Hrmmm… audiobooks, huh? I’ve always been tempted but never relented. Until now. ‘Cause… lately I’ve been noticing some awesome favorite books on sale that are in “audiobook” format appearing in my Facebook news feed. Lots of our fellow readers are audiobook fans. In fact a few insist on ‘em!
I never purchased them (even on sale), ’cause I always assumed I’d drift, ya know? Having control of my own reading experience seemed to be the only way I could properly take in a book. But I’m hearing more and more about how awesome audiobooks are. The convenience (especially for those that can’t sit and read, because they’re doing something, so instead, they listen…). Why not, right? Same story, same length. All the details are there… we’re just not reading it ourselves. Someone is reading it to us. Heck… that sounds awesome!
So with all of these latest Audible audio books on sale, and the free audible trial + 2 free ebooks deal, and the fact that I can spend an entire day cleaning (which means NOT reading…) *gasp!!!* maybe I oughta give these a try. AND! You can find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as AUDIOBOOKS AT A BARGAIN-PRICE!<—Audiobooks for ebook super-sale prices. I’m thrilled with that, and what’s fun is you can flip flop from reading it, to listening to it without losing your spot… This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL! (This is the “Whispersync” thingie and Rebecca reminds us: “check out what audio add ons you can get from your purchased ebooks…”).
Shawn: I’m not sure if you all listen to them but I actually use audible books… let me tell you it makes the experience soooooo much better!
Carrie: I have just started audio books because of the eyestrain
Cheryl: …What’s even better is that it is an audible book, so I can listen while I run!!
Sheri: LOVE LOVE LOVE to listen: housework gets done & road rage is gone!!
Cindy: A thought: I travel a great deal, and joined Audible (www.audible.com). You download “books on tape” and burn to CDs (or MP3 or whatever you like). If you think READING these are fun, try listenting to them in your car! I read fast, and end up skipping things. When you LISTEN to them, you don’t miss anything. Hmmm. Let’s just say it’s fun to HEAR ‘Hallo, Kitten.’ Although I’d suggest hitting the pause button if you’re going through any drive throughs. (sidenote from Maryse: You can listen to ‘em on certain Kindles and Kindle apps on your phone and iPad!)
Kim: You give the best reviews and I find that we have VERY similar taste in reading…I also belong to Audible.com and that is the ONLY way I can even begin to keep up with you and your reading suggestions…
Jenn: I play my video games when listening to them lol
Marybeth: I love to listen to audio books while I run. It’s the best!
Christin: Listening is amazing–as a momma of two it allows me to get all my housework (the mindless stuff) done while enjoying a book.
And, speaking of the “voice” reading to us, I’ve been told how sexy Phil Gigante is (especially when he plays Barrons in the Fever series). And Sebastian York is HUGE in our community. In fact, I have a whole Q & A post dedicated to him, here: Q&A with Emma Chase and her TIED audiobook narrator Sebastian York.
BUT!!! I’m a total audiobook “noob” so I wondered how I could read ‘em? Er…. I mean… listen to ‘em. Did I need an app for that? I found out! Amazon owns Audible, so you can listen to ‘em right on your phone and iPad and computer with a Kindle app and of course, certain Kindles too…
Fabi: …when I spent a lot of time one my car I used Audible and had my books narrated to me while I drove. Used earphones if I had family in the car. Audible and Amazon now have a deal where you can automatically pick up in the book with reading/listening without losing your place. It’s awesome how kindle and audible sync with each other. Seamless reading even when traveling. (I also get sick if I read in the car)
Lisa: I listen to mine on the audible app on my phone
Gamu: Yes on my kindle fire i can listen without any app
Linda: There is a separate audible app to listen to them on your phone or tablet but I don’t have a kindle device so I’m not sure about that. There is another really cool feature for audible & kindle though. If you are reading a book on the kindle app and then listen to the same book on audible it will take you to the place you left off so you can switch between listening and reading a book without having to search for where you left off. I loved that since I listened to a book on the way home from work but wanted to read it at home.
Kathy: Also with AMAzon if you own the kindle book some you can buy the audio for a lower price… It’s called kindle matchbook. The kindle will keep your place and you can switch between audio and kindle book. It’s awesome!
What about audiobook recommendations and personal experiences listening to a book?
So I asked our Facebook crew:
Maryse: Audio book fans… what are your favorite audio books? I have never listened to one yet (I once couldn’t fathom not *reading* a book myself) but when I’m doing other stuff, I think I would LOVE for a book to play for me.
Was it weird transitioning from reading to listening? Any mind wandering issues? And when you have the choice, do you choose to read or listen?
And here are what our reader/listener pros said:
Jennifer: The narrater makes the story. If it’s a bad narrater you will not be able to get into the book. I usually don’t like male readers for romance but I love Robert Petkoff reading the Imortals after dark. Try A Hunger Like No Other. By Kresley Cole. Two great Narrators C J Critt and Lorelei King who do the Janet Evanovich books.
