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Dishing with Dee….for the love of audiobooks

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Its hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to audiobooks – I think its probably been a good ten years now. I originally started listening to them when I had long drives to visit family in Michigan (driving from Virginia makes it about a 12-16 hour drive depending on where I was in the state at a given time). Mostly it was due to my fustration of trying to find a new/decent radio station to listen to every 100 miles or so, only to have said radio station fizzle out an hour or so later.

Fast forward to current day and between my daily commute into work (anywhere from 40min to 1.5 hours one way…thank you DC traffic), to working in an open workspace office (you know the kind where there are 10 people in each work segment with no real division between them), audiobooks are probably responsible for me still being sane (or as sane as you can be in a situation like this). I find they let me get lost in my world of data analysis and data inputing, as well as kinda of controlling my road rage (if you’ve ever driven in DC you know what I am talking about).

Listening to audiobooks has always pushing my reading/listening boundaries – I have discovered over the years that I am more willing to give a new author a try in the audiobook realm if its narrated by someone I have enjoyed in the past (people like Phil Gigante, Simon Vance, Xe Sands and my new favorite, RC Bray). Plus listening to audiobooks make me feel like I can enjoy my favorite hobby at all hours of the day and not just when I am at home and able to sneak in a page or two.

What about your guys – do you listen to audiobooks? If yes, do you have a favorite narrator or book? What would you recommend to a newbie?


Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Dishing with Dee



2015 Audies Finalist Watch

Credit: Erin Cosyn - Tattle

Credit: Erin Cosyn – Tattle

Ok, yes, this is where I show my complete audiobook dorkiness. Over the last few years, I have had a great time listening to and picking *MY* winners for the various Audie categories. The Audies are the annual awards hosted by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) that recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. And while I haven’t always agreed with the nominees (hello, Nicholas Sparks is NOT romance); for the most part, they make me diversify my listening and get me out of my comfort zone.

However, today is the big day when the nominations for each category are announced, which means, its almost time for the Armchair Audies.

I’ll be checking back in during the day to post the nominations for each category as I see them annouced, so stay tuned 😉

Anne Manx and the Blood Chase – Larry Weiner; Narrated by Claudia Christian, Moira Kelly, Patricia Tallman, with full cast
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright; Narrated by Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson
Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson; Narrated by Terence Aselford, Kimberly Gilbert, David Jourdan and a full cast
The Swords of Riverside – Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman; Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren, Dion Graham, Simon Jones, et al.
Under Drake’s Flag – G.A. Henty; Narrated by Brian Blessed

not my fathers sonAUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
Daring: My Passages – Gail Sheehy; Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Living on Air – Joe Cipriano and Ann Cipriano; Narrated by Joe Cipriano
My Life in Middlemarch – Rebecca Mead; Narrated by Kate Reading
Not My Father’s Son – Alan Cumming; Narrated by Alan Cumming
Yes Please – Amy Poehler; Narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner

#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso; Narrated by Sara Jes Austell
Creativity, Inc – Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace; Narrated by Peter Altschuler
A More Beautiful Question – Warren Berger; Narrated by Michael Quinlan
Playing to Win – A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin; Narrated by L.J. Ganser
Like TED – Carmine Gallo; Narrated by Carmine Gallo

hero's guideCHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8– 12
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind– Tutt
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – Christopher Healy; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
How to Catch a Bogle – Catherine Jinks; Narrated by Mandy Williams
A Snicker of Magic – Natalie Lloyd; Narrated by Cassandra Morris
Unstoppable Octobia May – Sharon G. Flake; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

Deep in the Swamp – Donna M. Bateman; Narrated by Tom Chapin
Follow, Follow – Marilyn Singer; Narrated by Marilyn Singer & Joe Morton
H.O.R.S.E. – Christopher Myers; Narrated by Christopher Myers and Dion Graham
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker – Patricia Hruby Powell; Narrated by Lizan Mitchell
This Is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen; Narrated by John Keating
Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter – Beatrix Potter; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Andersonville – MacKinlay Kantor; Narrated by Grover Gardner
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote; Narrated by Michael C. Hall
Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil – W.E.B. Du Bois; Narrated by Bernard K. Addison, Dion Graham, Lisa Renee Pitts, Bahni Turpin, and Mirron Willis
The New York Stories – John O’Hara; Narrated by E.L. Doctorow, Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol, and Dallas Roberts
The Odyssey – Homer/Robert Fitzgerald; Narrated by Dan Stevens

