Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Interview with Emily's Reading Room #JIAM

Monday, June 4, 2012

Audiobook Interview with Emily's Reading Room #JIAM

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.

Today we have Emily from Emily's Reading Room!

What originally made you pick up an audiobook to try it?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.
Who are your favorite audiobook readers? (name as many as you'd like)
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!
What is your favorite audiobook (excluding Harry Potter, which I will assume is everyone's....don't tell me if it's not :P)
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!


  1. I love that you'll be interviewing audiobook enthusiasts. Can't wait to discover more audiobook lovers.

    I've been wanting to fit Leviathan into my listening schedule for a while. I've heard so many great things about Alan Cummings as a narrator.

    1. YAY! Leviathan is also one of my favorites, so I hope you can fit it in! We're actually going to be giving it away soon, so you can enter our giveaway for it. Alan Cumming is amazing!!

  2. I feel that I really need to give audio books another chance. I have enjoyed the blog tour; it is like going to the Sizzler of Books. I got to try a little bit of everything!

    1. Definitely give it a try! If you like Harry Potter, you should definitely start with those, in my opinion. Jim Dale is amazing!!

  3. At first, I was against audiobooks, feeling like that couldn't possibly count as 'reading'. Then, I read Stephen Kings ON WRITING book and in it he recommended reading audiobooks. I figured if it counts in Stephen King's eyes, it should in mine as well. The first audiobook I listened to after that was Dolores Claiborne, and next was Carrie. The first reminded me exactly of the movie; the second was less enjoyable as an audio presentation than it was in print.

    Since then, I've listened to several audiobooks. My favorite (so far), which if you haven't already listened to you totally should, is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Gerard Doyle is the reader and he does an AMAZING job. Each character has a unique voice and you can tell who it is without dialog taglines. I actually liked this audio presentation better than HP. Another good audio series is Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series. My only complaint there is that it has multiple readers for the first four books and they don't all pronounce things the same.

    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll be checking those books out soon!

    1. Austin listened to The Inheritance Cycle and really loved it too. And I agree about The Mortal Instruments!!! I would definitely recommend The Demon King if you like high fantasy. It's AMAZING!!

  4. I love audiobooks. I listen to them in the car too. I don't really buy many of them now since I am at home with my daughter, but I used to buy them all the time and listen to them on the drive to and from work. I really miss listening to them, but I feel like I can read faster than an audio book can since I'm home a lot more.

    1. I read faster too, but I love audiobooks for when I work out, and when I clean. I pop it onto my iPod and listen while I vacuum!! Or when I want to tune out the kids! hahaha

  5. 'k i'm putting leviathan audiobook on hold right now.


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