It's no secret that I'm an audiobook addict.
Last week I shared my list of favorites.
How I got started with audiobooks:
I've always loved listening to audio versions of poems and short stories and would play them in class back when I was a teacher (especially Edgar Allan Poe's short stories). I never really gave full-length audiobooks a try until library school . I finally checked out my first ever audiobook (Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd) from the library when I needed to read a book for a grad school assignment and all the print copies were already checked out. I loved the narrator and found myself captivated by the story. Plus it made my work commute (which used to be an hour each way) FLY by, so I knew I had to start listening to more books.
Why I love audiobooks:
Who doesn't love being told a story? When we're kids, our parents and teachers read to us, but when we grow up, we can still enjoy listening to a good storyteller just as much.
My favorite narrators:
I think sometimes a great narrator can really bring a story to life. My favorite narrators are Neil Gaiman, Jim Dale, and Jenna Lamia, to name a few. (My husband says that having a list favorite audiobook narrators is the ultimate sign that I'm a total nerd.) I also really enjoy any narrator with an accent. It helps me get into the story even more.
When/where I listen to audiobooks:
Pretty much anytime/anwhere I can. I listen while I'm getting ready for work in the morning, while I'm driving to/from work, while I'm cleaning the house or doing dishes/laundry, when I'm exercising...basically any time I'm doing boring tasks. It really helps the time pass when you listen to audiobooks. And a funny thing happens - you start to look forward to your commute or your cleaning time because you get to listen to more of your book.
Where I get my audiobooks:
Audiobooks can be expensive, so I get them from a variety of places. My main source is the library. They have books on CD, playaways, and digital audiobooks that I can download directly to my phone through the Overdrive app. The app is so convenient, and there are no late fees since titles automatically expire.
In the summer months, I take advantage of the Audiobook Sync program and download 2 free YA audiobooks a week (a classic is paired with a modern title each week).
I recently received my first title from the Audiobook Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewers program. This is a great site to check out if you want to share your audiobook reviews or find reviews of certain titles.
I also have an Audible membership that I received as a gift, and I love deciding what to spend my credits on. They have great sales and occasional freebies! You can try it free for 30-days and get 1 free audiobook of your choice before you decide if you want to subscribe.
Disclosure: I will earn a small commission if you decide to do a free trial or become an Audible member using the link above. The giveaway, however, is not sponsored and will be paid for out of pocket because I am a John Green fangirl and want to make everyone listen to this audiobook.
Ok, on to the giveaway! To celebrate Audiobook Month, I'm giving away 1 digital audiobook of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd.
P.S. If you're still not convinced that audiobooks are awesome, check out these links:
"Listening to Books is Cheating" and 7 More Myths About Audiobooks from Book Riot
Dude, You TOTALLY Have Time to Read from Good Books and Good Wine