June 18, 2013

Audiobook Week Discussion: How do you choose your audiobooks?

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Today's prompt: How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print?

I split my time pretty evenly between listening to audiobooks, reading print books, and reading eBooks. Most of the time, I decide what format to read based on what is currently available at the library or most convenient for me to acquire! I check out audiobooks on CD and also download MP3 audiobooks to my phone, so I'll go ahead and check out an audiobook rather than waiting on an extra long holds list for the print book. (For example, I am the only one currently on hold to check out The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman as an audiobook, and everyone who wants the print version will be waiting weeks for their turn!)

I listen to recommendations from friends, co-workers, and other bloggers. If everyone is raving about an audiobook, I make sure to check it out! 

Sometimes I'll listen to things that I normally wouldn't check out in print. I find myself listening to a lot more nonfiction on various topics. It can hold my attention better when I'm listening than when I'm reading. 

I also have favorite narrators that I know will provide an awesome audio experience - Neil Gaiman, Jim Dale, and Jenna Lamia, to name a few. Sometimes I'll be in the mood to re-read a favorite book or series, but I'll choose to listen to it on audio the second time around so that it provides a little different experience. I've done this with The Hunger Games trilogy, Harry Potter, and some other favorites. I find that I often notice different aspects of the plot or character development when listening. It's fun to try books in more than one format!

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