Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Giveaway - June is Audiobook Month! (JIAM)

June is Audiobook Month! I'm today's stop on the month long APA tour celebrating listening to books!

I listen to at least two books at a time - while still reading print copies. Why, you ask? Audiobooks are an experience for me - I feel more drawn into the story by listening to it. Listening to the story come alive with interpretation, inflection and more makes it an intimate experience.

Two at a time? Yes, my commute to work is about 75 minutes each day, back and forth - that enough time for one disc and bit of the next one. I've been asked if I can concentrate on the story while still paying attention to my drive. The answer is yes, it's no different than having a conversation with a passenger. And for those time, I do need to concentrate, it's easy to hit the off button.  The other time I listen is before falling asleep. I usually listen on my MP3 player or my iPhone. Both have a timer, so it's easy to set it to 30 or 60 minutes for auto shut-off. And if I'm quilting or sewing, I like to listen as well.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Bird Box, written by Josh Malerman and read by Cassandra Campbell. Just try listening to this one in the dark. Scary! (my review)
Any of Louse Penny's Inspector Gamache series! How the Light Gets In is read by Ralph Cosham. (my review)


These are two of my favourite trilogies - I've actually read the books and then listened to them as well! Justin Cronin's The Passage read by Scott Brick. (one of my fave readers!)
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles and read by Robert Petkoff.

See what others have to say about audiobooks (and more giveaways) on the JIAM tour. Full schedule can be found here. 30 days, 30 bloggers! #loveaudiobooks

To help celebrate JIAM, I have a wonderful giveaway today for those of you who already love love audiobooks and for those of you who'd like to give them a try! I've got a set of earbuds and a voucher for three audiobook downloads on Audiobooks.com. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. This one's short and sweet - Ends July 1, open to US only.

18 comments:

krg said...

Thanks for the recommendations, I haven't heard of these books but they sound intriguing. :) I resisted audiobooks for a long time thinking my mind would wander too much while listening. Boy was I wrong, they really add to the experience! They are so convenient and I love to listen on my long work commute as well but also when shopping, or do things around the house. Thanks for the post, and the chance to win! =D

traveler said...

Audiobooks are great for road trips, and when I am doing housework and even outside in the backyard. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

Ethan said...

I love listening to audiobooks! Like you, I listen during my commute each day. I also play them while I'm cooking and during my daily workouts. Without them, there's no way I'd keep my goal of reading a book a week!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions! The Passage is at the top of my tbl list!

jmcgaugh said...

I spend a lot of time listening to audio books and probably read more of them than I do either paper or e-books.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I listen all the time, but only while I am in the car!

Galadriel said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I listen to a lot of full-cast audio dramas, which are so cool and unique. It's like a movie, just without the pictures

Vicki said...

I listened to audiobooks a few years ago but liked print books more. This year I thought I'd try them again and something just clicked. Now I'm addicted and listening to more audiobooks than reading print.

Meredith said...

Constantly! I listen while I do other things, so I get the benefit of reading my story and getting my housework done.

Literate Housewife said...

I applaud you for being able to finish The Passage. I was too scared! I love these posts because we all have such diverse tastes.

skinmaan said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. Audiobooks are the only way to go for people on the go.

KV H said...

I enjoy listening to audio books while relaxing. Thanks for having the giveaway!

TarheelFIT1 said...

I listen to an audiobook every day! It's increased the numbers of books I can read immensely. I can listen while commuting, like you, and also while doing mindless chores around the house.

Tracie M. Cooper said...

I love audiobooks and self-help are my favorites! I listen to them at home and on the go!

Kaitlyn Abshire said...

I do listen to audiobooks and I love them! It's a great way to pass time while I'm driving!

coup420 said...

I love listening to audiobooks after dropping the kids off at school and running my errands

nrlymrtl said...

Yep, I love my audiobooks. And I also sometimes have more than one going. There's the CD audiobook for the truck, then one on my laptop for when I play Civ IV, and then one on my phone for when I exercise or have laundry and dishes to do.

Nise' said...

I always have one going in the car too. Loved the entire Greg Iles series on audio, just finishing up Mississippi Blood.