Welcome to Audiobook Week! This is an annual event hosted by Jen from www.devourerofbooks.com and it’s a fitting cap to the June Is Audiobook Month (JIAM) celebration. In addition to encouraging bloggers to post a review each day, Jen has posted daily discussion topics (click the Audiobook Week image on the right to learn more) so without any further ado, let’s jump right in.
Today’s topic is:
2011-2012, Your Audiobook Year
Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience.
I discovered audiobooks sometime in the mid-90s but I have to admit, I’m a little fuzzy on exactly when or which particular book was my introduction to what has now become an obsession. Like so many audiobook fans, I started listening in order to while away the hours while commuting to work. At the time I was driving 70 miles each way and although I’m usually perfectly content singing (for certain values of “singing”) at the top of my lungs while zipping down the road, I wasn’t happy about the bite out of my reading time the new job was taking and audiobooks seemed like the perfect solution.
Fast forward to 2011, a year that marked my entry into the world of audiobook reviewing. I joined Goodreads in late 2010 and in early 2011 decided to start talking about the audiobooks I listened to. Connecting with other audiobook enthusiasts in a social media setting was a revelation to me and I was enjoying it so much that when June Is Audiobook Month rolled around in 2011, it was just the nudge I needed to dive into my own brand of audiobook evangelism. In August of 2011 I launched The Oddiophile website with a review of A Long, Long Sleep – Anna Sheehan’s marvelous re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty story. I continue to recommend this book not just because it holds a special place in my heart by being my first review here but because it is creative, thought-provoking, well-narrated, and aspects of it still refuse to stop demanding my attention at odd moments.
2011/2012 is also the time-frame where my reading life took two major turns. Not only was my audiobook consumption outpacing my hard-copy/e-book reading for the first time but I was unexpectedly finding myself immersed in the world of YA books. From that period of immersion comes the second of my favorite listens of the past year: Laini Taylor’s lyrical, amusing, and extremely well-crafted book Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Now that my daily drive-time commute is a thing of the past (I’ve been telecommuting to work for the past five years) I’ve been “forced” (ha!) to expanded my list of “audiobook activities” and although I’ve traded watching TV for listening to an audiobook before going to bed at night, I’d be lost without an audiobook to keep me distracted while going about my usual household chores, gardening, or exercising. The exception to that last one being my decision to leave the iPod at home when hiking – you only have to be followed home by a mountain lion once to decide it’s probably best to maximize your awareness of your surroundings.
I hope you’ll be sharing your reviews and audiobook experiences this week (and every week), either via a comment on an Audiobook Week post or with your own post.