A Few Thoughts on Audiobooks & An Audiobook Giveaway



My Foray into Audiobooks

I tried a few audiobooks in the last year.  Anna Karenina and some other obscure mystery title whose name I don’t remember.  I crashed and burned on both of them.   I would listen on my walk to work, maybe that had something to do with it.  Maybe one foot was already into figuring out the work day and I couldn’t concentrate with a narrator that was less than compelling.  Or maybe I needed something a little bit more modern than Anna to start me off (I hadn’t read it before, so everything was unfamiliar).

I have kept seeing people listening to audiobooks, and it seems as if they are really enjoying them- leading me to think that I really need to give these another shot.  So while browsing the audio titles in my library I came upon The Wizard of Oz.  I also had the book, which I picked up a few days before because I wanted to see what it would be like to read The Wizard of Oz since I had only seen the movie every year for the first 18 years of my life.  Let’s just say that maybe I read the first couple of pages and I listened to the rest.  I think that maybe I needed something accessible the first time around.  I also listened in a more relaxed state; after work, while puttering around the house.  I absolutely loved it!  And the Wizard of Oz- so much more good stiff to be found in the book.  Isn’t that always the case?


Anyway,  I am trying to branch out with the audiobooks and I have picked out a few that I would like try out. I have 3 copies each of The Accountant’s Story, by Roberto Escobar;  Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman; and The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Cooper Ramo to giveaway.

Entry is simple.  Just leave me a comment with your thoughts on audiobooks, and maybe a recommendation for me  for future listening- to be entered.  Pick one of the books that you would like to read from above (the cover goes to the description) and that’s it.

I haven’t listened to any of them yet, but I just finished reading Undress Me in the Temple if Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman, over the weekend and I loved it.  I am looking forward to listening to her read her book.

The Big Print

Deadline to enter is May 1, by midnight EST. Winner will be announced here on May 2nd, 2009. This giveaway is sponsored by Hachette Book Group.  This giveaway is open to addresses in the US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes.

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  1. I had a hard time getting started with audiobooks. But now I love them. I think the trick is to start with something that doesn’t require long-term concentration. My recommendation is “Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar.” It’s supposed to be an intro to philosophy but it’s done mostly through jokes.

    As for the books you have listed, I would be interested in Undress Me In the Temple of Heaven.


    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  2. I would recommend starting out with something like a David Sedaris audio book – the stories are short and funny. Little Pink House is my favorite audio book so far. Please enter me for the Women’s Murder Club box set. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  3. I love listening to audiobooks in the car and at night when I got to bed (puts me to sleep-lol). I’m currently listening to the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri and liking it. Short stories translate well on audio. I’d love to be entered for Undress Me In the Temple of Heaven. Thanks so much.
    bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

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  4. I like to listen to thriller type books on audio, personally. Something like James Patterson or Dean Koontz. My husband prefers listening to business books.

    I would love to win the Women’s Murder Club.

  5. i am always in the car so i love audio books i would like either womens murder club or the accountants story thanks for the giveaway

  6. I love listening to audio books on long trips. They make the miles fly! I would really love to hear Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. I love memoirs.

    Thanks so much.

  7. I love audio books for long car rides by myself, I just lose myself in them, and the ride goes by quickly. I’d love to win Undress Me in the Temple if Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman

  8. I love audiobooks especially for long drives. I recommend anything by David Sedaris. His latest work is When You’re Engulfed in Flames.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I get very cranked up about the topic of audiobooks, as I’ve written about several times. I love them, but it took me a while to learn to listen to them. I definitely think it is a skill to be able to “read” a book with your ears.

    Undress Me looks interesting. I was going to skip the giveaway part because I have so many from the library already waiting on my iPod, but please include me for that one.


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  10. I love audio books. I listen to them to and from work each day and at work. I have been listening to Greg Iles and really do like him. I love James Patterson and would like to be included in your drawing for Womens Murder Club. Please include me in your giveaway.

  11. I like audio books when I’m on a longer drive – they’re great for the a plane flight or on vacation too. My choice would be the Women’s Murder club adn Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven as a second choice.

    msboatgal at aol.com

  12. Audiobooks are very convenient in the car.. especially long road trips. I would probably choose The Accountant’s Story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I love audio books and listen to them all the time. I am lucky my local libary has a wide choice of audio books. I tend to get cozy mysteries like the Cat Who series but will listen to any type really. I would choose James Patterson Womans Murder Club as the best you have

  14. I love audio books. I am on the road for work quite a bit so I listen to alot of them. My favorites are mystery and supernatural. Thanks for the chance to win

  15. We live by audiobooks. With such hectic schedules in the car seems to be the only time to read. Any of James Patterson are great reads for the ears.

  16. We listened to The Davinci Code on our 20 hour drive to Georgia. It really kept the trip interesting!

    I would love to have any of the audiobooks, but my first choice would be Women’s Murder Club. Thanks!

  17. my first experience with audiobooks was frustrating, I just couldn’t seem to follow without being distracted. but then I listened to a great Stephen King novel in the bath tub with only candle light and it was like being in the book. I love them now. thanks for the giveaway

  18. Audiobooks are fairly new for me. I never really listened to any, but then I got the third Harry Potter book on CD for Christmas (my mom thought I’d like something to listen to on road trips) and I LOVED it, so now I’m trying to build up at least a small collection of them, and hopefully get all the Harry Potter ones as well. Please put me down for The Women’s Murder Club, though any of them would be great. Thanks!


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  19. I am an avid reader but I never really tried audiobooks. I would love to try out an audiobook and if I won I would choose The Women’s Murder Club. Thanks for the giveaway!