Katie: I’ll download an audio book when I have a 5 hour solo road trip to mom’s house
Rebecca: I tend to like audio books of great series I have already read. I am really picky about the narrator. Love the following series: Outlander (Davina Porter), Sookie Stackhouse (Johanna Parker), Immortals After Dark (Robert Petkoff), and Crossfire (Jill Redfield). My favourite narrator of all time is Phil Gigante. He does Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander books. Just to add, audio books are a great way to “refresh” your brain before a new release in a long running series. I always read the book first but like to revisit a series in audio format.
Anie: Listening to books has quickly become one of my obsessions. I’d never listened to one before I listened to my own, but then I was hooked. I can listen while I do chores, drive, or even just lay in bed. They are fantastic.
Linda: Linda: It was weird to start listening to books instead of reading but it made the commute better. If you get books through audible and don’t like them you can return them for a refund or new book. The After series by Anna Todd is good. Also any Donna Grant Books in the Dark King series or The Coldest Girl In Cold Town were really good.
Jean: Listening to series thru audible bad eyes to diabetes…
Jessica: I love audio books! However, I will only listen as a “re-read”. So the books that I’ve read and loved, I seek out in audio form. If I can deal with the voice then I buy.
Nicole: I listen when I go on trips. I recently tried to listen while doing laundry or cleaning house but it didn’t work out to well. I suggest starting out with a podcast and HIGHLY recommend “Serial” on the NPR app. It was amazing. I listened on my way home for Xmas and missed my exit in two major cities because I was so engrossed!
Kim: I haven’t listened to one either. I’m tempted to clean my house while listening to a book I heard that works well.
Emily: Tarryn Fisher books the Love me with Lies series is available in audio now.
Leigh: I have a HUGE audible library!! My favorite by far is the Harry Potter series! I also really love the Cat and Bones books. How a female narrator manages to make Bones sound so sexy is beyond me!
Caren: I wish I had the time to sit and read a book but I just don’t. I have an acct at Audible.com then I get free books from overdrive library and hoopla. I listen to most of the books listed on your site. I even look up the new releases at you page them go find them on audio.
Becky: Down load audible it’s 15.00 a month you get 1 free every month and it’s great… It’s the best option when your not able to read.
Ramy: The Evanovich series about Stephanie Plum is pretty entertaining. The reader does a great job and they are very funny. It’s great to listen to because I would probably never read the books.
Sharon: Harry Potter Series . The guy who read the books on CD was GREAT
Carissa: The Outlander audio books are great! I choose to read but if I really into a book and having trouble getting stuff done an audio book helps me get off my butt.
Lauren: Oh I forgot those on my list! I love the cat and bones ones too!
Kelli: Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi!!
Nancy: I’m currently still obsessed with S.C. Stephen’s “Reckless“ I was sooooo excited when it came out I stayed up all night after working full nursing shift and read it all before my next shift. I also downloaded it to my Audible account and have listened to it while working out. Does my heart good to see/hear Keira and Kellan finally quit punishing each other and focus on their growth and love. I can’t help but love angst
Caroline: I have a decent commute to work and listen every day. Love the narrator for the J.D. Robb series. Also love the Sherrilyn Kenyon audio books and Karen Marie Moning audios. Lisa Gardner or John Grisham also good. I find if I don’t like the narrator I can’t finish the book.
Lori: I hate audiobooks but You by Caroline Kepnes has this insanely amazing nararrator that I adored.
Vernalee: Harry Potter Series! It will blow your mind!!
Jennifer: Also the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter is great
Jen: Love Ella Frank’s Audio books!
Lisa: The Outlander series. She does an awesome job with changing her voice for different characters. It’s the only one I can listen to
Erin: Eleanor & Park hands down the best audio book. The narrators were perfection!
bev: Maryse, I saw on your fb update that you are interested in audio. I have not really listened to any, but did listen to a David Sedaris and really enjoyed it. On another site one of the contributors said she had a hard time with fiction but found out that non fiction worked for her. Especially humorous like Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, etc. I have a feeling this is how I would be. I love listening to podcast when cooking, cleaning, on walks. I have heard that Laura Kinsale has a narrator that people love. I’ve heard a sample that came with Flowers and he has a very nice voice and seemed to put the right inflections. Ok long post for some one who doesn’t listen, lol. But one of my challenge tasks and have been thinking of the Mindy Kaling or Amy Poehler book.
Elizabeth: Beautiful Disaster I just finished listening to the Audible book…it was my third time though and I still am in love with Travis.
Alyssa: I love Eragon on audio.
Alison: i listen to them everyday on the drive to work. not so sure about two narrators though. it throws me off.
