With audiobooks there are just so many more variables. I might really love a novel, but find myself walking away from the audiobook yawning or just plain irritated. I've learned several important things about myself so far in this audiobook sojourn:
(1) I'm not as good at multi-tasking as I think I am
Audiobooks + [vacuuming] and/or [dishes] and/or [emailing] and/or [blog updates] and/or [facebook] .... all these things sound good in theory, but inevitably I catch myself about every 15 minutes thinking: Crap. What just happened in the story?
(2) Making a cup of tea takes a really long time
You can't really speed up boiling water or steeping. So it's either running back and forth from audiobook room to kitchen, or balancing laptop on arm while making tea (not recommended).
(3) Highly dramatized readings are dangerous to my laptop's health
I've discovered that I really really really can't stand it when the narration gets hyper-emotional. Thankfully the largest object that has been thrown at Lappy to date is a pillow.
To date (minus a few randos years ago), I'm now15 audiobooks in. I've uncovered 7 yays, 5 mehs and 3 ughs! And I have a serious addiction to Julia Whelan's readings. I think she could read my "Policy Responses to Social Exclusion" textbook and I'd be fascinated. Hmm .... now there's an idea! I wonder if she'd consider it ...
What about you? Do you love audiobooks? Hate them? Who would you like to narrate your novel?
MY AUDIOBOOK RATINGS:
CINDER - Marissa Meyer (read by Rebecca Soler)
FORGOTTEN - Cat Patrick (read by Julia Whelan)
LEGEND - Marie Lu (read by Mariel Stern)
PARTIALS - Dan Wells (read by Julia Whelan)
STARTERS - Lissa Price (read by Rebecca Lowman)
STORK - Wendy Delsol (read by Julia Whelan)
TEMPEST - Julie Cross (read by Matthew Brown)
Possible causes: lack of sleep, leaf-blowers, failed attempts at multi-tasking?
A LONG LONG SLEEP - Anna Sheehan (read by Angela Dawe)
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE - Dodie Smith (read by Emilia Fox)
RUBY RED - Kerstin Gier (read by Marisa Calin)
THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE - Jeff Hirsch (read by Dan Bittner)
UNDER THE NEVER SKY - Veronica Rossi (read by Bernadette Dunne)
Possible causes: bad mood, over-emotional narration, personality conflict, improperly brewed tea?
A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA - Ursula K. Le Guin (read by Harlan Ellison)
HEREAFTER - Tara Hudson (read by Emily Eiden)
SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi (read by Kate Simses)
YA Audiobook Addict has a great blog dedicated to audiobook recommendations. Reading Teen also has an awesome page for this.
Check them out!