Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What Are You Listening to Wednesday - Week 7

I was all prepared to return this week with a post about the music Ana chose for Debi's Happiness Project and I am borrowing, but I am having some sound issues. Until the guy comes home and hits a few things; I am going to have to skip another week.

In the meantime, I started an audiobook. I bought an mp3 player with my Christmas money so I could add some variety to my reading. Tonight I finally loaded a book onto it and spent almost an hour with it. The book I chose? Ready Player One by Ernest Clint and narrated by Wil Wheaton. I have heard lots of good things about this audiobook, so I decided it was a good place to start.

Now, ladies and gents, I need some recommendations. I know people post about them and such, but since I never really listened to audiobooks I did not keep the best notes. If you could offer some suggestions, that would be great!

Next week I will resume talking about music...

22 comments:

  1. Excellent first choice! I still need to read Ready Player One, but if the audio is narrated by Wil Wheton then I might give that a shot.

    I'd recommend anything by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Tony Robinson. Hilarity ensues.

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    1. Yes, I chose it because I had heard such good things and I really wanted to read the book anyway.

      My library has nothing in audio by Pratchett. :( I am thinking I need to explore Audible a bit.

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  2. I'm afraid I don't have any recommendations to give. I really need to give audiobooks another shot myself. Didn't have much luck with the few I tried, but I have a feeling I just wasn't choosing the right books for me, you know?

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    1. I just have a hard time paying attention. If I am doing something else at the same time I have moments where I am not even really listening any more. It is an interesting experience so far!

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  3. I've heard good things about Ready Player One -- hope it's awesome!

    I just discovered audiobooks myself and have listened to probably 10 or so since the fall. My favorites so far are Backseat Saints and Between, Georgia, both written and narrated by Joshilyn Jackson. If you enjoy Southern fiction, they're hilarious -- but with lots of heart! Jackson's narration is excellent.

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    1. Ready Player One is great so far!

      My big problem is tracking down audio books. I am a bit disappointed with my library and will have to branch out from there.

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  4. Ready Player One is an excellent one!! I'm trying to draft up some mini-reviews of audiobooks for tomorrow, but in case I don't I'd recommend listening to the Percy Jackson books. I think you've read a few of them? If you like non-fiction, Unbroken was phenomenal. I also really liked At Home by Bill Bryson but it was a lot of information. Maybe some Jon Kraukauer? I really like audiobooks for non-fiction.

    Can't wait to see what you think!

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    1. I have heard really good things about the audio for Unbroken. I wish the library had it! I will look into audible one of these days... I have At Home by Bryson in hardcover. I still haven't read it... Thanks for the suggestions!

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  5. Yea? Do you like Wheaton's voice? I can't decide if I find him irritating or not - he does on Big Bang Theory but I think he is supposed to.

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    1. Yes, he is not like he is on Big Bang Theory at all!

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  6. This book was so fun (I read it in print form). I'm sure the audio will be rocking!! I'd recommend the audio of Skippy Dies -- it is performed by a huge cast of Irish actors and actresses and was just amazing!! I fell in love with it.

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    1. The audio is rocking. I am really enjoying myself! I will have to look into Skippy Dies.

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  7. Lolita! It's heavy duty, but Jeremy Irons has the most spectacular voice.

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    1. I read Lolita ages ago but Jeremy Irons is worth listening to, so maybe a future reread...

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  8. Two of my favorite nonfiction audio books are Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and Undress Me in the Temple of Heave by Susan Jane Gilman. I listened to both in my car and they had be yelling like a crazy person at what was going on.

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    1. Nice! I will write those two down. :)

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  9. Turn of Mind by Alice LePlante and Middlesex by Eugenides are two of the best audio productions I've heard!! You also can't go wrong with Neil Gaiman's books ;) BTW, Gaiman has his own line of audiobooks on audible now and what I've heard so far is damn good!

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    1. Glad to hear it! I really want to read Turn of Mind and I am sure I will reread Middlesex one of these days!

      And yes, I really need to listen to some Gaiman!

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  10. I love re-listening? American Gods narrated by George Guidall. It's such an amazing book on audio. I don't know if you're read Game of Thrones but I'm listening to it on audio and reading it in print. The narrator, Roy Dotrice, is fantastic. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a good audio. Of course anything narrated by Neil Gaiman is worth listening to. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is one of my favorite audios. I listen to the U.K. Version, which is narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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    1. I started American Gods last year, but since we shared the player it got sort of messed up and I didn't get a chance to get back to it. Now that I have one just for audiobooks I will have to try again! I think I still have it... Great list, thanks!

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  11. I just read Ready Player One and loved it!!!

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    1. I am really enjoying listening to it so far!

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