Summer Giveaway Blog Hop

01 Aug

2nd Annual Summer Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mary from Bookhounds and Forever Young (Adult)

I can’t believe that the end of Summer is rapidly approaching, although, after surviving without AC for 3 weeks while DC was hit with a heat wave wasn’t fun. It was even too hot to read at one point – my brain felt like it was going to turn into much. But, moving on, let’s celebrate with a giveaway.

Being as it was so hot here the last few weeks and I didn’t want to read, I found that audiobooks were a great way to stay engaged without mush-ifying my brain too much (and i’m declaring mush-ifying a word…). So my giveaway has to do with audiobooks

Comment below to win by answering this question…Have you ever listened to an audiobook? And if yes, which one was your favorite and why? (I’m always looking for new recommendations).

The giveaway is open to everyone (US and International). The winner of the giveaway can choose any audiobook of their choice (up to $40 value) from Audible (Account Required – Geographic Restrictions may apply); Tantor Audio or Brilliance Audio

Click Here to see what other blogs are participating for a chance to win other goodies


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125 responses to “Summer Giveaway Blog Hop

  1. jennrenee

    August 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Oh I love audio books. I think lately my fave has been I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      I’ve never heard of this book or author – runs off to check GR πŸ˜‰

  2. The Ramblings of a Demented Mind

    August 1, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I’ve never listened to an audio book before. But I’d love to try!

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Good luck πŸ˜‰

  3. Natasha

    August 1, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I have never listened to an audio book before. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      No problem – good luck! I have been tagging my audiobook reviews as such, so if you want recommendations feel free to check them out.

  4. Mystica

    August 1, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I’ve only listened to one book and that was an Agatha Christie.

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I’ve never listened to Agatha Christie – but one of my GR friends was working her way through the audiobooks – I might have to check her out

  5. Jenese @ Readers Confession

    August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    No, I haven’t read any audio books but am interested. Always worry that I get a horrible narrator and wont like the book. Lol

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I had that worry at first as well – and for everyone it is different, there are narrators that I love that others hate and vice versa – you just have to figure out your likes/dislikes

  6. Denise Glazier

    August 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    yes I have – forget the titles but Joyce Meyers is one of them

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      I’ve never heard of her but I’ll have to check her out

  7. IaniIani

    August 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, I have listened to some audiobooks, but not a lot. My favorite are probably Shatter me or Ready Player One. Just because the narrators did a great job and because I loved the story !

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Ready Player One (adds it to the pile)

  8. Caroline

    August 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve listened to a few – some notably good ones are the Hunger Games Series and Gimme A Call, by Sarah Mlynowski

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I loved the Hunger Games narration – I thought Carolyn McCormick did a great job

  9. jennirv4967

    August 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve listed to a few audio books. I enjoyed the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Diana’s series narrated by the awesome Davina Porter is probably my favorite of all-time – Davina has done several interviews on it and learning to speak Gaelic – I’ve yet to listen to anything else she has narrated though, so I’m looking forward to that

  10. zaraalexis

    August 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve never actually had the privilege of listening to an audio book before. If I win, this will be my first time! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      I love introducing people to audiobooks πŸ˜‰ Good Luck!!

  11. Krista

    August 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I love to listen to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich and the In Death series by JD Robb.

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      I love the In Death series – I’m up to book 17 I think – I bought the entire backlist when audible had the sale a month or so ago – they were all 7.95 each…only listened to the first Stephanie Plum – I liked Critt’s narration, not so sure about the story and if I will continue though

  12. Allison Gardner

    August 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    My daughter left NOVA & is spending the summer with me.I need a good book to read.

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      I always need good books to read – regardless of the fact that I have 3 bookshelves full of unread or partially read books at home…what have you enjoyed in the past – maybe I can help πŸ˜‰

  13. WordsAndPeace

    August 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I always have an audiobook going on, and have listened to 9 so far this year. My best in July was In The Garden of Beasts review here:
    And my best in 2012 was The Forgotten Garden, review here: to see why.
    thanks for the generous giveaway.
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      i have In the Garden of Beasts on the to-listen pile – I think i have a challenge in the next month where I need a book set in Germany – so i’m going to hold off…I’ll have to check out The Forgotten Garden as well (that’s Kate Morton right?)