Lauren: I listen to about 2-3 per week at work. It’s fab! Molly Harper, Kresley Cole, Anne Stuart and Karen Marie Moning have the BEST narrators in my opinion
Angie: Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series is one of my favorites. The narrator, Phil Gigante, is perfection.
Ali: Anything by Jeniene Frost is great on audio. *sigh*
Krystal: I love audio books, I borrow them from my local library on my cell. I listening mostly at work and in the car. At home it’s mostly just books and my nook. Twilight, dark-hunter series and The Anita Blake books are my favorites
Jessica: 2 of my Fav narrators are Kate Rudd & Grace Grant.
Moxie: Fifty on Audible.com. =) My commute to work will never be the same!!
Erin: Nancy Straight’s Touched Series (paranormal) and her lasted release His Frozen Heart are my FAV to listen to!! I had a hard time listening to audio books b/c most sound ridiculous when they try and be sexy or sound like a child and my mind would wonder a bit b/c I wasn’t into it…but Nancy’s narrators are perfect!
Carrie: That’s all I do… Is audio
Author Sadie Grubor: I like Audio Books for when I’m cleaning house, driving, traveling, etc. One of my favorite narrators is Robert Petkoff – He gives good accent. Love Hollie Jackson’s narratrix voice. Now, my books are not by any means the ‘standard’ to judge if you Now, my books are not by any means the ‘standard’ to judge if you will enjoy all audiobooks. BUT… I can send you a code to download one of my books for free…just so you can try out the feel of listening. (No I’m NOT asking for anything in return….SWEAR!) Just message me and I can send you a download code.
Michelle: I can’t listen to them at all. To me reading a book means that I can envelope myself into a story and I just can’t do that if I’m concentrating on another task. It takes all the enjoyment out of it.
Teresa: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series on audio books are amazing. I also like the Gone Girl, Fifty Shades of Grey series, Deeper by Robin York and her second book Harder. Abbi Glines audio books are great too. Some of these narrators are swoon worthy.
Lisa S: I have a few. The voice of the narrator is a deal breaker. I enjoyed #GIRLBOSS, Jane’s Melody, Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever. I tend to listen at work or on a commute or at home instead of listening to music. I recommend listening to the sample first.
Stephanie: Fever series but only once Phil Gigante starts narrating.
Jenn: Doctor Who books read by David tennant are to die for. His voice is so dreamy. They aren’t romance books but still they got me onto audiobooks. Also good the Vampire Academy books by Richelle mead. Well the spin off series with the alchemist girl Sydney and the vampire Adrian. They are good and the narrator is also pretty decent. I play my video games when listening to them lol
Christin: On Dublin Street and Sweet Filthy Boy (any book with a character who speaks with an accent) took on a whole new meaning for me after the audiobook–I couldn’t capture the accent in my head. Listening is amazing–as a momma of two it allows me to get all my housework (the mindless stuff) done while enjoying a book.
Erica: Any Kristen Ashley (Rock Chick)
Mary: I love listening to audiobooks while I knit. My favorite is The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander. The actress, Bianca Amato was amazing!
Chris: Bdb, Outlander
Shannon: Love Molly Harper’s Hollows series read by Amanda Ronconi. Fantastic
Penelope: I love audio books, kindle and physical books. For audio books the narrator can make the book awesome. I agree that Amanda Ronconi (who narrates for Molly Harper and a few others) is amazing.
Avery: I was just wondering this as well. I have an audible credit I need to use and the only books I’ve ever listened to were kids novels lol
Janet: Just finished The Rosie Effect - fricken hysterical narrator doing Don Tillman.
Author K Webster: The only one I ever listened to was Remy by Katy Evans. It was good when he was talking/thinking but when he did Brooke’s voice, it would get high pitched and I would cringe lol. I’ll stick to reading them and just listen to music when I’m doing other stuff. Ha!
Kate: Outlander is my absolute favorite on Audio. (Of course, Outlander is my favorite everything) I think the biggest challenge is finding a narrator you like. The woman who does the Mercy Thompson series is great. She also reads the Stephanie Plum books and is super funny. Iced by KMM was great. Cat and Bones? Not good audio. The Harry Potter series on audio is also amazing.
Miranda: I listen to a ton anything with Sebastian Cole, Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker is my favorite.
Penelope: I love audio books, kindle and physical books. For audio books the narrator can make the book awesome. I agree that Amanda Ronconi (who narrates for Molly Harper and a few others) is amazing.
Monica: Maybe Someday. I’m listening to the audible version! “Sounds” great!
Lori: Maybe Someday was awesome. Ridge is THE BEST.
Tina: I am listening to the Nightwalkers series from audible. It is awesome. The reader has great male voices and the stories are hot!
