June Is Audiobook Month

So, are you listening to audiobooks yet??

I’ve been extolling the virtues of audiobooks for years here on EDIWTB. I cannot live without them. I am always, always listening to an audiobook, and I usually get through one or two of them a month. (Is it weird to say that I wish my commute were longer?) Before I started listening to audiobooks, I feared that I wouldn’t be able to focus, that my mind would wander and I’d lose track of the book. That almost never happens. With a good audiobook – and a good narrator – my mind is very focused. I am not tempted to pick up my phone when I’m driving and listening to a good audiobook, and it definitely helps the minutes fly by much faster. And, of course, I get through even more books in a year!

A good audiobook enhances my enjoyment of books, too. It’s a different experience from reading, but it’s just as rewarding. Here are all the recent audiobooks I’ve listened to.

A few tips for audiobook newbies:

  • Keep the print or ebook version of the book on hand, so that you can reread or refer back to sections after you’ve listened to them.
  • Once you find narrators you like, research their profiles to find more books they narrated.
  • Your library has a lot of audiobooks that you can download onto your phone. Get on a bunch of waitlists if there are no copies available and one will come in before you know it.
  • Get creative – listen when you’re walking your dog, cleaning your house, or sitting on a plane.

Finally, June is Audiobook Month (JIAM)!! This post is part of the JIAM Blog Tour – check out what other bloggers have had to say this month about audiobooks! As part of JIAM, I am giving away a selection of 8 audiobooks donated by Blackstone Publishing, High Bridge Audio, Hachette Audio, LA Theatre Works, Macmillan Audio, Post Hypnotic Press Audiobooks, Scholastic and Tantor Audio. The books will be available on Audiobooks.com. If you’d like to enter to win, leave me a comment here with your favorite audiobook of 2018 so far.

Here are the books you can win:

  1. Seven by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz
  2. Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman, narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  3. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris, narrated by Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron
  4. Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland, narrated by Shannon MacManus
  5. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, narrated by Todd McLaren
  6. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, narrated by David Shih
  7. A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin, narrated by Robin Miles
  8. Torn from Troy, Book 1 in the Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy by Patrick Bowman, narrated by Gerard Doyle

Ok, leave me a comment to win free audiobooks, load up your devices with great reads, and check out the other JIAM blog posts on the blog tour!

I Am Indeed – Friday, June 1

The Book’s the Thing – Monday, June 4

Beth Fish Reads – Tuesday, June5

Collector of Book Boyfriends – Wednesday, June 6

To Read or Not To Read – Thursday, June 7

Adolescent Audio Adventures – Friday, June 8

Carol Baldwin Blog – Monday, June 11

Brian’s Book Blog – Tuesday, June 12

Caffeinated Book Reviewer – Wednesday, June 13

Under My Apple Tree – Thursday, June 14

Shelf Addiction – Friday, June 15

Enchantress Of Books – Monday June 18

Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My – Tuesday, June 19

AudioGals – Wednesday, June 20

Sarah’s Book Shelves – Thursday June 21

Under the Boardwalk – Friday June 22

A Bookworm’s World – Monday, June 25

Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust – Tuesday, June 26

Books of my Heart – Wednesday, June 27

AudioGals – Thursday, June 28

The Audio Flow – Friday, June 29



  • Elisabeth
    June 24, 2018 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I am a huge audio fan! I listen on Hoopla through my library, so all the audiobooks are free and always with me on my phone/IPad. As I look over my list for this year, it is hard to pick a favorite – so I will tell you my top contenders.

    The Leavers by Lisa Ko
    Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern
    An American Marriage by Tamara Jones
    The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. This is actually non fiction about how intelligent octopi are and how they all have very distinct personalities.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Janie McGaugh
    June 24, 2018 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    When I first started listening to audio books, I chose books I’d already read on paper, so that helped a lot!

  • Pat Burke
    June 25, 2018 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    I am a great audio book fan — in the car, while I am walking, and even when working around the house. I usually have a different paper book going at the same time and have no problem switching between the two.
    I have just finished book 1 of THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES by Jeffrey Archer on audio — enjoying it very much!

  • sam
    June 25, 2018 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I listened to Still Here by jojo Moyes recently- i loved hearing the British accents! They really help what can be a tedious commute go by quickly.

  • Lisa Ridgley
    June 26, 2018 - 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t manage my commute everyday without an audiobook! My favorite so far this year is Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. What a great book and the narrator was amazing.

    June 26, 2018 - 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Love audiobooks – would never be able to finish any book without them! Currently listening to Nightblind (Icelandic Noir)
    best audiobook this year has been Dark Adapted Eye – totally unexpected

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