      • WordsAndPeace

        August 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        I also listened to the Garden of Beasts for a reading challenge needing something in Germany!
        Yes, the Forgotten Garden is by Kate Morton, at her best. see my review. Amazing book really, great narrator

      • Dee

        August 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        i’ve never heard of Caroline Lee – I’ll have to check her out – i’m going an audiobook challenge in one of my GR groups and the goal is to listen to as many new narrators as possible – there was a cap on 2 narrations by each person for the level I am doing, so I have found lots of new favorites

  14. bookhounds

    August 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks so much for participating. I have shared this on facebook and twitter.

    Your CoHost!

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Its fun and I really hope people come back and read my blog in the future πŸ˜‰

  15. jilltrav

    August 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I have never listened to an Audiobook. I LOVE reading so much that I am afraid that it would take away most of the fun. I dont want to waste money by trying one and find out that it was awful!

    jill (dot) watkins (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      I was the same about audiobooks originally, but then i started having some long drives to do and got tired of finding a new radio station every 100 miles or so – so I checked an audiobook out of the library and I was hooked. Now, I have a daily commute of 2-3 hours, and there is only so much radio you can listen to…audiobooks help me keep my sanity

  16. Elizabeth

    August 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks from the library. My favorite is usually the one I’m currently listening to! But the one I can’t forget is “Travels with Charley” narrated by Gary Sinise. It was amazing.

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Haha – on the favorite being the current one you are listening to πŸ˜‰

      I was always skeptical about stars reading books, but lately i’ve listened to both Ellen DeGeneres and Alan Alda narrate books and I see that audible is starting to release various classics with actors doing the narration, so I’ll have to check some more out. i’m going to add Travels with Charley to the list though – thanks

  17. Mariee

    August 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I just recently started listening to audiobooks, and now I’m completely hooked! One of my favorites is On Thin ice by Anne Stuart.

    • Dee

      August 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I haven’t listened to On Thin Ice – but I really liked her House of Rohan series narrated by Susan Erickson. I just saw that Xe Sands did On Thin Ice – she is one of my new favorites

  18. Stephanie

    August 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I’ve never tried to listen to an audiobook. I’ve always wanted to try, but I’m not even allowed to get a hardcover book. This is a great chance! Thanks so much for the giveaway. I’m sorry about the heat wave though. I remember what it was like in Texas after a hurricane hit. It was awful I just wanted to lay down and didn’t even want to catch up on reading.

    • Dee

      August 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Hopefully if you win, we can find you something good to listen to for the first time πŸ˜‰

  19. lollibean

    August 2, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I haven’t ever listened to an audiobook, I have this fear that I’ll get too easily distracted and they’re extremely expensive when I convert it to my currency. I would love the to listen to one though so I’ll probably borrow it from my local library. Thanks for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

    • Dee

      August 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

      yeah, the cost is a bit prohibitive – I’m lucky enough to have an audible account that saves me some money – plus a huge selection at my library

  20. erma

    August 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I have never listened to an autobook

    • Dee

      August 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      ohh another newbie to convert πŸ˜‰

  21. disincentive

    August 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I have, one classic attached to a magazine. I don’t buy audiobooks because they are so freaking expensive! But my dad sometimes gifts them to my mom when she’s travelling.

    • Dee

      August 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      That is true – have you seen the YA Audiobook program that is run each summer? It pairs a new release with a classic that is similar and they are both available for a free download for a week – I got The Hunger Games this way – Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the free download this week (in the US), along with A Tale of Two Cities (US and International)

  22. Ashley Chen

    August 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I definitely have! I have Graceling’s audiobook. πŸ˜€

    • Dee

      August 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I started listening to Fire in audiobook at kept getting distracted, but I want to try again with it and Bitterblue – I read Graceling the old fashioned way

  23. carolee888

    August 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love audio books. I can combine two of my hobbies that way. I can listen to a book and do a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle!


    • Dee

      August 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I have to admit, I’ve never tried doing that

  24. Cricket

    August 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

    oh yes, all the time. My favorite would have to be the Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye and of course the Harry Potter series.

    • Dee

      August 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      i’ve never heard of the Leven Thumps series, I’ll have to check it out

  25. DeeDee Griffin

    August 3, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I’ve just recently started listening to audiobooks to and from work and I love them! So far my favorite has been The Help.

    • Dee

      August 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I love the Help – it is probably in my Top 5 audiobooks of all time

  26. Kathy S

    August 3, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I love audiobooks. My very favorite was The Hatchet.

  27. Christina T

    August 3, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Yes, I love hearing audiobooks! Some of my favorites have been The Hunger Games triolgy, Song of Fire and Ice Series, Strange Angeles, Janet Evanovich books. They are great when you need to be hands free but still want to enjoy a good book!