Alpha – Jasinda Wilder; Narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne
Beauty from Love – Georgia Cates; Narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black
Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates; Narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black
Carter Reed – Tijan; Narrated by Lucy Rivers
One Dom to Love – Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl; Narrated by Christian Fox

Cress – Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler
The Emperor’s Blades – Brian Staveley; Narrated by Simon Vance
Hawk – Steven Brust; Narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark
The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson; Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer

five and twenty fivesFICTION
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr; Narrated by Zach Appelman
Fives and Twenty Fives – Michael Pitre; Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, Fajer Al-Kaisi and Michael Pitre
The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd; Narrated by Sue Monk Kidd, Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye
Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton
Us – David Nicholls; Narrated by David Haig
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter

The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin; Narrated by Edward Herrmann
Enduring Courage – John F. Ross; Narrated by Edward Herrmann
Enemy Coast Ahead – Uncensored – Guy Gibson; Narrated by Simon Vance
In the Kingdom of Ice – Hampton Sides; Narrated by Arthur Morey
Lincoln’s Gamble – Todd Brewster; Narrated by Todd Brewster
A Spy Among Friends РBen Macintyre; Afterword by John Le Carr̩; Narrated by John Lee

Ben Franklin: Unplugged – Josh Kornbluth; Narrated by Josh Kornbluth
The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell; Narrated by Greg Sestero
Food: A Love Story – Jim Gaffigan; Narrated by Jim Gaffigan
God Is Disappointed in You – Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler; Narrated by James Urbaniak
Yes Please – Amy Poehler; Narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner
You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty – Dave Barry; Narrated by Dave Barry

The Auschwitz Escape – Joel C. Rosenberg; Narrated by Christopher Lane
Chasing the Lion – Nancy Kimball; Narrated by Joseph Narducci
The Christmas Light – Donna VanLiere; Narrated by Donna VanLiere
The First Phone Call from Heaven – Mitch Albom; Narrated by Mitch Albom
Grounded – Angela Correll; Narrated by Lyssa Browne
A Sensible Arrangement – Tracie Peterson; Narrated by Barbara McCulloh

Before Amen – Max Lucado; Narrated by Ben Holland
Living a Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream – Ben Lesser; Narrated by Ben Lesser and Jonathan Silverman
Prepared for a Purpose – Antoinette Tuff; Narrated by Robin Miles
The Singer and the Song – Miriam Therese Winter; Narrated by Janis Ian
Steel Will – Shilo Harris; Narrated by Johnny Heller

The Copernicus Complex – Caleb Scharf; Narrated by Caleb Scharf
The Marshmallow Test – Walter Mischel; Narrated by Alan Alda
A Primate’s Memoir – Robert M. Sapolsky; Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
The Second Machine Age – Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee; Narrated by Jeff Cummings
When Google Met Wikileaks – Julian Assange; Narrated by Tom Pile

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell; Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, and Anna Bentinck
Euphoria – Lily King; Narrated by Simon Vance and Xe Sands
Nora Webster – Colm Tóibín; Narrated by Fiona Shaw
The Patrick Melrose Novels – Edward St. Aubyn; Narrated by Alex Jennings
An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine; Narrated by Suzanne Toren
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? – Dave Eggers; Narrated by MacLeod Andrews with Marc Cashman, Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, Rebecca Lowman, John H. Mayer, Kate McGregor– Stewart, and Bruce Turk

The Anatomy Lesson – Nina Siegal; Narrated by Adam Alexi– Malle, Peter Altschuler, Emma Jayne Appleyard, Hannah Curtis, Gildart Jackson, Bruce Mann, Steve West
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind– Tutt
Land of Love and Drowning – Tiphanie Yanique; Narrated by Cherise Boothe, Korey Jackson, Rachel Leslie, Myra Lucretia Taylor
A Long Time Gone – Karen White; Narrated by Susan Bennett, Jennifer Ikeda, and Pilar Witherspoon
The Sixteenth of June – Maya Lang; Narrated by Julia Whelan, Will Damron, and MacLeod Andrews
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian – Janis Ian (editor), Mike Resnick; Narrated by Janis Ian, Emily Rankin, Gabrielle du Cuir, John Rubinstein, Kathe Mazur, Kristoffer Tabori, Paul Boehmer, Sile Bermingham, Stefan Rudnicki and Susan Hanfield

