Hello, my lovelies. Today I’m taking part in the Audiobook Tag. I’ll be sharing my listening habits (please don’t judge me! 😘 ) and recommending some of my favourite audiobooks and narrators.
I discovered this fun book tag in the archives at Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe and thought it would be perfect to do as I’m solely listening to audiobooks at the moment. Plus, Karen @ For What It’s Worth adapted some of the questions and I really liked them, so I’ve added some of her tweaked questions too. 😘
The Audiobook Tag
Have you always listened to audiobooks/when did you begin?
I used to listen to cassette tapes with children’s stories all the time when I was young. I can remember long family car journeys down to Cornwall for our summer holidays becoming less boring with Jon Pertwee, Penelope Keith and other 70s stars reading classic children’s tales. As a teenager, it was paperbacks only, then ebooks and now I’m back to audiobooks. Life really does go in cycles. 😘
What is your favourite audiobook?
I hate questions like this! There’s no way I can pick just one so I’ve taken a leaf out of Jonetta’s page and will just list the first three that pop into my head that I’ve listened to recently.
1. Three Half Goats Gruff & Dragons Don’t Eat Meat by Kim McDougall ~ Read by Hollie Jackson
2. The Noose of a New Moon by Helen Harper ~ Read by Shaun Grindell
3. Broken Dawn by Dianne Duvall ~ Read by Kirsten Potter
What is your favourite thing about audiobooks? (Thanks Karen)
- For the past year, I’ve been under doctor’s orders to reduce my screen time. Audiobooks have been a lifesaver! I got my fix from listening to stories rather than reading.
- I can escape into an audiobook just as easily as I could an ebook (I am not an audio multi-tasker).
- Hearing the pronunciation for names and places (especially in the fantasy genre)!
- Double the books! I seem to be able to handle two audiobooks at once, when reading I have to keep to one at a time.
What is my least favorite thing about audiobooks?
I’ve got a couple of niggles with the audiobook format, apart from many great indie authors not being able to afford to produce the format for their books.
- A narrator can make or break a story. Occasionally, I’ll listen to an audiobook where I didn’t listen to the free sample first and discover too late that it’s narrated by someone who doesn’t do the story justice. Maybe they aren’t a good storyteller and fail to capture the essence of the tale or distinguish the characters very well. Those kind of performances can ruin what might be a great story.
- I used to use the Kindle highlight function continually – I love book quotes. When I’m listening to a story, I don’t usually have the presence of mind to notice a great quote because I’m too captivated. However, I’ve just signed up to Audiobooks.com and the app allows for highlights! listening through Audible But . I always have to go to Goodreads to find quotes for my favourite books.
What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?
OK so we’re not talking about the smell of books. I suppose the biggest difference between the two formats is engagement. What I like about listening to a story is the lack of work I have to do. Lol! Reading is something that we do, whereas listening is something that happens to us. Putting on my science-y hat. Reading is an act of engagement. The words on the page aren’t going to read themselves, which is something they literally do in an audiobook. If you’re not actively taking in written information, then you’re not going to make progress on the book. Audiobooks, on the other hand, make progress with or without your participation. You can tune out, your mind wandering, and the the story will still move forward. It’s the difference between watching a film or reading the book.
How and when do you listen?
Unlike many audiobook listeners, I don’t listen to them when I’m doing something else. I’ve learnt that my mind just stops hearing it and the story becomes white noise. So to prevent many rewinds, 😂 I plug in now instead of reading before bed, if Hubby wants to watch Test Cricket, Formula One or football (soccer) or if I’m playing chaufeaur to either daughters and I’m left waiting in the car. 😘
What style/genre do you prefer?
You know my preferences. 😍 Adult paranormal romance, adult urban fantasy and cosy paranormal mysteries.
What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?
I wrote a post highlighting six of my favourite narrators. Matt Addis, Caitlin Davies, Hollie Jackson, Nicole Poole, Kirsten Potter and Christopher Raglan all are excellent at plunging me into the story they’re reading. Creating voices that fit the characters and vary enough for listeners to distinguish one from another during the dialogue.
I’ve listed more in my A to Z of Amazing Narrators page, so be sure to check that out for a great list of performers.
What are your thoughts about audiobooks?
I’m not tagging anyone, but if you fancy doing the Audiobook Tag let me know so that I can visit and comment on your post.
Bye for now,