Category Archives: Audiobooks

June Is Audiobook Month #JIAM @audiobookSYNC

Get Caught Listening

To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’m listening to three audiobooks at the same time. (I’m listening to each one at different times, but all at the same time, too, if you know what I mean.)

Red Hook RoadUsually two at a time is my maximum for audiobooks, but I’m listening to Red Hook Road (Midwest Tape, 2010) written by Ayelet Waldman, narrated by Kimberly Farr, on CDs borrowed from the library, because I couldn’t get the audio download through OverDrive or Axis360 from any of my public library sources.

sin-eaters-daughter-101262-sync2016-2000x2000Then, when my Axis360 app wouldn’t work and I couldn’t finish listening to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, narrated by Mia Barron the other day, I downloaded a SYNC free audiobook to listen to: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, narrated by Amy Shiels.

Since listening on CD means I can’t listen to Red Hook Road except at home and The Sin Eater’s Daughter is good so far, but not gripping, I decided to start Armada by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton, once I finished The Nest (which I really liked, by the way). I’ve been noticing a few reviewers have said they didn’t fall in love with Armada the way they did with Ready Player One, so I wanted to get to it before I ran across any spoilers.

ArmadaI haven’t gotten too far into Armada, but I like it! So far there’s really no love story going on, it’s all Space Invader-style video game and scifi movies, but Wil Wheaton’s narration is great and I’m enjoying the voice of the main character.

SYNC from AudioFile

What I really wanted to mention with this post, though, was the weekly free audiobook downloads that are offered by AudioFile through the annual SYNC program, where you can download two audiobook titles a week: a YA novel paired with either a classic novel or multi-voice production of a play.

The selection changes each Thursday at 7 am. EDT, so bookmark audiobooksync.com to check selection weekly, or to sign up to receive weekly email or text reminders.

sync-poster-no-dates-2016-finalIf you have the OverDrive app on your phone or mp3 player already, all you need to do is add SYNC as a library and you can easily download the weekly selections. (They do take up room on your phone, though, so you might want to download them on a computer if you’re not going to listen right away.) There is no loan period; the audiobook files are yours to keep!

Social (Media) Climbing: Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford (Audio) @MacmillanAudio

Image of audiobook on CD Everybody RiseEverybody Rise, a first novel by Brooklyn journalist Stephanie Clifford, was the hot book this summer — seen on bestseller and Best Beach Reads lists – then quickly incurring the inevitable backlash to the hype — because no book is liked by everyone, no matter how popular it gets.

Set in New York City before the 2008 economic crash, 26-year-old Evelyn — desperately resisting her class-conscious, nouveau riche mother’s urging to marry up and do it quickly – leverages her prep school alumna status to dump her mediocre post-college textbook marketing job to shill for an exclusive social media start-up — People Like Us — aimed at the beautiful people who appear in the Times‘ society pages, e.g. debutantes, former debutantes, family scions, eligible bachelors, etc.

Narrated wonderfully by Katherine Kellgren, the audiobook hooked me immediately, and should probably have gone on my 2015 list of favorite literary fiction on audio. Katherine Kellgren does all of the characters’ voices so well, but especially:

  • Evelyn’s mother (social snob with an undercurrent of neediness);
  • Evelyn’s prep school friend, Preston (drawling son of old money, with a strong whiff of despair);
  • Evelyn’s best prep school friend, Charlotte (brisk and practical, but sympathetic to friends who aren’t as well-adjusted);
  • Evelyn herself (smart enough to recognize her envy of upper-class privilege but not strong enough to resist it).

Listen to a spoiler-free AudioFile review and a clip from the audiobook on SoundCloud.

Will you love or hate this tragicomic story ? Try this infographic to help you decide!

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Well? Should you skip it or try it? Everybody tell!

Everybody Rise
Clifford, Stephanie (auth.)
Kellgren, Katherine (narr.)
Macmillan Audio
August 2015
9781427265272
12.5 hrs/11 CDs

Disclosure: I received a free advance review copy of this audiobook at a library conference last May, or possibly won it as a prize through Armchair BEA last spring.

Other opinions on the audiobook:
AudioFile (“splendid”)
Literate Housewife (“pleasantly surprised”)
Publishers Weekly (“marvelous narration”)

 

Thanks for Telling Me! Recommended Audiobooks Day 3 @BBAW #BBAW

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an annual event originated by My Friend Amy in 2008 that ran for five years, and has now been brought back after a hiatus by The Estella Society.

Day 3  What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?

Book blogger buzz makes me add so many books to my virtual TBR pile that I decided to post about a few favorite audiobooks today, to make it a more manageable-sized list.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, narrated by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens CD

Oops, I thought Care from Care’s Books and Pie recommended this hilarious audiobook to me, but it turns out I recommended it to her! I don’t remember a particular blogger’s recommendation, but I used to get a lot of audio recommendations through the weekly Sound Bytes link-up (which, sadly, is no more) at Devourer of Books, so I may have caught the buzz about Beauty Queens there.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton

Ready Player One CD

I definitely listened to this story of a do-or-die gamer quest because of book blogger buzz during Audiobook Week. (I think there may be a Wil Wheaton fan club subset out there.) but again, I’m not sure if it was anyone in particular. I loved it so much I never wrote up my review, but it made my list of Better on Audio.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, narrated by Scott Brick

cover image of audiobook on CD

I thought this book about a grouchy bookseller would be too cutesy, but book blogger buzz convinced me to try The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (even to buy my own copy because I couldn’t get it from the library!) although, again, I can’t pinpoint a particular review. Read my review, please, and then beg, borrow, or steal buy the audiobook!

If one of these avid audiobook listeners recommends an audiobook, I usually listen! (I hope I’m not forgetting anybody!)

Candace at Beth Fish Reads
Sheila at Book Journey
Care at Care’s Books and Pie
Bob at The Guilded Earlobe
Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves
JoAnn at Lakeside Musing
Jennifer at Literate Housewife

I also refer to AudioFile Magazine reviews a lot to decide whether to read or listen to a book. Did you know you can subscribe by email to four different FREE AudioFile newletters?

I need to start making notes and keeping better records of who recommended what for the next BBAW!

And now that Andi, Heather, and the gang have brought back BBAW, who else wants to bring back Audiobook Week this June?

Click on the image below for the Linky List of Day Three posts!BBAW2016