The Dead Will Tell – Linda Castillo; Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
Hounded – David Rosenfelt; Narrated by Grover Gardner
Malice – Keigo Higashino; Narrated by Jeff Woodman
Missing You – Harlan Coben; Narrated by January LaVoy
Rag – Bruce DeSilva; Narrated by Jeff Woodman
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith; Narrated by Robert Glenister

A Fighting Chance– written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities– written and narrated by Herbie Hancock
Not My Father’s Son– written and narrated by Alan Cumming
What I Know For Sure– written and narrated by Oprah Winfrey
Yes Please– written and narrated by Amy Poehler, with Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner

Being Mortal – Atul Gawande; Narrated by Robert Petkoff
Deep Down Dark РH̩ctor Tobar; Narrated by Henry Leyva
Boys – Michael Lewis; Narrated by Dylan Baker
Furious Cool – David Henry and Joe Henry; Narrated by Dion Graham
The Innovators – Walter Isaacson; Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
Unruly Places – Alastair Bonnett; Narrated by Derek Perkins

The Child – Sebastian Fitzek; Narrated by Rupert Penry– Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis
Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book – Adele Park; Narrated by Garry Morris, Andra Harbold, Lesley Mendenhall, Abby Elvidge, Rhett Guter, Melissa Sandberg, Kent Hayes, Jack de Golia, Steve Campbell
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark – A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; Narrated by Richard Armitage
Mandela: An Audio History – Nelson Mandela; Narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman
Transparent: Behind the Scenes; Narrated by Jeffrey Tambor

Bad Kitty Christmas Storytime Set – Nick Bruel; Package Design by Margo Goody
The Hall; from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Package Design by Cindy Belinfanti;
Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children® Series – Collector’s Edition
– Jean M. Auel; Package Design by Kathlyn Miller
Light at the End – Nicholas Briggs; Package Design by Alex Mallinson
Under Drake’s Flag – G.A. Henty; Package Design by Steve Tyrrell/Tyrrell Creative

girl of all giftsPARANORMAL
Damoren – Seth Skorkowsky; Narrated by R.C. Bray
The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey; Narrated by Finty Williams
Pleasure of a Dark Prince – Kresley Cole; Narrated by Robert Petkoff
A Second Chance – Jodi Taylor; Narrated by Zara Ramm
Suffer the Children – Craig Dilouie; Narrated by R.C. Bray
Yesterday’s Gone, Season One – Sean Platt, David Wright; Narrated by R.C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, Ray Chase, Maxwell Glick, Tamara Marston

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success – Steve Harvey; Narrated by Mike Hodge
Autism Breakthrough – Raun K. Kaufman; Narrated by Raun K. Kaufman
Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey – Calvin Sandborn; Narrated by Michael Puttonen
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s – Joanne Koenig Coste; Narrated by Pam Ward
Strong Mothers, Strong Sons – Meg Meeker MD; Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
What I Know For Sure – Oprah Winfrey; Narrated by Oprah Winfrey

burn for meROMANCE
The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller; Narrated by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale;
Burn for Me – Ilona Andrews; Narrated by Renee Raudman
First Love – James Patterson; Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
Just This Once – Rosalind James; Narrated by Claire Bocking
Rumor Has It – Jill Shalvis; Narrated by Karen White

The Beam: Season 1 – Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant; Narrated by Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Eric Martin, Brian Holsopple, Rachel Fulginiti, Stephen Bowlby, and Emily Woo Zeller
Dark Eden – Chris Beckett; Narrated by Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, Hannah Curtis, Robert Hook, Bruce Mann, Nicholas Guy Smith, and Heather Wilds
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North; Narrated by Peter Kenny
Lock In – John Scalzi; Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, and a full cast
The Martian – Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel; Narrated by Jane Carr
Dangerous Women – George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois; Narrated by Claudia Black, Scott Brick, Karen Dotrice, Jonathan Frakes, Iain Glen, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Inna Korobkina, Jenna Lamia, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Maggi
– Meg Reed, Fred Sanders, Allan Scott– Douglas, Sophie Turner, Harriet Walter, Jake Weber
Faceoff; Edited by David Baldacci. Written by Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, F. Paul Wilson; Narrated by Dylan Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Gerroll, January LaVoy, with David Baldacci
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths – Bernard Evslin; Narrated by Todd Haberkorn
The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories – R. A. Salvatore; Narrated by Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Greg Gurnberg, Melissa Rauch, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Tom Felton, David Duchovny, Ice T, and Wil Wheaton
The Wily O’Reilly: Irish Country Stories – Patrick Taylor; Narrated by John Keating

