Audiobook Week 2012 – Day 1

Welcome to Audiobook Week! This is an annual event hosted by Jen from 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.


  1. Followed home by a mountain lion? YIKES! I’m glad that you’re keeping safe while listening!

  2. I would be so afraid of falling asleep while listening before bed! I will say, my husband knows I’ve got a great audio – the laundry gets folded, the house gets straightened, and the garde is weeded. I channel Martha Stewart when I’m listening to an audiobook, I guess! LOL This is the first time I’ve visited your site, but NOT the last, I can promise you.

    • I have to admit, I have fallen asleep and had to furiously rewind when I snapped awake (usually when the dialogue got louder).

      I never thought of it like that but channeling Martha Stewart is a terrific description; I seem to get more done in the house or yard when I’m listening as well.

  3. I need to pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone, since so many people are recommending it! I’ve really started reviewing audiobooks since the summer of 2011. I feel like they are really coming into their own!

  4. I love how this blog was born from audiobook reviewing! I’m a little jealous of that. LOL!

  5. I wish I could listen to audios before I go to bed…but I think I would just fall fast asleep. I’m new to the audio world so I’m thrilled that I stumbled upon your blog via #audiobookweek . I know I will be able to find tons of great suggestions here.

    BTW I’m listening to The Daughter of Smoke and Bone right now and ohemgee…it’s amazing. Khristine, the narrator, IS AMAZING.

    • I haven’t had to use a sleep timer yet so that it shuts off within a certain time-frame but I may have to start.

      I’m loving all the new (to me) reviewers I’m finding through Audiobook Week. As if my queue of audios to be listened to isn’t taking over my computer already!

  6. I was thinking about an upcoming trip and how it would be fun to listen to audio on a hike…but then I thought about grizzlies and how it’s probably better to hear them coming than not…so your mountain lion story just sealed the deal for me – no audio listening on wilderness hikes.

    Am also adding the audio for Daughter of Smoke and Bone to my list! Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. I have plans to get to Daughter of Smoke and Bone this summer–glad to see such high recommendations.

    It was the commute that started my audiobook listening. I don’t have much of a commute anymore, but I still listen anytime I get in the car. Sometimes I just go out to the car and listen at lunch–it gets me away from work and refreshes my mind.

    I can see why you don’t want to listen while hiking! Mountain lion–yikes!

    • I spend so little time in the car anymore that I usually stick to music there since I have audiobooks going almost everywhere else but I love the idea of a lunch break in the car with an audiobook. I wish that had occurred to me when I was still working in an office.

  8. Thinking I need to check out Daughter of Smoke and Bone! So many people recommending it today. I can’t imagine a 70 mile commute but I have a 50 mile roundtrip so I guess still icky. I’ve heard many people say they’re more productive around the home in order to get their audiobook listening in. Ha!

    • I admit to being one of those people who is more productive around the house with an audiobook going but a large part of that is because I refuse to be interrupted (unless it’s an emergency) when I’m in the middle of a good audio.

  9. I think being followed home by mountain lions would keep me away from hiking forever, but that’s just me!

    I just started listening to audios while I walk – either outside or on the treadmill at the gym – and I love it. Sometimes I get so caught up in the audio that I just keep walking, despite that fact that I reached my goal for the day.

    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  10. I keep thinking I would love to hike and listen, but like you it is best to be aware of your surroundings. We have bears and moose in our neck of the woods, so it is best to not have earphones on. That probably explains my lack of enthusiasm for hiking lately. LoL

    Happy AudioBook Week!

    Dorothy – The Alaskan Bookie – Squeak
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  11. Yikes, a mountain lion? Guess you do need to be aware of your surroundings while hiking!

  12. You know YOU are responsible for me pacing nervously here, in anticipation of the sequel to ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ which you recommended?
    Such a great book which – once again – I found through connecting with another blogger/audibook lover.
    I used to fervently refuse recs for YA books, but this one made me realize there are some damn good ones around.

    • I hope it doesn’t make me a bad person that I’m rubbing my hands together and gleefully chuckling at that comment, Lucy. There really are some amazing YA books out there.

  13. I love it when listening to an audiobook compels me to clean longer or exercise longer! Count me in with those who will be listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  14. Love the name of your blog! Not sure how I’ve missed it up until now. (I don’t think you sound “odd” at all. Maybe because I’m an audiobook addict myself, I suppose.) Thank goodness I heard about Audiobook Week! This is my first year being involved.

    • Thank you for stopping by, Laurie. Isn’t Audiobook Week a great idea? It’s my first time participating and it’s so nice to be in the company of fellow audiobook addicts.

  15. Boy, I am so glad I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone in audio! I knew I would want to reread it before the next one comes out. You’re the second one I’ve seen give it raves. I also went and added A Long Long Sleep to my wish list. I’ve never heard of it, but as soon as I saw Angela Dawe read it, I knew I had to try it. She’s a great reader!

  16. I love that your listening outnumbered your reading cause I have been really worrying about that. Don’t ask me why? But… you know! I am trying to keep it 50/50 right now. Great post!

    • Alysia, I completely understand. As much as I love audiobooks and will take that format over any other, I was dismayed when they became the majority of my reading because it was such a huge change. I’ve been surrounded by physical books my entire life and read at least 4 a week. The move to audio has actually slowed down my reading but it’s definitely worth it.

  17. I remember your review. It was very touching. I thought Angela did a wonderful job, as well — that was why I picked her out of the limited number of choices they offered me. Thanks for recommending my book. I spend some hours a week in a car as well. My favorites for audiobooks tend to be Doctor Who radio plays. Happy listening!


  18. Oh, I forgot all about A Long, Long Sleep! I think I need to look that back up…

    And a mountain lion…a MOUNTAIN LION?! Dude…


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