Musing About Things: Audiobooks

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Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as A Daily Rhythm‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
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So today’s topic is: Audio Books

Listening to Audio Books:

I love the idea of audio books. When I’m driving, or cleaning, or as of lately while walking to work, I can still get my book on!

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That being said, I rarely listen to them. I actually don’t really like them that much because I can usually read faster than the narrators reading it to me, so I don’t listen to a lot of fiction audio books. Some audio books are like 20 hours long and chances are I would have finished the book much sooner than 20 hours.

Also, if the narrator isn’t that good (i.e. isn’t very good at distinguishing characters) or the plot isn’t fantastic I just get confused and/or space out. And it’s kind of hard to ‘go back’ in an audio book. Though FYI, I listened to The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner because Tom Hiddleston was the narrator and he’s brilliant (he gave everyooooone distinct voices, even the girls (which actually sounded like real females!) and it was amazaballs).

 

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I have however discovered that I love listening to autobiographies, especially when the author is also the narrator! I’ve particularly enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, in which they all narrate their own books. I probably wouldn’t have read these if they’re weren’t available as audios, so yay for audio books for expanding my reading horizon!

Reviewing Audio Books:

I finally reviewed my first audio book (One More Thing, Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak)! And I’m just curious if/when you guys review audio books if it does or how it does differ from reviewing a (written) book? When I reviewed One More Thing, I felt like I needed to talk about the narration a bit, though original I wasn’t going to talk about it. But it is nice to know if the reviewer enjoyed the voice/narrator since sometimes that can make or break listening vs. reading the book, right!

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So are you guys big audio-bookers? Or more the casual listener like me?

Are there particular types that you prefer more as audio books?

How do you review audio books? Do you want to review audio books?

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Audiobooks”

  1. I started listening to audiobooks a little while ago and I do like them but it’s taken some figuring out what works for and what doesn’t. I definitely prefer biographies and I think Bossypants was actually better in audio form than it was in book form. I can’t handle the 20 hour books either and tend to stick to no more than 12. I get impatient with the narrator but I tried doing 1.5 speed and didn’t like that either. I think you do have to mention a narration or if you think something worked in audio that wouldn’t have worked in book form or vice versa. I had a hard time counting them as books when I first started listening to them because I wasn’t actually reading them but I’ve realized I actually remember the story the same way I do with books so I feel a bit better about that. Great topic!

    1. Definitely agree, some books are better in audio form and yup, can’t handle super long ones! Haha, I’ve never tried it at 1.5 speed.
      I’m glad audiobooks ended up working out for you 😉

  2. I have never connected to the idea of listening to books…especially since I can read them faster. And at this point in my life, I’m not driving enough or doing enough stuff that requires multi-tasking….but I wouldn’t mind listening to a memoir read by the author.

    Here’s what I’m anticipating:
    “THE MISTAKE I MADE”

    1. That was my problem for a long time too! But I’ve found biographies really work well for me (: I love when the author narrates!

  3. I keep an audio book going all the time in my car. I often pick authors I have never read. It is a good way to get to know if I will like them.

    1. Great idea! I’ve been thinking of trying out authors I haven’t read before either. Hope you’ve found some good ones that way 🙂

  4. I never did audiobooks until we got a dog. Now during that hour I walk him in the morning I either listen to NPR or to an audiobook. It’s a great start to my day, and I know our walk so well that I can usually concentrate on the book. I listened to all 40+ hours of the first GoT book, which I highly recommend. I often use audio for re-reads too, because I don’t have to pay perfect attention.
    Look forward to hearing about some of your favorites!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. That does sound like a great way to the day! I wouldn’t mind getting so I can get walks and have an excuse to listen to books 🙂
      Oh man! I’m really impressed, 40+ is too much for me. Though I’ve been stuck on A Clash of Kings for a while, maybe I should try switching to audio…haha

  5. I was never a book audiobook person. I just couldn’t get into them. Then I listened to the Legend series by Marie Lu and kinda fell in love… They weren’t exceptional audiobooks, but I listened to them as I made the 5 hour drives back and forth from OK to TX. From there, I listened to A LOT of them. My favorites though have to be A Thousand Pieces of You and These Broken Stars. By far, the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. But then I’ve had to stop some because they were so bad (and it’s not the story; it’s the narrator) like The Wrath and the Dawn. Oy that was so bad I couldn’t get past 30 minutes. I think some are trial and error.

    1. I’m glad you found some you liked! I still haven’t really gotten into fiction audiobooks yet, but maybe one day! Oh, I might have to check out audio ver. of These Broken Stars! Love that book, And I have been meaning to A Thousand Pieces You!
      It sucks when the narrator is terrible! Kills the book.

  6. great. someone talking audiobooks for audiobook month! yes , I luv audiobooks and am an audio reviewer. You’re totally on track in discussing narration in the review otherwise it’s just another book review 🙂 Great tips at audiobook jukebox for reviewing well – all the best on that! Which is part of MY MMs HERE

    1. I hadn’t realized June was audiobook month! Good to know! Glad you’re loving audiobooks (:
      I’ll definitely keep trying to review the narrator! Thanks!

  7. I would love to read more audiobooks but I actually fall asleep a lot of the times when listening to them. I actually listen to graphic audios instead – they’re just like listening to an actual movie because the production value is so much more higher! there is music, sound effects, DIFFERENT VOICE ACTORS among many others. It’s really awesome and I’ve finished a lot by listening to them 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato

    1. My friend does that all the time too haha. I usually try to listen to them when I’m doing something, or I think I’d fall asleep too!
      :O Graphic audios!?!? I’m intrigued! That sounds very cool. Will definitely have to check it out! Thanks for letting me know, Faye!

  8. I’m really not huge on audiobooks, but I’m trying to get into them! I’m listening to Mansfield Park right now, after trying to read it previously, and hoping that the audio will help me get through it. I HAVE listened to Mindy Kaling’s book, though, which was wonderful! It makes such a difference with those kinds of books,

    1. Good luck! I’m trying to get more into them, too (: I always think the audio version will help get through it when reading doesn’t work, haha. I think it’s because audio books let up multitask, plus you can kinda space out, but still count it as listening.
      Loved that Mindy Kaling narrated her own book!

  9. I am SO WITH YOU ON THIS. I love when author is the narrator. David Sedaris books are also amazing.

    1. YAY! Oh, I have not listen to any David Sedaris yet, but I’ll definitely put on the list! He does sound pretty awesome 😉 Thanks for the rec!

  10. I’m a huge audiobook listener, mainly because I have ADD and I don’t space out as much with audio. I’ve reviewed a lot of audiobooks over the years, and I always make sure to include something about the narrator. That’s always something I’m looking for when I read reviews of audiobooks, so it’s a good thing to include.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of nonfiction audio lately, as well. I actually just started Yes, Please. I already love it.

  11. I’ve listened to a few auiobooks, but like you, I have trouble listening if they’re too long. I usually listen at 1.5 speed or more because some narrators just talk SO slowly. But my whole family is listening to the Harry Potter series while we’re on vacation and it makes for a great family activity during long drives!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  12. I’m not big on audio books but I think a review definitely has to include info and opinions about the narrator.

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