Boston Jacky – L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Life Drawing – Robin Black; Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Murphy’s Law – Rhys Bowen; Narrated by Nicola Barber
Until the End of the World – Sarah Lyons Fleming; Narrated by Julia Whelan
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter
Yellow Crocus – Laila Ibrahim; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark – A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; Narrated by Richard Armitage
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – Christopher Healy; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
The Martian – Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray
Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton
The Other Story – Tatiana de Rosnay; Narrated by Simon Vance
Radiance of Tomorrow – Ishmael Beah; Narrated by Dion Graham

impossible knifeTEENS
The Accidental Highwayman – Ben Tripp; Narrated by Steve West
Boston Jacky – L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Cress – Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Curtsies and Conspiracies – Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk
Egg & Spoon – Gregory Maguire; Narrated by Michael Page
The Impossible Knife of Memory – Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels

The Avengers, Lost Episodes Vol 1: Hot Snow; Adapted by John Dorney; Narrated by Various
Dead Six – Larry Correia and Mike Kupari; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
In the Morning I’ll Be Gone – Adrian McKinty; Narrated by Gerard Doyle
The Lost Key – Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison; Narrated by Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews
Those Who Wish Me Dead – Michael Koryta; Narrated by Robert Petkoff
Wayfaring Stranger James Lee Burke; Narrated by Will Patton


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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Armchair Audies


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Armchair Audies 2014

Armchair Audies

I had so much fun listening to the various books nominated for the Audie Awards next year that I decided (prior to the release of nominations), that I wanted to participate again and that I would likely do the romance category again. But that being said, when the nominees were announced, I was kind of disappointed in the nominations. Looking at the nominees garnered as interesting selection of books, two of which I may have trouble understanding because they are books 10 in series where I have only read up to book 5 in one and hadn’t even started the other; one by an author I don’t particularly enjoy (and debate whether he actually falls into the romance category or one); one book I had already read and one book that i’m actually interested in listening to…so all in all, I’m feeling a bit ehh going into my listen.

The nominees for an Audie in the Romance Audiobook Category are:

The Darkest Craving – Gena Showalter; Narrated by Max Bellmore
For My Lady’s Heart – Laura Kinsale; Narrated by Nicholas Boulton
Kissing under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas – Bella Andre; Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
The Longest Ride -Nicholas Sparks; Narrated by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
The Wanderer – Robyn Carr; Narrated by Therese Plummer

I will admit that while I’m ambivalent about the books themselves, I’m looking forward to checking out the narrators, many of who are new to me. So it will be an interesting listening season.

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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Armchair Audies


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2013 Armchair Audies – Multi-voiced Performance

Armchair Audies

Since I finished up my first category of nominations for the 2013 Armchair Audies (romance) and there was still a month and a bit before winners are to be annouced (sometime in May, I finished my category up in mid-April). I decided to take a look through the other categories and find one that no one was writing on and see if I could fit those books in prior to the announcement of the winners. I was surprised to see that there were several categories not being represented, and so I opted to do the Multi-Voice Performance Category. This is something totally new to me, I have listened to books with multiple narrators before (normally 2 or 3 – or in the case of The Help, 4). But never to the extend of the books that are being recognized in this category.

The nominations for this category are:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, and James Adams

My Awesome-Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky
Narrated by Seth Rudetsky, Andrea Burns, Paul Castree, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Gad, Ana Gasteyer, Megan Hilty, Marc Kudisch, Will Swenson, and James Wesley

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman
Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, and Christina Traister

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, Joe Hurley, Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan, and Neil Gaiman

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories by Etgar Keret
Translated by Nathan Englander (translator), Miriam Shlesinger (translator), and Sondra Silverston (translator)
Narrated by Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, Gary Shteyngart, Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson, Nicole Krauss, and Josh Radnor

That Is All written by John Hodgman
Narrated by Dick Cavett, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Sarah Vowell, Brooke Shields, Scott Adsit, Robin Goldwasser, Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, Rachel Maddow, Wyatt Cenac, Stephen Fry, Paul F. Tompkins, and Prominent Ragnarok Denier Dr. Elliott Kalan

Initial Thoughts:
It was interesting to see the wide variety of genres presented here, from the classic Dracula to a book of poetry (October Mourning). I was also interested to see that for two of the books, the authors played a role in the narration. I’m looking forward to broadening my reading boundaries and listening to these books.

