I’ve only recently discovered the goodness of audio books. On a family holiday involving many hours of driving, my family listened to The Hunger Games. The experience was enhanced because we drove right through the area that was District 12. The kids were, for the most part, quiet during the drive. Since that trip, I’ve been on the lookout for more great audio books to listen to.
Here’s the thing: My first experience with an audio book was awful. I was distracted. I could not pay attention to the book. I found the narrator boring and I think that I even fell asleep. Then I realized that perhaps that particular audio book was not for me. A good narrator makes all the difference for an audio book. Now, I can’t wait for my walk, or even the dreaded housework. As long as I have a good audio book, I’m happy.
Sync Audio Book Downloads
Last summer, or maybe even 2 summers ago, I started participating in the Sync Audio Book download program. Each week 2 titles were offered: 1 young adult book and 1 classic. This week it’s Irises by Francisco X. Stork and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Sometimes listening to a classic is easier than reading.
The downloads are updated every Thursday and are available until the following Wednesday. Not all books are available in all markets. If you live outside the US, check the website for book availability.
Here’s a few books that I am eagerly anticipating: July 5 – Anna Dressed in Blood and August 2 Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
What books did I get?
I am thankful to this site for introducing me to L.A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack series. The narrator took a little getting used to – her English accent is lovely and she does all sorts of voices, accents, and she even sings. She is an incredible narrator and she captures both Jacky’s innocence and intelligence very well. I also got The Hunger Games from this site as well, and I have a whole list of audio books queued up and ready to go.
Where else can I get Audio Books?
Audio books are available for free at most local libraries. You just need to download a software called Overdrive Media Console and with your library card, a whole new world of reading is open to you.
Here’s a list of our favorite audio books:
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by LA Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren
The Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins narrated by Carolyn McCormick
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler, CBC Audio
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabalon, narrated by Davina Porter
I Hunt Killers
Regina’s Favorites: Regina is our resident expert on audio books. When I asked for her favorite audio books, she gave me a long list. I can’t wait to listen to these books!
Dark Highlander – Karen Marie Moning
The Painted Veil – the BBC version
Dawn on a Distant Shore
All the Bad Day books by Sophie Littlefield
All the Monkeewrench books by PJ Tracy
All the Succubus books by Richelle Mead
All the Mercy Thompson books (same narrator as next two listings)
All the Stephanie Plum books
The Charley Davidson books (first grave …)
The Troubleshooters books by Brockmann starting with #3 through 16
Far North by Marcel Ttheroux
What I Saw and How I Lied By Judy Blundell
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss
Virgin River series by Carr
Chaos Walking trilogy byPatrick Ness
All of the Harry Potter books both British and American versions
All of the Ruby Oliver books by E Lockhart
Black Dagger Brotherhood – all
The Travises series by Kleypas
The Dresden files – all of them
Bloody Bones by Hamilton
The Dublin Murder Squad – by Tana French – all of them
Blue Moon by Hamilton
Unwind – Neal Shusterman
Bossy pants by Fey
Year of the Flood by Atwood
Obsidian Butterfly by Hamilton
Deadline by Mira Grant
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
So now we have some questions for you:
Have you listened to any audio books lately?
What are your favorite audio books?
What do you like to do while listening to audio books?
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