobooks because they listened to one and had a really bad narrator. I tell my students all the time, “Saying you don’t like audiobooks because of one bad experience is like saying you don’t like food because the first thing you ever ate was broccoli. There are so many other choices out there. Try out some more and see what you like!” (Incidentally, I use this exact same argument with books in general and also poetry because Brian McGackin, the guy who wrote the book Broetry, uses that argument at the beginning of his book so now I use it all the time).

  8. I’m a huge fan of audiobooks. I started listening in the car when I was in college and it just snowballed after that. Now I listen while cleaning, driving, taking a shower, working out, walking the dog, etc. They allow me to read so much more. I get 90% of my audiobooks from the library, but one tip I would add is library book sale. Most libraries phase some of their audiobooks out at each sale and so you can get them at a huge discount. Half Priced Books also has some great deals on audiobooks. Great post!

  9. I used to not like audiobooks because I thought listening to a book would cheat myself of the “real” reading experience. I got hooked on them earlier this year, however, after getting a trial membership at Audible because I thought it would be a good way to reread a book I’ve been wanting to reread (City of Bones). Now I am an Audible member, am always scoping out what audiobooks my library has, and pretty much am always listening to an audiobook on my iPhone whenever I have time when I can’t physically pick up a book (like when doing dishes or walking to places).

    I highly, highly recommend listening to the Outlander series on audio. Davinia Porter is by far my favorite narrator. The accents and different voices for the various characters are wonderfully done, and those books are huge so listening to them helps me get through them more quickly.

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