June is Audiobook Month

This month is Audiobook Month, and I am celebrating it with some audiobook-related content here at EDIWTB.

I discovered audiobooks in the summer of 2010, when I listened to 21-hour Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Ever since, I  always have an audiobook going in the car. My commute is about 20-30 minutes long, so I can usually get through an audiobook in about three weeks, sometimes less depending on the length of the book. I almost always pick out audiobooks for which I already have the print version, because I like to read along in the print. I find that having the print version lets me re-read passages that might be hard to find on CD, and it helps with learning how characters’ names are spelled, how books are structured, and how key scenes were written. And sometimes when I get close to the end of an audiobook, I finish it off in print because I get impatient to find out how it ends, and print is faster.

Some books aren’t as successful in audio as others (The Red House by Mark Haddon comes to mind), while others seem to dance off the pages on audio (A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash). I’ve read books narrated by their authors, multiple books narrated by the same narrator, and books narrated by multiple authors. I’ve read books narrated by 80s movies stars (hello Campbell Scott and Elizabeth McGovern and Molly Ringwald). And I’ve even had the chance to meet some of the narrators I’ve enjoyed.

Last week at BEA, I went to a breakfast with a group of audiobook narrators and a few other bloggers. It was one of the highlights of my BEA experience. I met Karen White, Robert Fass, Anne Flosnik, Patrick Lawler, Amy Rubinate, Simon Vance, Xe Sands, and Lauren Fortgang, and they couldn’t have been a nicer bunch. They tolerated my many, many questions and recommended books and recordings. They were incredibly supportive of each other, and seemed genuinely happy to be in each others’ company. Please check out their sites and their recordings!

In honor of Audiobook Month, I will be featuring interviews with Karen White, Anne Flosnik and Robert Fass later this month, and I have also created a new category within the blog – Audiobooks – which collects all of the audiobook reviews that I have written. I always cross-post my audio reviews at Audiobook Jukebox, which is a great resource for finding new audiobook reviews, and I also recommend the site Audiogals, which is run by Lea Hensley, whom I also had the pleasure to meet last week.

So keep an eye out for the narrator interviews later this month, and keep listening to the great recorded books that we are lucky to have access to.

Here is a photo of me with the narrators and bloggers at the breakfast last Thursday (thank you Lea for the photo!). I can’t seem to make it any larger.


I’d love to know: what are the best audiobooks you’ve ever listened to? What made them great? I will do a top-5 list later this month.


  • June 6, 2013 - 7:54 am | Permalink

    I really wanted to come to that breakfast but had a conflict – it sounds like it was loads of fun!

  • June 6, 2013 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    It was so fun to meet you, Gayle! Looking forward to our interview. And thanks so much for your support of Audiobooks.
    Kathy, hopefully we will get organized earlier for a Blogger/Narrator event next year. The first two have created some lovely personal connections.

  • June 7, 2013 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    So happy to have had the opportunity to meet you Gayle, and all of the inspiring group.The time flew by.
    Sorry you didn’t make it Kathy. Fingers crossed for next year.
    Looking forward to the upcoming interview.
    It was a treat to be able to talk with fellow audiobook lovers.
    Happy June is Audiobook Month, everybody!

  • June 13, 2013 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    It was so wonderful to meet you, Gayle! I agree that the breakfast was a highlight of the trip. We so rarely get to meet those we tweet/FB/correspond with in person, and I was honored that you took time out of your BEA schedule to meet up with us.

    Love that you review so many books that I’ve longed to read – and focus a bit on literary fiction, as that is one of my favorite genres to read for pleasure and to narrate!

    • gayle
      June 13, 2013 - 5:38 pm | Permalink

      Great meeting you too! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog! I hope our paths cross again soon.

  • June 22, 2013 - 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Gayle – I’m a little late to the party but so glad I stopped by! So enjoyed meeting you in NYC recently at the narrators/bloggers breakfast. What a good time!

    We must talk more – maybe we can join together on some sort of fun event in the future.


    • gayle
      June 24, 2013 - 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Lea – I’d love that! Looking forward to staying in touch.

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