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Audiobooks – Read first, then listen, or Listen only?

One of the things that has interested me in the past is how do people pick audiobooks that they listen to. Do they pick a favorite book and then listen to it? Or do they listen to a book without reading it first?

For me, I rarely listen to a book that I have read first. The one exception would be the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by the awesome Davina Porter.

I have tried to listen to other books I have previously read in the past, but unfortunately, none of the narrators have lived up to the voices that I had in my head for how the characters should sound. One particular example for me is the narration of Lisa Kleypas Hathaway series. I loved her Wallflower series, and at the time I tried to listen to the audiobook for the first book in the series, I had loved the Hathaway books. I managed to pick up book 1 at an audible sale (4.95 for various first in series books) and was excited to listen, but the voice of Cam (this rouge-ish Gypsy) just didn’t do it for me – he sounded too much like an uptight British toff…since then, I don’t think I have ever tried to listen to a book that I had previously read.

What about you guys? Do you often listen to books you have previously read?

Comment here for a chance to win an audiobook. Commenting will be open until the 25th. Re-tweet this post, link on your facebook etc and I’ll throw your name into the drawing multiple times ;)

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Musings

 

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June is Audiobook Month

Did you guys know that June is Audiobook month? Ok, so I’m a few days late in blogging about it, but since we’re still technically in the first week, i’m safe, right? lol!

I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, especially on my commute to and from work each day (hello, I-95 traffic in NoVA and Washington DC – yes, you suck!!). Some days for me, it can be anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours to get home at night and I would probably go insane if I had to listen to the radio the entire time (honestly, there is only so much hearing about how much traffic sucks in various places before you start feeling the first signs of road rage)…just kidding ;)

Anyways, I thought over the next month, as I try desperately to get caught up on all the reviews that I have pending for you guys (lots of audiobooks and print books), that I would also throw up a couple of random posts about audiobooks. And who knows, maybe there will be some prizes involved…but hey, you got to participate first ;)

If you are on twitter, look for the hashtags #JIAM or #JIAM2012 through-out the month to chat with me, as well as other audiobook listeners, and narrators.

Now for my first question – What was the first audiobook you ever listened to?

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Musings

 

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