Jen at Devourer of Books is celebrating all things audiobooks this week, so be sure to head over to her blog and check out all the posts and links to great discussions and reviews of audiobooks.
One of the things she scheduled for this week is this meme about our audiobooks and listening habits.
Audiobook are you currently reading/you read most recently: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (read by the fabulous Jim Dale)
Impressions?: Love Harry Potter and re-reading the entire series back to back via audio has been wonderful.
How long you’ve been listening to audiobooks: I’ve been listening to audiobooks since early 2004.
First audiobook you ever listened to: The first one I ever listened to was Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik. Many people in my online book chat group from that time had recommended it and when I decided to try an audiobook it was on the library shelf and seemed like a good one to try. I’ve been hooked ever since for whenever I’m in the car by myself. I hated the radio stations in town – I always seemed to only get commercials and talk radio so I turned off the radio and turned on my audiobooks.
First audiobook I got The Hubster to listen to was One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. We were taking a weekend road trip and talked him into giving road trip books a try. We now make them a regular part of our trips that have us on the road for enough hours to finish a book.
Favorite audiobook title: I can’t name one. Right now I’d say the Harry Potter series.
Favorite narrator: Again, I can’t name one. Jim Dale is fabulous. George Guidall has read me several classics. Lisette Lecat makes the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency a joy to listen to. I could probably listen to Barbara Rosenblat read the phone book, but if you ever have the chance to listen to her reading of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, do not pass it up.
How do you choose what to listen to versus read? I really tend to stick with light stuff or classics. As I said, all of my audiobook listening is during my driving around town time so it happens most often in 10-15 minute increments. I need books that lend themselves to short bursts like that and I’ve found that light mysteries and books with a touch of humor are most enjoyable for the car. I’ve also managed to listen to several classics via audio. It’s nice to listen and occasionally check sites such as Sparknotes to review chapter summaries.
When do you listen to audiobooks? I’m strictly a drive time listener whenever I’m in the car by myself and when The Hubster and I are on a roadtrip. I rarely listen to books any other time.