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Armchair Audies


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The Armchair Audies – Romance – Summary

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Armchair Audies

Last week, I finished listening to the last book that was nominated for the Romance category for the Audie Awards. As a quick recap, the nominees were:

Don’t Cry for Me, written by Sharon Sala, Narrated by Kathe Mazur, Produced by Audible,Inc.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, written by Jennifer Ashley, Narrated by Angela Dawe, Produced by Tantor Media
Never Seduce a Scot, written by Maya Banks, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, Produced by Tantor Media
Scandalous Desires, written by Elizabeth Hoyt, Narrated by Ashford MacNab, Produced by Hachette Audio
The Witness, written by Nora Roberts, Narrated by Julia Whelan, Produced by Brilliance Audio

Overall, I found the nominees to be a good representation of the genre as it currently stands. Quite a bit of historical romance, but with a good romantic suspense, and a serial romance to round out the category. I’ve written reviews of each of the books nominated, but my general thoughts were:

The Witness – really liked Whedon’s narration of Robert’s book and it was one of my favorites by her recently. Definately a strong contender to be the winner.
Don’t Cry For Me – Unfortunately, Kathe Mazur’s (a narrator that I normally enjoy) couldn’t quite make up for a weak plot. This was probably the weakest book out of all the nominations for me.
Scandalous Desires – I have to admit that I was expecting a male narrator with a name like Ashford McNab – but enjoyed her narration. I found her Irish accent very strong and intriguing.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – this was a re-read/listen for me – but I don’t remember that much about my initial read, so I found it enjoyable. I liked Dawe’s narration and her scottish burr was pleasantly surprising, sometimes they are hit or miss with narrators.
Never Seduce a Scot – I really enjoyed this narration, although I think that Potter’s weakness is her male voices – I found that they just started to blend together and there wasn’t anything really distinctive. While not the weakest narration, I wouldn’t place it as a forerunner.

When I sit down and consider my listening experience with each of the books, the narration, the story in general and my overall enjoyment – I would rating them in the following order/prediction for winning:

1. The Witness
2/3. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie/Scandalous Desires
4. Never Seduce A Scot
5. Don’t Cry For Me

But I look forward to seeing what the official committee thinks when the awards are announced.


Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Audiobook Review


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2013 Armchair Audies – Romance

Armchair Audies

What are the Armchair Audies?
The Armchair Audies are run by Jennifer over at the The Literate Housewife where all of us audiobook listeners can have an opportunity to listen to and review the audiobooks that have been nominated for the Audies. The Audies (for those who haven’t heard of them) are the annual awards for the audiobook community – similar to the Oscars, but on a much smaller scale.

The nominations were announced for the various categories this past week and I am excited to listen and review the ones that were nominated for the Romance category.

The nominees for Romance Novels in Audiobook form were:
Don’t Cry for Me, written by Sharon Sala, Narrated by Kathe Mazur, Produced by Audible,Inc.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, written by Jennifer Ashley, Narrated by Angela Dawe, Produced by Tantor Media
Never Seduce a Scot, written by Maya Banks, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, Produced by Tantor Media
Scandalous Desires, written by Elizabeth Hoyt, Narrated by Ashford MacNab, Produced by Hachette Audio
The Witness, written by Nora Roberts, Narrated by Julia Whelan, Produced by Brilliance Audio

Of these nominations, I have only read one before (The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie) and 3 of the 5 narrators are new to me (Kathe Mazur and Julia Whelan have been on my previous listens list – Kathe for her narration of a couple books in Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series and Julia Whelan for her narration of Amy in Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)).

Over the next couple of months, until the announcement of the winners on May 30, I will be listening and reviewing these audiobooks. So stay tuned and look for the Armchair Audie logo at the top of the review.

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Armchair Audies


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Winners of the Read or Listen First Audiobook Giveaway!

Thanks to Randy the Randomizer ;), all the participants names were entered into the drawing and the following 3 people were lucky enough to win an audiobook.

1. Brenda
2. Samantha
3. Michelle Bilbrey Angulo

Please email me at and let me know your prioritized order for the following audiobooks that I have for a giveaway. I will do my best to get you the book that you want.

A Lady Cyclists Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Joinson – read by Susan Duerden
Catch of the Day – Kristin Higgins – read by Xe Sands
Reaper’s Justice – Sarah McCarty – read by Kathe mazur


Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Musings


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