    • Dee

      August 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      i have the first Song of Fire and Ice on the ipod, but i’m scared to start it

  28. redheadedbookworm

    August 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I have never listened to one. print or ebooks are just cheaper and right now, I have to go with what I have! I would love to try one though,. Thanks!
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

  29. wendy railey

    August 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I love audiobooks! Audible is great for iPod users. I have listened to soo many books through Audible. I suppose my favorite audible book to listen to so far was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness because it flowed really well and the narrator was good.

    • Dee

      August 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      I have Discovery of Witches on the pile – it has gotten good reviews from my friends who have listened and those who have read – now to find the time to listen πŸ˜‰

      • wendy railey

        August 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        You will love it! I recommend it to all my friends and they come back just raving about it. Let me know what you think when you finish it if you remember.

      • Dee

        August 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        oh i will – my problem right now is almost too many audiobooks, too little time…lol!

  30. Gabbie

    August 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    The only audiobook i’ve listened to was for school

    • Dee

      August 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      I never got to listen to audiobooks in school, but I know that it is something my mom’s school is trying with kids who struggle with reading

  31. MostlyMisha

    August 4, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I’ve never listened to an audiobook~ but, I think I’d love it! I buy them for my dad all the time because he’s a trucker and he loves them. Maybe I should borrow some! I also enjoy listening to those radio book reading theater things~ which.. I assume are sort like audiobooks? Ah~ anyhow! Thanks for the giveaway~<3

    • Dee

      August 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      you sure! i’ve never really listened to the dramatizations of plays, but lots of people I know like them

  32. andalene

    August 4, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Have never listened to one – I always think I will…not had the opportunity lately.

    • Dee

      August 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      well, hopefully you’ll win and will get the opportunity

  33. Ricki

    August 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I love audio books! I am currently listening to Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, but my favorite is probably Lunatics by Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel (sp?)

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Elizabeth George – i’ll have to add her to the pile

  34. Jackie Reini

    August 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I have never listened to audio books, but I would love to start and use them instead of music when I am walking or on the treadmill.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I find them great for the treatmill – i tend to get lost easier in an audiobook than I do in music

  35. Stephanie

    August 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    My husband loves audiobooks and has gotten me into them. I prefer to use this method to re-read some of my favorite series, especially before a new book, movie, or even TV season comes out. My favorite books on audio have to be the Harry Potter and Rachel Morgan (by Kim Harrison) series. This is not only because they are two of my favorite series, but because the readers, Jim Dale and Marguerite Gavin (she reads all but one of the Rachel books), do such a fantastic job with the books.

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I keep hearing good things about Rachel Morgan (like I need to start another series!) I totally agree with the re-reads, i’m doing a re-listen to the Anne of Green Gables books now and the narration just brings it to life

  36. Vicki

    August 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    What an awesome thing to giveaway!
    I’ve just recently started listening to audio books.
    My favorite so far is David Sedaris – Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I remember liking that one when I listened to it

  37. Melissa Bourn (@MelCamino5)

    August 5, 2012 at 2:57 am

    My favorite was “The Adventures of Huck Finn.” I loved listening to it in the original form it was intended by Mark Twain before PC hit the it.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      i’ve never read or listened to Huck Finn, but i need to – maybe next year because I am going to try and keep my goal of 1 classic a month

  38. Anary

    August 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Never heard an Audio Book but would love to. πŸ™‚

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Fingers crossed πŸ˜‰

  39. MaijaS

    August 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Yes, I have. My favorite is Supernaturally, because the voices made were really funny in lots of jokes. Just interesting! πŸ™‚

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      I’ve never heard of Supernaturally, I’ll have to check it out

  40. debbie

    August 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I love listening to audiobooks. The problem is I have only had a couple. I would love to have more to listen to. I liked Dracula to listen to.

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      I was supposed to listen to Dracula a few months ago but got distracted – will have to try again

  41. corey

    August 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I haven’t – wouldn’t mind though – my commute is 40min one way. It just never really occurred to me.

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      I’m the same, my commute is between 60 and 80 minutes one way, traffic depending and i’m not a fan of the various DC radio stations

  42. Stacy R

    August 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    My favorite audio book was Laced by Carol Higgins Clark. I love all types of books and have found that when driving from WV to KS they are a great way to pass the time.

