June is Audiobook Month (6/1/17)

Did you know June is #audiobook month?  I’m joining Jess and Tina (@asreadbyTINA) to celebrate and to play #audiobingo!

Almost all of the books I logged on Goodreads last year were are audios. I listen to about 300 audiobooks a year. I mostly 👂 via @audible, @overdrive, @oneclickdigital, @HooplaDigital apps. But there are other audio apps you can try.

This month of June, I will spotlight a different group of five narrators and/or audiobooks to share my thoughts or experiences.

This week I will start by listing my Top Five favorite narrators (in no particular order). I’ve also added a book each narrated that I rated highly.

    1) Rosalyn Landor absolutely nails historical romances. I first discovered her in Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas. They make an excellent author-narrator pair. I devoured the Gamblers of Craven series, followed the Wallflowers series and then The Hathaways series. (Devil In Winter Review).
    2) Robert Petkoff is the reason I finished The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I initially quit reading the series after book 5 until a GR friend suggested that I listen 👂 instead of reading it. His voice made all the difference and this series is among my favorite now. (Lothaire Review). His voice is theatric and exudes humor. I can almost hear him cackling “muhaha” as I reflect on his work. He is amazing.
    3) Lauren Fortgang IS the assassin Gin Blanco. She’s done a great job in other audiobooks I’ve heard but the way she bodied The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep just took my appreciation to another level. (Bitter Bite Review). She can give you sass, confident, humor and snark like no one else. 
    4) Julia Whelan (aka Sophie Eastlake) does young adult and adult voices  with perfection. It was her narration of The Witness by Nora Roberts that first made me take notice of her. Then I experienced her with The Elder Races by Thea Harrison, so I started seeking out other audiobooks read by her. Her voice just commands my attention and keeps me completely engaged. (Flat-Out Love Review).
    5) Therese Plummer has one of the most melodic and friendliest voices ever. When I hear her voice, it’s just soothing to my soul. It feels like listening to your best friend tell you a story. She’s a narrator that takes an average story and elevates the experience. I love her in chick lit and contemporary romances. (The Wanderer Review).

🎧 Those are my top five. Please share the narrators do you ❤️ with us.🎧 Or if you would like a recommendation, please ask.


    • Ezinwanyi says:

      When audible has $4.95 or $6.95 sales, I stock up. Many authors like A. Zavarelli has her books on Kindle unlimited and the whispersync audios are usually less than $4.99 (usually $1.99). I actually got Crow, Echo, Reaper and Saint as Kindle freebies so the audios were $1.99 each.
      My library uses both oneclick digital and overdrive. So I just borrow audiobooks from the library first and if my library doesn’t have it then I buy. I do buy about 3-6 books a month using my audible credit which is about $11.

      I always check to see if it’s cheaper to get the kindle version and add narration feature before I use my credit at audible.

      I hope that helps!

      • TIjuana says:

        I do the same, but only own just north of 400. I use Overdrive and my library just started a Hoopla a couple months ago. Hoopla is everything!
        The new Audible pricing is going to cut down on the number I can purchase going forward. Most of the 1.99 titles are now 7.49.

        • Ezinwanyi says:

          I noticed that as well. It is also going to cut down how much I buy. Luckily my library gets new books within 3 weeks of release. Sometimes like BDB or Christine Feehan books are available for holds on OneClickdigital before release date. I was surprised the new Ilona Andrews book isn’t available on overdrive at my library yet. But I’m sure it will be there soon or even at Hoopla

        • Ezinwanyi says:

          I also own about over 800 at audible. I hate it because once you listen to it, you can’t loan it or do anything with it. At least with paperbacks you can give them away, sell them or share them. I just have those audios sitting there 🙁

  1. carhicks says:

    I think I have listened to about 6 audio books in my life. I listened to them when I drove to Florida this year. I am not an auditory learner and I find myself zoning out so I prefer to read. I wish I liked them more though.

    • Ezinwanyi says:

      I’m an auditory learner and so is my 7yr old. He retains so much when he listens to a book. We’ve been doing audiobooks in the car for him. We’ve done Wonder by RJ Palacio; Mr Cooper is Super by Dan Gutman; Harry Potter, which resulted in him speaking in an English accent for 2 weeks

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