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My Latest Bookish Addiction [17] – Audiobooks Give Me Life!

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Audiobooks… Again… Again! 

Audiobooks again again? What the heck does that mean?

Well, I’ve now posted about audiobooks being a bookish addiction twice now, so this is the third time but seriously. IT’S RELEVANT. I promise.

Because I went through all of my books that I’ve read so far this year and I’ve ready a grand total of… *drumroll please* 59! (Okay, at that number wasn’t big.)

But guess how many were audiobooks? 41. FOURTY-ONE BOOKS OUT OF FIFTY-NINE. That’s 70% audiobooks this year. What would I do without them!? No, seriously, what would I do? I would be listening to music while I work or drive, which is all well and good, but I would have read… 18 books this year? Huh!? That’s insane.

Audiobooks give me life. I’ve been sooooo busy with candles that I don’t have time to sit and read. I don’t have to read. Hell, I don’t have time to sit. So I listen to audiobooks while I do most things and THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. So yes, we’re talking about audiobooks for a third time here on this feature that I give little love to. Because we need to!

Instead of rehashing all the wonderful things about audiobooks, let’s skip straight to my favorites from this year!


THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne.
Narrated by Katie Schorr.
This book was so cute! I loved the tension between the characters, there was some serious snark and serious romance, and the overall feel was just fun! Katie Schorr’s voice is a little high-pitched but I actually thought it added a cuteness to the book, somehow!| Audible

AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson. 
Narrated by Suzy Jackson.
This was my second Morgan Matson book and I loved the balance between serious and fun. The story was great, I loved the music selections included, and the message was just lovely. I’ve listened to Suzy Jackson before and I like her voice for YA contemporary! | Audible

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. 
Narrated by Jim Dale. 
This was a re-read for me and it was even more magical the second time around! I adore Jim Dale and his narration. He just has that narrator’s voice!! | Audible

THE QUEEN’S THIEF SERIES by Megan Whelan Turner. 
Narrated by Steve West. 
I picked this up specifically because STEVE WEST. Sigh. I love his voice. But I also did want to read this series so I’m so glad I read it and binged! | Audible

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. 
Narrated by Steve West. 
Yeah, so? So what if I’ve listened to Steve West narrate like 8 books to me this year? What of it? But no, really. Laini Taylor’s books are just gorgeous and this may be my favorite read so far this year. | Audible

THE SHADES OF MAGIC TRILOGY by V.E. Schwab. 
Narrated by Steven Crossley (book one), Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (books two/three).
Part of the reason I wanted to read these books was because I wanted to listen to more Michael Kramer. I adore his narration and I always need more! The books were also very good haha! | Audible

And my favorite part of any audiobook, the Audible guy! “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program.” Don’t you just love him?


Of course I can’t let you go without making some recommendations. Last time I just threw out some audiobook recs but I’m digging a little deeper this time — audio beginner or master, there’s something here for everyone! 

FAVORITE NARRATORS

  • Steve West | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whelan Turner, The Crown’s Game duology be Evelyn Skye
  • Fiona HardinghamThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Jim Dale | Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  • MacLeod Andrews | Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Michael Kramer | The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab
  • Michael Page | The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
  • Neil Gaiman | The Graveyard Book and others by Neil Gaiman

CELEBRITY NARRATORS

  • Wil Wheaton | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Jesse Eisenberg | The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
  • Anne Hathaway | The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

MY AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Check out my audiobook list on Goodreads for even MORE recommendations or you can always comment or email me for recs! These are the ones I would start with but I’ve listened to a bunch more than I’ve also enjoyed! What audiobooks do YOU recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday – September 20, 2016: All About Audio

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
September 20, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About Audio! 

I accidentally jumped the gun on this topic a couple weeks ago when I posted about my favorite audiobook narrators (Rats!) so instead, for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to compile a sort of hodgepodge of my favorite audiobooks, narrators, and other things audio-related, except in threes instead of tens!

