June 4, 2013

Audiobook Month + Giveaway

It's no secret that I'm an audiobook addict. 
Last week I shared my list of favorites
To celebrate Audiobook Month, I'm doing a giveaway, but before we get to that, let's discuss audiobooks! Feel free to write your own discussion post using these same prompts (or use your own). Leave a link to your post in the comments to share the audiobook love. :)

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.

1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from Audible

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


detweilermom said...

I love audio books. I have listened to many books that I wouldn't have finished in print. I have increased the amount of books I read by redeeming time that would otherwise be wasted time. This is especially true with my commute to work

Laurie C said...

I'm glad you mentioned the YA SYNC program. I think I need to sign up for the text message reminders. I hope I didn't miss a week. What a nice giveaway! I'm not going to enter because I've already listened to TFIOS.

Jennifer | Book Den said...

I love listening to audiobooks while tackling chores. :)

Kathryn said...

I've got so into audiobooks recently, they're so much fun to listen to!

Miss Pippi said...

Huzzah for Audiobook Jukebox! They are a wonderful new discovery for me as well. Have fun!

Yvonne said...

I love audiobooks because I'm able to 'read' twice as many books. I especially enjoy listening to middle grade fiction titles that I can recommend to young readers at the library where I work. I listened to Snyc YA's complimentary download ONCE this weekend and I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoyed THE BOOK THIEF or THE STORYTELLER....oh, yes, I listened to both of those tiles also.

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