June is the month when we celebrate audiobooks! If you follow me here, you have to be well aware of my love for this reading form. At this stage in my life, I listen to more books than I read. I’ve come to love the time I spend listening to a story each and everyday.
I guess my fondness for someone reading me a story dates back to when I was seven years old and my parents bought me two record albums. One was Greyfriars Bobby, about a Skye terrier who refuses to leave his master’s grave. I can still hear the ditty of the story in my head. The second book was the timeless Peter and the Wolf. I’ve never forgotten the wonder of having someone tell me a story out loud.
When asked when I listen to books, my immediate response is whenever I can’t hold my iPad to read. Many know of my husband’s gift of some fancy Bose wireless headphones, which I think he bought for his own peace and quiet. They allow me to listen to books while vacuuming, doing laundry, grocery shopping and other mindless chores. My house is so much more orderly since I got these headphones😏
But the best time for me to listen is when I do these long road trips. Two years ago, I was on the road every week for eight months, 9 hours round trip. Audiobooks were my salvation for a truly boring ride. There were times I’d arrive at my destination and not recall half the trip!
Audiobooks have literally undergone an explosion of demand over the last few years and that’s been great for listeners. The competition amongst narrators has produced some of the best performers I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and most books published these days have an audiobook option. And, to my delight, those stories with multiple points of view are being published in audio using multiple narrators!
Here are some of my favorite narrators (I’ve many more, but I’ll stop at 10):
- Robert Petkoff (truly talented!)
- January LaVoy
- Julia Whelan
- Hilary Huber
- Andi Arndt
- Davina Porter
- Bahni Turpin
- Imogen Church
- Renée Raudman
- David Chandler
Here are some of my most favorite audiobooks (my list is legion so here are a few):
- A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
- Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
- Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
- Year One by Nora Roberts
- Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
- The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
- Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
Enough about me!
- What would you like to share about audiobooks?
- Do you listen to them? If so, when do you listen? If not, what’s stopping you?
- Who are some of your favorite narrators?
- What are some of your favorite audiobooks?