BY BOOK

MY TOP THREE WELL-KNOWN SERIES RECS

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale
  • The Magicians series by Lev Grossman | Read by
  • The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelai King

MY TOP THREE BRANDON SANDERSON READS/LISTENS (because I’ve read so many)

  • The Mistborn series | Read by Michael Kramer
  • The Reckoners Trilogy | Read by MacLeod Andrews
  • The Rithmatist | Read by Michael Kramer

THREE AUDIOBOOKS I DNFed WHOSE NARRATORS I ACTUALLY LIKED

  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

THREE SERIES I’VE RE-READ AS AUDIOBOOKS

  • Harry Potter
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • The Grisha Trilogy

THREE SERIES I BINGED AS AUDIOBOOKS

  • The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
  • The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

THREE BOOKS I HALF READ & HALF LISTENED

  • A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R.R. Martin
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (I couldn’t stop!)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (wanted to hurry up and read!)

MY TOP AUDIOBOOKS EVER

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

BY NARRATOR

MY TOP THREE NARRATORS WITH AN ACCENT

  • Michael Page
  • Jim Dale
  • Philip Battley

THREE SURPRISING NARRATOR CHOICES THAT TOTALLY WORKED

  • Will Patton for The Raven Cycle (old southern guy narrating a teen novel)
  • Michael Kramer for The Rithmatist (usually does adult audiobooks)
  • Jesse Eisenberg for The Curse Worker Trilogy (surprise celeb narrator)

MY TOP THREE MALE NARRATORS

  • MacLeod Andrews
  • Steve West
  • Michael Kramer

MY TOP THREE FEMALE NARRATORS

  • Julia Whelan
  • Jorjeana Marie
  • Lorelai King

MY TOP THREE CELEBRITY NARRATORS

  • Wil Wheaton
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Anne Hathaway

MY TOP THREE “AUTHORATORS” (AUTHORS WHO NARRATE THEIR OWN BOOKS)

  • Neil Gaiman | The Graveyard Book
  • Adriana Mather | How to Hang a Witch
  • Libba Bray | Beauty Queens

MY TOP FULL CAST/MORE THAN THREE NARRATOR RECORDINGS

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes

MY TOP THREE NARRATORS OVERALL

  • MacLeod Andrews
  • Wil Wheaton
  • Michael Kramer

Those are some of my audiobook favorites! It was actually really fun breaking them down into categories. I’ve never done that before!

11 Outstanding Audiobook Narrators

It’s no secret that I love listening to audiobooks. It was something that took me a little while to figure out because I had to realize that you can’t just pick up any old audiobook and narrator by chance. Once I found my groove of voices I liked to listen to, I essentially kept coming back to the same narrators and then after that, actively sought them out, even if it wasn’t a book that I was initially interested. What’s neat about that is that I got to have the audiobook experience as well as pick up a totally unique read that I might have otherwise missed!

I tend to fall a little bit in love with my audiobook narrators. Some narrators are just so pleasant to listen to that I look for books JUST because they narrate them and especially when some of these male voices portray my book boyfriends, well… I develop a little crush. I’ve noticed that I tend to listen to more male narrators than female (I don’t know if that’s related or not) but I do have some female favorites too! Here are my recommendations for voice actors that totally nail it in the personality, performance, and overall experience!

Note: Each featured narrator includes links to audiobooks that I’ve listened to from them. They have way more that they’ve done but these are the books that I’ve listened to!

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MACLEOD ANDREWS

LIES BENEATH | THE RECKONERS TRILOGY | THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO | HELLHOLE | WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON

MacLeod Andrews might be my all-time favorite audiobook narrator. If not, he’s certainly in the tops. I just love his narration and he has one of those voices that just really brings the characters to life. He puts so much personality into each character and really brings a different tone to each book that he narrates. I just love listening to his voice and I think he does an amazing job with every book. I have started picking books JUST because he narrates them and I’ve got a long list of even more that I want to hear!