Kelli: I dearly love Neil Gaiman. He reads his own. Neverwhere , The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the Graveyard Book
Mandy: The Corps Security books on audio are amazing…even though I’ve read them all I still enjoy listening. I’m on Cooper and I can’t wait for Locke he’s my favorite!!
Cindy: My favorite series is Black Dagger Brotherhood great on audio I actually listen to all my books now.
Kathy: I loved Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid! The narrator was awesome and the book hilarious! Definitely listen to a sample before you buy to make sure that you like the narrator. Also with AMAzon if you own the kindle book some you can buy the audio for a lower price… It’s called kindle matchbook. The kindle will keep your place and you can switch between audio and kindle book. It’s awesome!
Denise: Very weird, for some reason I like regency books read in a British accent
Sheree: Undeniable Series by Madeline Sheehan
JoAnne: I get all the latest audible books from the library. It’s perfect to listen to a book while you do housework, cook or run errands. I don’t usually listen to romances, though, because hearing someone read sex scenes makes me feel uncomfortable, so I’ve been listening to thrillers like Preston and Child’s Blue Labyrinth, which was excellent!
Gamu: Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. And the iron druid chronicles by Kevin Herne. And anything read by phil gigante or michael kramer and kate reading. My fav narrators. And i know there isnt any offical “harry potter “audios but i love the series read by stephen fry. I just love audiobooks. Now i buy physical books just to see them. I listen to them all.
Anajanette: Georgia Cates Beauty from Pain series I think is really good.
Diane: The Bridget Jones books are the only ones I’ve ever listened to but I loved them
LATEST ADD-ON AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS (09-14-2015)
- Easy by Tammara Webber <— Trisha recommends these! “Easy by Tammera Weber AND In the Company of Killers Series by JA Redmerski are highly recommend as well. I have A 5am job, that allows for a few hours of audio each time I work that shift.”
- Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers) by J.A. Redmerski <— and here’s the other one Trisha loves! and Rebecca agrees with this one! “Someone just mentioned In The a Company Of Killers, which are cheap on WhisperSync if you own the ebook, and fantastic narration.”
- Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren <— Amy says: “Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, etc… by Christina Lauren. All of them have GREAT narrators.”
- Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas <— Melanie loves these and says: “The entire series is available on audible” and Alexandria agrees: “Definitely agree with the Throne of Glass recommendation!”
- Magic Bites: Kate Daniels, Book 1 by Ilona Andrews <— And Melanie recommends these! “Also another great series on audiobook”
- Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1 by Faith Hunter <— Denise LOVES this series like crazy, and highly recommends it in audio!! “My all-time favorite series in the urban fantasy genre is…The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. This series is a must. The first book is Skinwalker. It can be dark at times, but Jane/Beast can get into funny situations. The story is about a 6ft tall Cherokee women who can change into a mountain lion named Beast and when Jane is Beast, Beast talks in her head. It’s like 2 separate entities who share one body. Jane rides a Harley made from 2 different bikes that she has named “Bitsa”. Oh…and Jane is a leather wearing, gun, knife, and stake toting rogue vampire (Mithrin) hunter, (Beast has her killing claws and killing teeth and at times the comic relief). The books are set in (an alternate world) New Orleans where vamps have been “out of the coffin”, so to speak, for quite a while.
This series is also on Audible and Whispersync on Amazon. For those who don’t know what Whispersync is, you buy the Kindle book for whatever price is listed, and you can get the audio at a discount. I bought Skinwalker and got the audio from Audible… The narrator for the series is the awesome Khristine Hvam. In book one she seems to me like she is trying to find the best voice for Beast, but by book 2 she has it. Her switch from voice to voice, character to character seems effortless. I get the most out of books if I read along as I listen. Try it out, and check put Faith Hunter’s books. She is the best!”
- Forty Shades of Pearl: Pearl Trilogy Series, Book 1 by Arianne Richmonde <— Lisa likes this one! “Shades of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde audiobook is really good.”
- Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1 by T. R. Ragan <— Julie recommends this one! “Rudd is one of my favorite ladies to listen to on audio books. She does the T.R. Ragan Lizzie Gardner series. Murder mysteries.(some romance too)”
- The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken <— And Julie recommends this one, too! “I loved the Rachel Van Dyken Consequences series. Hilarious romance stories.”
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas <— Rebecca loves this one! “A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas, who also wrote Throne Of Glass (my favourite audio narrator, this is my favourite lately, sexy adult fantasy romance, a retelling of Beauty and the beast with sexy ass dark fairies).”
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard <— Rebecca recommends this! “Red Queen recently blew my mind, amazing narration (YA dystopian fantasy).”
WOW you guys! I had NO idea how many of you are audiobook readers. Er… listeners. LOL!!! I LOVE THIS LIST! Thank you so much! So much fun to be had, even when I can’t sit with an actual book…