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      they do – I have a couple of long drives coming up and i’m already scooping out some good listens

  43. alicia marie

    August 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I don’t listen to audiobooks a lot, but I’ve loved all the jennifer weiner ones i’ve listened to. My most favorite is zombies vs unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier. It had me laughing a lot and had awesome readers/narrators, [whatever those people are called] : )

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Jennifer Weiner books, but never read or listened – do you have any recommendations on where to start?

  44. alterlisa

    August 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    The Harry Potter books are the only audio books I’ve listen but as my daughter and her new husband live 3 hours away, I expect to listen to many more

    • Dee

      August 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      you are the second or third person to mention Harry Potter – I must need to check them out

  45. desitheblonde

    August 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

    yes i done them but not onmykindle i have book on tape for the death and then i listen tothem all the time nora rober book mosttly

    • Dee

      August 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

      I just got done listening to a Nora Roberts the other day – she is a comfort read/listen for me

  46. Markella

    August 6, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I’ve never listened to one but I want to!
    markella.whetzel AT

  47. BookAttict

    August 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I’ve listened to most of the In Death series by J.D. Robb on audio book and they’re hands-down my favorites!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    • Dee

      August 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      me too…I tried to read the first book several times and never finished it – up I’m addicted to the audiobooks

  48. Rabiah

    August 6, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I’ve listened to a bit of The Help. I had to learn the accent for a school play πŸ˜› Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

    • Dee

      August 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      I loved the Help – I’d never thought about using an audiobook for accent training

  49. Dovile

    August 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I haven’t listened to any audiobooks yet.

  50. mamabunny13

    August 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I have listened to Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews and I loved it. I can’t wait to listen to more audio books!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

    • Dee

      August 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I love the cover of this book – glad to hear the audiobook is good – I will have to add it to the pile

  51. Ashley Montgomery

    August 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I have never listened to an audiobook but I have seriously been considering it lately. I do a lot of my reading before bed and sometimes I wish I could just listen instead of actually have to read it.

  52. Gale Nelson

    August 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I have never listened to a audio book. Thanks for the giveaway

  53. Katie Amanda

    August 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Haven’t listened to one yet. I’d like to, though. I have a long commute to work! Thanks!

  54. micheal dale grim

    August 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    believe it or not but i have never listened to audio book before but would love to!!!

    • Dee

      August 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

      it seems lots of people have never listened – hopefully I’ll “corrupt” some of you

  55. Allie

    August 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I have never listened to an audio book before. Thank you for the giveaway!

  56. Stacy

    August 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I have never listened to an audio book before, but my iPod would be happy to have one.

    • Dee

      August 7, 2012 at 1:38 am

      I know my ipod loves getting audiobook gifts πŸ˜‰

  57. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks)

    August 7, 2012 at 4:12 am

    My favorite audiobooks are the Harry Potter series. Jim Dale does such a fabulous job with the voices.

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      you are the second person to recommend HP – maybe I should check them out

  58. Lona Stringer

    August 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I have not listened to an audio, but there is nothing more I would love than listening to my favorite book while stuck in traffic. Thx for giveaway

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      they definately make traffic more bearable

  59. mil

    August 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    THE HARRY POTTER AUDIOBOOKS BY Stephen fry are the best i’ve ever heard.

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      three votes for HP – i’m sensing a theme πŸ˜‰

  60. Maria pronounced Mariah

    August 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I have never listened to an actual audio book but I listen to my text to speech funtion on my kindle all the time while I am driving or folding laudry, etc. I am sure audio books are much better but they are so much more expensive.

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      i’ve never used my TTS on my kindle because I had done audiobooks prior

  61. Christy Maurer

    August 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, I listened to Sense and Sensiblity on Audio Book.

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I think I’ve listened to S&S – I know I have listened to some other Austen that way

  62. Denise Z

    August 8, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I really enjoy audiobooks when they are well narrated. It is a definite to me that a narrator will make it or break it. Some I have listened to that are awesome are the J.B. Beaumont series by J.A. Jance and I recently had the pleasure of listening to an audiobook from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, which I am still listening to and really enjoying. Thank you so much for your generous participation in this fun hop.

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I think I started listening to this series, but I only had book 6, and so I quit – maybe I should try again

  63. mizztara71

    August 8, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I haven’t listened to an audio book yet.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      fingers crossed

  64. AEKZ2

    August 8, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I love audiobooks. I listen to them during my commute to work. My favorite is the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, because it was a pretty good thriller.

    • Dee

      August 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I loved this series – simon vance is one of my favorite narrators – and it opened up my love of nordic mysteries – Fossum, thompson etc


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