MICHAEL KRAMER

THE MISTBORN SERIES | THE RITHMATIST

Michael Kramer is best-known (in my book) for narrating Brandon Sanderon’s books. I started the audio for MISTBORN because the books were long and I was afraid that I was going to take a long tim to read it. I had also picked it up on sort of a whim because I was waiting for Patrick Rothfuss’s books but they weren’t available at the time so I grabbed MISTBORN from the library instead. I LOVE his narration, his voices, his attitude. It’s totally just the best. I wish he narrated more YA because that’s what I read more of but maybe I’ll have to check out more adult just to listen to him!

MICHAEL PAGE

THE GENTLEMAN BASTARD SERIES

The only thing I’ve listened to from Michael Page so far is The Gentleman Bastard series (all three books so far) and GOSH I just love him. He brings such life to the characters and gets to do some epic swearing and I LOVE it. I love his British accent and he’s just so much fun to listen to. I’m seeking out other things that he narrates but haven’t tried them yet.

NICK PODEHL

THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE | WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON

I looooved Nick Podehl narrating THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR. He narrates some YA and I’ve been looking for those too! I actually picked out WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON despite my ambivalence for John Green just because Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews narrated and it was really enjoyable! Sometimes favorite narrators can totally make a book.

STEVE WEST

THE SCORPIO RACES | AN EMBER IN THE ASHES | THE CROWN’S GAME

Steve. West. Ladies and gentlemen, hoo boy, he can make a girl fall in love. I listened to THE SCORPIO RACES as my first read and I can’t ever read the print version again. He IS Sean Kendrick, all broody and gorgeous. I’ve listened to the audiobook three times and I plan to keep listening every fall (and I can’t wait for my next listen IT’S COMING UP).
On the flip side, an amazing narrator cannot save a book if it’s not working. I bought AN EMBER IN THE ASHES because Steve West (AND Fiona Hardingham, who also co-narrates THE SCORPIO RACES) were the narrators for it and I was sure I’d love the book AND the narration. I said Steve West could narrate the phone book and I’d love it. WELP. I didn’t finish EMBER. I just wasn’t connecting with the book but it wasn’t the narrator’s fault. Just an important lesson!
I also haven’t listened to THE CROWN’S GAME yet (I read the ARC) but I bought the audio to prepare for the re-read before book two comes out! I just loved the book and hello, Steve West.

JULIA WHELAN

THE CONSPIRACY OF US | FORGOTTEN

I listened to FORGOTTEN before I even paid attention to audiobook narrators — I just grabbed whatever looked interesting from the library — but looking back, I totally did enjoy Julia Wheelman’s narration! I rediscovered her when listening to Maggie Hall’s books, THE CONSPIRACY OF US and MAP OF FATES and I’m dying for more of that series but I’ll settle for more books narrated by Julia Whelan until then!

WIL WHEATON

READY PLAYER ONE | ARMADA

Wil Wheaton is totally the best. He’s SO energetic and so much fun. I get so excited listening to him narrate and he brings such energy to each book. I totally fell in love with READY PLAYER ONE and still want to do a re-read, listening to the audio again because it was just that good. Of course I grabbed ARMADA on audio because Wil Wheaton was narrating that too and it was awesome! There were actually a lot of mixed reviews on the book but I had so much fun listening that I was totally hooked.

 

JORJEANA MARIE

THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO | THE DARKEST CORNERS | WINK, POPPY, MIDNIGHT

Jorjeana Marie is a new favorite of mine! I first heard her in WINK, POPPY, MIDNIGHT and when I got to listen to THE DARKEST CORNERS, I started catching on. When I picked up THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO (for MacLeod), I realized how much I really like her narration and I’m looking forward to more from her!

LORELAI KING

THE STEPHANIE PLUM SERIES | FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT was another random library grab and that was the first time I heard Lorelai King. I ended up switching to audio for Stephanie Plum somewhere along the way and even though I have ups and downs with the series (mostly positive but sometimes things get silly), I’ve always loved the narration! Lorelai King does a really, really good job at giving all of these characters different voices and she’s so consistent at it too. Always keeping in tone with the books, she does a really great job at keeping the fun in them too!

