A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes Holiday Blog Tour And Giveaway

I am happy to be joining the Audio Publishers Association’s A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes Holiday Blog Tour and Giveaway! As I have written often on this blog, I am a huge fan of audiobooks and have listened to 15 so far this year. I listen in my car during my short commute, and when I am really into a book, I’ll listen while walking the dog, making dinner, even in the shower sometimes. Listening to audio is a great way to squeeze in more books, and the experience of listening can enrich a book, lending emotional depth and immediacy.

I also love audiobook narrators! They are the coolest group of people. I try not to pepper them with questions whenever I am with them, but it’s hard for me to resist. I am fascinated by the whole narration process and I always want to learn more about it.

This holiday season, for some reason I’ve been in a British mood. The last three audiobooks I’ve listened to were all narrated by British performers – One Day In December, The Adults and The Other Woman (still listening). British accents make characters seem smarter (more clever, as they would say) and more articulate, and I really enjoy them.

This time of year is a great time for audiobooks! Many people take long road trips for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and audiobooks are a perfect way to pass the time. I get ones that my 6 year-old son will enjoy for when he’s in the car too, and he really likes them. Audiobooks are also good for trains and planes, long waits in airports, etc. Don’t leave home without a loaded phone!

If you need audiobook gift ideas, here are a few of my favorite 2018 listens:

One Day In December by Josie Silver

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen

Do you like audiobooks too? The APA is letting me give away a fantastic selection of 8 audiobooks that have been donated by the following publishers:┬áBeacon Press, High Bridge Audio, LA Theatre Works, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio. The books will be available for free download on Libro.fm. If you want to win these books, leave me a comment below with the name of a book that you’re hoping someone buys as a gift for you this year. I’ll pick a winner on December 8.

The giveaway books:

  • BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • SPILL by Leigh Fondakowski (LA Theatre Works)
  • HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE by Crystal Fleming (Beacon Press)
  • AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones (HighBridge Audio)
  • SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton (Tantor Audio)
  • THE HUNGER GAMES: Special Edition by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  • THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean (Simon Audio)
  • NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty (Macmillan Audio)

And check out the rest of the blog tour! 29 other bloggers have written about why they love audiobooks – find out what they had to say.



  • Pat Burke
    November 28, 2018 - 10:43 am | Permalink

    I constantly listen to audio books in the car (even for short runs), when I walk, and even when cleaning the house — would love to be able to listen to these books!!

  • Ellen Wormser
    November 28, 2018 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    Gayle -I’d love to have Nine Perfect Strangers, if available, which sounds like a good listen.

    I’m hooked on audio books. I listen in the car, when I can’t find a walking companion, when I have endless chopping to do for meal prep., and when I am dead-heading my roses. The narrator is all important. I avoid George Guidall, but will listen to anything Barbara Rosenblatt or Davina Porter read.

    But among the best read books I’ve listened to over the years these stand out:

    – Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. The narrator can portray a street urchin Indian as well as a high-born Englishman.

    Huck Finn – which I found delightful.

    The Outlander Series – I fell in love with Jamie Fraser (even though his part was read by a woman.) I’ve always fantasized about a time machine, so this series had great appeal.

    I’ve also enjoyed the series of detective stories by Linda Fairstein, a former sex crimes prosecutor from New York. Each one includes some important aspect of NYC history/architecture as well – e.g. the sand hogs, an Irish group who had the lock on major construction of bridges and aquaducts, the NY Public Library (built over a reservoir and cemetery), etc.

  • Sally Schmidt
    November 28, 2018 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I love audiobooks. I would love to receive any book by Diane Chamberlain narrated by Susan Bennett. I just finished the audio of The Dream Daughter and it was so amazing, both the story and the narration.

    What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks! Happy Holidays!

  • Linda Kish
    November 28, 2018 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Nine Perfect Strangers is the book I have been wanting someone to get me.

    November 28, 2018 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Nine Perfect Strangers! Have been wondering about Libro.FM – thank you!

  • Robin Solomon
    November 29, 2018 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    I love audiobooks! I usually listen in the car and while doing yardwork or housework. Books from non-US authors are my fave due to the beautiful accents. My wish list of holiday books includes There There, The Overstory, Transcription, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Nine Perfect Strangers, Bridge of Clay.

  • Anne
    November 29, 2018 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    Audiobooks are perfect for my walks, in the car and for trips. I would love to receive the novel, Marilla of Green gables.

  • Sam
    November 29, 2018 - 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I love audiobooks! I have an almost hour commute and they save my sanity. I am thinking of purchasing a few Ken Follet tomes for my mother in law. They are cumbersome for her eyes but an audiobook would serve her well.

  • Sarah
    December 1, 2018 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Gayle — your holiday book buying guide is fantastic. Thank you!

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