I saw this awesome tag on Kristin Kraves Books page. I’ve really gotten into listening to audiobooks in the last couple of years, so I thought this would be the perfect tag to do.
Please feel free to do it as well! I’d love to see your answers!
HAVE YOU ALWAYS LISTENED TO AUDIOBOOK OR WHEN DID YOU BEGIN?
I definitely have not always listened to audiobooks. I was very against them personally for the longest time, as I just knew that there was no way that I would be able to really focus on what I was listening to. I thought that I would have a hard time really taking in the story without actually reading the words.. Well I was wrong. I finally decided to give audiobooks a shot about two years ago and I haven’t looked back since. It’s such a unique reading experience that I really appreciate. I also feel like some books actually translate better via audio as well, such as Daisy Jones & The Six or Sadie.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIOBOOK?
I honestly couldn’t really decide which audiobook I loved more. They are both so different from one another, while also just amazing. I really appreciated the cast for Sadie and how this story seamlessly flowed as via audio. While I love that the actual author narrates The Night Tiger.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT AUDIOBOOKS?
I tend to listen to my audiobooks while I’m working or driving, which means that I occasionally don’t always fully focus on the story and end up missing parts of the story. And for me personally, I have a harder time listening to a fantasy story than I do with historical fiction of contemporary, as it requires more focus to fully be able to grasp the world and story.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE DIFFERENCE IN EXPERIENCE BETWEEN PHYSICALLY READING A BOOK AND LISTENING TO IT?
This is a hard question to answer, but I think that audiobooks can sometimes really bring a story to life by giving it that cinematic element with the narration, such as the full cast version of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. There are also some books that I think just translate better as audiobooks. I also think audio versions can help some of those slower paced novels that we struggle through.
HOW AND WHEN DO YOU LISTEN?
Like I mentioned earlier, I tend to listen to audiobooks while I’m at work or when I’m driving. I like to switch them up with the podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis. (Feel free to ask me for some podcast recommendations as well!) I use Audible as well for my books. I appreciate their return policy sooo much.
WHAT STYLE/GENRE DO YOU PREFER?
I actually tend to gravitate towards historical fiction with my audiobooks and then just sprinkle in some contemporary and fantasy. I’ve recently gotten into science fiction as well, which I used to always just want to physically read. I’m surprised that I enjoy listening to it just as much as reading it.
WHAT ARE SOME AUDIOBOOK/NARRATOR RECOMMENDATIONS?
I don’t have any specific narrator recommendations but I’ll definitely give you some audiobook recommendations listed below!
- Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
- Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye
- Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld – Side Note: This trilogy is narrated by actor Alan Cumming and he does an amazing job!)
- This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Side Note: I highly recommend the full cast version!
Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? What are your favorite audiobooks? Do you prefer to listen to a certain genre?