JIM DALE

HARRY POTTER | THE NIGHT CIRCUS | PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS

I actually knew Jim Dale’s voice from Pushing Daisies (who are my fellow Pushing Daisies fans!?) and I was SO SURPRISED when I heard him as I started THE NIGHT CIRCUS! I didn’t know his name so I didn’t realize that was the same voice! I was so excited and then found out that he narrates the Harry Potter series too and promptly started my re-read of the series on audio.

NEIL GAIMAN

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK | STARDUST | AMERICAN GODS

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK was my first Neil Gaiman book EVER and I had no idea that he narrated (some of) his own books! I just love his voice and it’s always so special when an author narrates their own books because you know exactly what they meant and exactly their intonation for each character. He just does such an amazing job (and the British accent doesn’t hurt). I’ve been planning to read NEVERWHERE for a long time and I’m excited to listen to another audio!


What are some of your favorite audiobook narrators? Do we share any of the same favorites? Which would you recommend? I’m always looking for new favorites!

My Latest Bookish Addiction [16] – Audiobooks (Again!)

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Audiobooks… Again! 

I’ve already celebrated audiobooks as My Latest Bookish Addiction but I must must share my love for them again. My original post on audiobooks is already over a year and a half old and oh, how things have changed since then! I have a lot more titles to recommend, favorite narrators, and audiobook habits since my original post so the topic bears repeating!

Audiobooking has become a way of life for me. In my original post, I was already becoming a seasoned audiobook listener but now I’m at the point where I crave a good audio and I’m always on the hunt for more fantastic stories with amazing narrators! There’s just something an audiobook that really lends that extra “oomph” to a book — there’s another layer of performance being able to hear a narrator voice the characters, put action sequences in motion, and add a general tone to a story.

I wouldn’t say that I’m a picky listener but I am choosy. There’s not much that I’ll immediately nix as far as an audiobook option except for a few less-than-thrilling narrators that I’ve run into but I’ve definitely had more amazing experiences than poor. Whether it’s for the better or worse, a narrator can really make or break a book for me. But I’ve also learned that a narrator also can’t save a book for me. Two of my favorite narrators of all time voiced a new book and I swore I could listen to them read the phone book… But I ended up DNFing the audio and returning it to Audible, feeling confident about my decision. I’ll usually finish most audios because I can always speed them up or just listen mindlessly if I’m not thoroughly enjoying. This was one of the rare cases where it just felt like a waste of time.

I feel like audiobooks offer a lot of perks for a reader! It may be challenging for some to focus on listening (I know I have to focus sometimes) but if you’re hesitant about trying some, think about this!

  • You can listen to a book while driving, cleaning, cooking dinner, working out, etc. Ever get annoyed that you have to stop reading when you get in the car to go places? Not anymore! I always have an audiobook running so I’ll pop it on during my drive to work, while I’m making dinner, or doing chores. It feels nice that I’m still making progress with a current read.
  • Audiobooks bring a whole new level of performance to a book. Sure, I can do voices in my head… But if anyone talks with an accent, let’s be honest. I try to do it in my head and slowly it just becomes me reading in my own voice again. The voice actors for audios really do a great job giving each character a different voice and most are great at different accents when needed! They also bring heightened emotions, especially in cases like Wil Wheaton’s narration of Ernest Cline’s books!
  • They’re excellent ways to experience your favorite books in new ways.love re-reading and I often times will pick up the audiobooks of my favorites to experience them in a whole different way! It’s almost always a positive experience and really fun to re-read like that.
  • They bring a more personal connection to the book. I have some favorite narrators that sort of made me fall in love with them — I mean, the characters — a little bit more than I might have just reading the words on the page. Hearing the emotion in a character’s voice or just hearing a character’s voice brings a more personal connection to a story and it tugs on my heartstrings that much more.
  • They can make okay books good or even great. Okay, I’ll be honest. If I had just read ARMADA, I’m not sure I would have loved it. But Wil Wheaton is such a good narrator that he really brought so much to the story and I felt like I was almost watching a movie instead of listening to a book. His enthusiasm is amazing and it really got me into the book when I might have felt some lulls if I had read in print.

