During the month of June, we're having lots of audiobook awesomeness. One thing we're doing for JIAM (June is Audiobook Month) is interviewing some audiobook fanatics.
What originally made you pick up an audiobook to try it?
I can't read in the car because I get incredibly car sick. It's one of the great tragedies of my life. So, in order to keep from being completely bored on car trips, I decided to try out audiobooks. It wasn't love at first sight. Initially I was turned off by how long it took to finish a book and the narrator didn't sound like the right voice in my head. But, once I found one that I loved (The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima narrated by Carol Monda), I learned to really embrace them for what they were.Where do you usually listen to audiobooks?
In the car on the way to work. I have a commute of about 45 minutes each way. I get a lot of listening in that way. The other way I listen is on my iPod while cleaning or before bed when I don't feel like opening a book. Kind of like a bedtime story!How many audiobooks do you listen to a month?
I think I'm averaging about 4-5 right now. Right around 1 a week. The more I drive, the more I get through!Do you prefer full cast audios or one reader?
I think the only thing I've listened to that is close to a full audio is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It had multiple narrators, and I loved it! But, I think all of them are great, and it just depends on the book.
Oh boy, I have so many. Carol Monda reading The Demon King was my first love. Alan Cumming reading the Leviathan series is a revelation. For creepy books, I loved Katherine Kellgren reading Ashes. Luke Daniels reading This Dark Endeavor was great as well. My newest discovery though is Amy Rubinate, narrating Shadows on the Moon. I can't stop talking about that book!Do you like it when there are sound effects or music on the audios?
I don't think I've listened to any with sound effects or music. It could be cool though, like old time radio shows!
Do I sound like a broken record if I say that it's a tie between The Demon King and Leviathan? Because it really is!Feel free to mention anything else! :D
The only thing I'd mention is that if your hang up with audiobooks is because they are slower than reading a print book, or the voices don't "sound right," just think of them like a bedtime story. It's an opportunity for me to relax and let someone really tell me a story. The good narrators will do that, and you'll almost wish that they'd go a little longer!
Thanks so much, Emily for taking the time to chat with us!
Emily is my audiobook soul mate! She has lots of fun JIAM stuff happening on her blog this month too, so make sure you check that out!
Make sure you're following all of the JIAM stuff we have going on this month! We'll be giving away Leviathan and The Demon King in our "My Favorite Audiobooks" giveaways soon, so you can find out how awesome they are!