Jun 28, 2012

the.book.chat. {audiobooks}

It's Thursday again!
This week we are talking about audiobooks!  I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this topic.  You can share your favorites or you can just share your thoughts in general.  As always, anything goes!

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I've only listened to three books on audiobook, so I'll give you my review on those three.

1. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
I "read" this for a YA Lit class in college.  I was so busy reading so much for school, when I found this audiobook at the library, I decided to listen to it during my long commutes.  It was my first experience with audiobooks and it was a very pleasant one.  Not only is this an excellent book, the audiobook, I think, made it even better.  Because the story took place around a Mexican family, the reader's accent and fluency in Spanish made the story that much more authentic.  I often found myself sitting in the driveway not wanting to get out of the car because I was too enthralled in the story.
As for the novel itself, I would say it's geared towards readers ages 10-16, but even I enjoyed it immensely.  It is such a beautiful story and it gave me a new perspective on a very controversial issue. I highly recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars

2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
This was one audiobook where I felt reading the book would have been better simply because of the reader.  She had this very high-pithched, valley-girl voice.  It was almost unbearable at first.  I got used to it after a while, and I think it fit the story in a way.  I learned that the reader makes all the difference.  Room by Emma Donoghue was one audiobook that I could not even finish the first chapter because the readers voice was so unbearable.  It was an adult's voice read as a child's voice.  I just couldn't take it seriously.
As for Along for the Ride as a novel, I thought it was good, not great, but good.  I think it's probably just not my style.  The story was nice and there was a good amount of depth to it considering how I expected it to be on the shallow side.  I know there are many Dessen fans out there, and as far as contemporary teen lit goes, I can see why she's so popular.
3 out of 5 stars

3. Fire by Kristin Cashore
I love, love, love this book and audiobook. After listening to half of this book in my car, I chose to rent the physical book itself so that I could read it when I wasn't in my car. I couldn't get enough!  This did create a minor problem though because it was hard to find where I left off on the audiobook when I got back in my car. I actually preferred to listen to the audiobook because I enjoyed the reader's voice so much.  She had an exquisite British accent so that even when I was reading the book in bed at night, I was reading it with a British accent in my head. Ha! There were times I would find an excuse to drive somewhere just so I could hear it. 
As for the novel itself, I cannot rave enough about Kristin Cashore.  She is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA writers.  The world she has created in Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue is so enthralling and consuming, I never want to leave.  On top of that, her female characters are some of the best in her genre.
5 out of 5 stars

Well there are my reviews.  All in all, I would say that the reader makes all of the difference when it comes to audiobooks.  I love getting audiobooks from the library and putting them on my iPod.  It's just too easy.  Unfortunately, I can't listen to them all the time because the boys are adamant on not letting me enjoy them.  This is all I hear from the backseat:  "What happened?" "Who did that?" "Why is she crying, Mom?"  So I just turn on Kids Place Live instead.

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!  Link up below.

Next week's prompt: Your favorite author.


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7 comments:

TheUnlostWanderer said...

I'm a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan, but I've never listened to any on audiobooks. I've been reading her work for several years, and base a lot of my writing on the way she writes. I think that she does have a specific style that is not for everyone based on the genres they prefer to read. All of her books do have a lot of depth and great stories for positive girl power. Lock and Key is my favorite of her novels :]

Erinn said...

The reader of the audiobook makes such a big difference! Both of my experiences with audiobooks were awesome because the reader was really good. I believe both readers of the audiobooks I've listened to have won awards because of how good they are. I think if the reader didn't have a voice I liked, no way would I finish it.
--Erinn

B E C K Y said...

Audio books are the best way to spend 15 hours in a car.

Katie Price said...

Aw, I used to teach Esperanza Rising to my advanced 4th graders. I worked at an elite private school, so I always enjoyed sharing with those kids another side to life.

Melissa said...

I've never listened to an audiobook before! Crazy right? It's just never appealed to me. The actual READING was always my favorite part & I felt like audio books kinda took that away from me. Although I know a lot of people LOVE them.

I'm going to try and schedule next week's post in advance because I don't know where I'll be at this time next week! But I like the prompt.. a LOT. Can I pick just one? We will see!

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

Yeah, while it wasn't my style, I could see why so many people do enjoy her. She's a very talented writer. :)

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

I enjoy audiobooks but it definitely gives you a different experience. :)
Hope you can join us for next week's book chat! :)

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