So what do you think? Any of these reasons convince you to pick up an audiobook? Which ones would you agree with?


Of course I can’t let you go without making some recommendations. Last time I just threw out some audiobook recs but I’m digging a little deeper this time — audio beginner or master, there’s something here for everyone! 

FAVORITE NARRATORS

  • Steve West | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Fiona HardinghamThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Jim Dale | Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  • MacLeod Andrews | Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • Michael Kramer | The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
  • Michael Page | The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
  • Neil Gaiman | The Graveyard Book and others by Neil Gaiman

CELEBRITY NARRATORS

  • Wil Wheaton | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Jesse Eisenberg | The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
  • Anne Hathaway | The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

MY AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Check out my audiobook list on Goodreads for even MORE recommendations or you can always comment or email me for recs! These are the ones I would start with but I’ve listened to a bunch more than I’ve also enjoyed! What audiobooks do YOU recommend?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [11] – International Editions

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? International Editions

Way back before I was a blogger (and even after), I wasn’t the kind of person who actually kept books once I was done reading them. I borrowed a lot from my sister, some from the library, and the only books I really bought at full price were ones I was going to keep for sure. Some secondhand books I ended up reading and just selling back to the used bookstore. Nowadays, well… You’ve seen my shelves. They’re filled with all of my favorites and then some. I do go through and pass along or giveaway books that I don’t feel the need to keep, but if I have a favorite, boy, do you bet that book is staying on my shelf and even in multiple formats.

Some books I just have in both hardcover and paperback — like when I already had the paperbacks of If I Stay and Where She Went, but purchased the hardcovers when I met Gayle Forman so I could have her sign them. Other books, I’ve basically just started collecting in all forms and any editions I can get my hands on. I’ve purchasing both paperbacks and hardcovers of The Lunar Chronicles and The Grisha Trilogy, but that obsession didn’t start until Macmillan did this cool thing where they had a special page of blogger acknowledgements in the paperback. I mean, how could I NOT purchase a book that my blog’s name is in!?

Then my lovely friend Amy from Tripping Over Books bought me the Spanish editions of Cinder and Scarlet for my birthday back in March… And a new obsession flourished. The international editions of this series are so gorgeous and I MUST own them all.

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There are a few places to go to get some international editions like Fishpond and The Book Depository which ship for free internationally, but they don’t really have a wide selection of international versions. AbeBooks actually has a pretty great selection, but of course, if you want an international edition, you’re going to have to pay more for it! Since AbeBooks is less of a distributor straight from their warehouse and more like Half.com or the area of Amazon where users are able to list and sell their own books. Some sellers offer free shipping, but most of those are for American editions or if they are international, the book itself starts to get costly. I haven’t made any purchases from AbeBooks yet, but I’ve been eyeing these books for a while now, still not ready to let go of my money with all the things I have going on at the moment. I may look into making a purchase soon though!

Some International Editions I’m Dying For!

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

  Cinder (Crónicas Lunares, #1)  Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Italian, another Spanish edition, Portuguese 

Scarlet (Cronache lunari, #2)  Scarlet (Crónicas Lunares, #2)  Wie Blut so rot (Luna-Chroniken, #2)  Scarlet (Saga Księżycowa, #2)

Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish

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THE GRISHA TRILOGY

The Gathering Dark (The Grisha, #1)  Grischa: Goldene Flammen (Grischa, #1)  Tenebre e ghiaccio (The Grisha, #1)

Les Orphelins du Royaume (Grisha, #1)  Cień i kość (Trylogia Grisha, #1)

UK, German, Italian, French, Polish

Grischa: Eisige Wellen (Grischa, #2)  Szturm i grom (Grisza, #2)  Sol e Tormenta (The Grisha, #2)

German, Polish, Portuguese

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HARRY POTTER

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen (Harry Potter, #1)  Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers (Harry Potter, #1)

Original UK, German, Italian, Dutch, French

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Okay, REEEEEEL it in here, B. I could honestly show you each and every  international cover I want but this would be ONE LONG POST (like it wasn’t already).

