June is National Audiobook Month
Happy Audiobook Month! For several years now, the Audio Publishers Association has held a national campaign every June to promote audiobook listening. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, and the rest of the reading world come together to celebrate the joys of listening to books. I’ll admit, I’m a little late to the party, since the month is nearly half over. Regardless, I couldn’t miss a chance to join in!
It seems like we’re all over the board when it comes to audiobooks. I know people who would never finish a book if not for audio – and then I know people who consider listening to a book “cheating.” I know people who say they can’t pay attention to the book if they listen to it, and people who find they pick up more listening than reading. And I know plenty of people who have just never tried one!
At one time or another, I’ve been all of those people. I listened to my first audiobook in August 2016. I’d always thought I’d get bored by listening. Plus there was the time factor – I could easily read two or even three books in the time it would take to listen to one. But, I had a trip to Atlanta coming up, and I was driving by myself, and I was bored with all my music. I signed up for a free trial of Scribd, downloaded a book, and off I went. It took me about half an hour to get used to the experience, but by then I was engrossed in the story and knew I was going to finish it. And now here I am, writing a post about audiobooks for Audiobook Month! So without further ado….
5 Great Audiobooks for National Audiobook Month
If You’ve Never Listened to an Audiobook, Try…
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. The first of the series, The Raven Boys is a captivating story by an author who knows how to grab (and keep) your attention. Will Patton’s narration (you may know him from movies like Remember the Titans and Armageddon) is breathtaking, and it’s no wonder he’s won an Audie award for Best Male Narrator. Review in this post.
If You Need a Beach-Worthy Audiobook, Try…
Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner. It’s a feel-good story for any book lover. Be warned, though, I gave all the characters in the next two books I read Scottish accentsafter listening to Lucy Price-Lewis’ narration. This is a perfect light read with substance, not to mention an excellent travelogue. I’m planning a trip to Scotland now, and I 100% blame this book. You can read my full review here.
If You’re Short on Time, Try…
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Just over 6 hours in length, and each myth has its own chapter. Unlike a lot of other audiobooks, the chapter endings don’t feel like cliffhangers. That makes Norse Mythology easily digestible, especially if you have limited listening time. And as for narration? Neil Gaiman is superb. Hearing an author read his or her own work is kind of the ultimate experience, since you get to hear it exactly how the author intended. Full review here.
If You Need a Book Club Recommendation, Try…
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. It won the National Book Award last year for a reason. It’s timely, compelling, and in-your-face. I listened to this separate from book club, but I wish I knew someone else who’d read it so we could discuss. There’s so much here to talk about, and not just about the past either. Bahni Turpin does the narration, and her ability to convey the emotion and turmoil of the story is remarkable. Full review here.
For Epic Feats of Narration, Try…
Sylvain Nuevel’s Sleeping Giants. The audio version features a full-cast recording. The story is told in a series of vignettes – interviews, case files, journal entries, and the like. Having the full-cast recording makes the listening experience that much richer, because you feel like you’re really getting to know each character. Review is coming on this one!
How are you celebrating National Audiobook Month? What audiobook should I listen to next? Leave a comment below telling me your favorite recordings!
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