NOTEABLE OTHER AWESOME INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS: Tamara Ireland Stone’s Time Between Us has some GORGEOUS international covers! I’ve also seen some really neat ones for Just One Day by Gayle Forman and the international covers of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell aren’t as snazzy but I love it so much that I’d end up collecting those someday too!

So tell me! Do you ever buy international editions of books for your personal collection? Do you have a special source to purchase them? Which ones do you already have in your personal library and which ones are you currently drooling over? I must know!

My Latest Bookish Addiction [10] – Audiobooks

MLBA

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Audiobooks

I’ve been loving audiobooks for a while now, but I think it’s about time that I gush about the to their fullest extent. I was nervous to try audiobooks when I first tried listening. What if the narrator was awful? What if they couldn’t hold my attention? What if I got bored or annoyed or mad?

In all honesty, any one of those is a very real possibility, but that’s why I try to do some good research before picking a new audiobook. Sometimes a breathy narrator ruins the experience for me… On the flip side, a fantastic narrator can totally make the listening experience that much more amazing!

I feel that audiobooks should be selected just as carefully as your regular reads. The fact that you’re listening to a book and it’s being read by someone else just throws one more factor into your reading experience. I’ve been trying to pick my reads more carefully nowadays because I’ve finally come to grips with the very sad but real fact that I can never possibly read all of the books I want to… BUT audiobooks do help with that.

I’m a multi-book reader. That’s not a term, I know, but what I mean is that I read more than one book at time and audiobooks are a great way for me to read multiple books at once. I always have a physical copy that I’m reading and sometimes I throw in an ebook in there, but recently I’ve started adding a constant stream of audiobooks to the mix. I have a semi-long commute to work so they’re great for the long drives and who would have ever thought I could read while I was driving!? I love being able to read at a time when “traditional” reading isn’t quire possible. Depending on the production of the audio and how engaging the narrator is, I can even picture it as sort of a movie in my mind which is great to keep my attention and to further pull me into the book.

Looking for a good audiobook? Here are just a few of my favorites — both for the content of the book and some excellent narrators as well!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: Ready Player One was one of the earlier audiobooks I listened to and I LOVED it. Wil Wheaton narrated this masterpiece and aside from the great content of the book (sci-fi, dystopia, pop culture of the 80s), the production quality was fantastic! Wil Wheaton does a great job of narrating and I was HIGHLY entertained the entire time. I’ve been itching to re-read this on audio ever since I finished it because it was THAT good.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater: The audio for this book was amazing. This was the first audio production that I had listened to that incorporated more than one narrator. Since the book alternates between the voices of both Sean and Puck, the narrators alternated chapters as well. Listening to this book was just fantastic and it absolutely enhanced my reading/listening experience! SO many readers have fallen in love with this audiobook and I’m so glad I listening to the suggestions to pick this one up on audio first!

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I was in a YA kick when I started The Night Circus and honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure if it was YA or adult when I first started it because so many of my fellow YA bloggers were raving about it! I turned the audio on and to my surprise, the narrator was Jim Dale! (He also narrates the Harry Potter audiobooks, but I knew his voice as the narrator for Pushing Daisies.) The story was magical and listening to it somehow made it even easier to picture! Everything felt so vivid and like I was right in the action.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book was my first Neil Gaiman book which I selected thanks to the help of Alyssa (a major Gaiman fan) and because I wanted to listen to a good book for Halloween-time. This book was fantastic on audio. Neil Gaiman narrates the book himself and I was utterly swept away on this literary journey. His voice is just perfect for narration and I’ve pretty much made a promise to myself to listen to any of his books that he narrates! If you have the opportunity to listen to Neil Gaiman narrate, I highly recommend it!

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Some other great audio that I’ve listened to:

How do you feel about audiobooks? Is there anything holding you back from trying them? Are they a constant in your life? Do you have any personal favorites? I want to hear it all!