Happy Audiobook Week 2011! Just because I'm in Poland, you didn't really think I'd miss the fun did you? I would never fail to bend your ear about my favorite topic. You may know that my goal in life is to convert you all to audio listeners.
Today I'm going to reminisce about the past year (since Audiobook Week 2010) with regards to my audio life. Here are my highlights:
* I won the BBAW Best Audio Book Blog. Granted, I had no competition, and that took a little bit of the wind out of my sails, but I still proudly display my badge right at the top of my blog.
* After a year-long endeavor, my kids and I finished the entire Harry Potter series on audio. At the helm is one of the best narrators EVER, Jim Dale.
* After the Harry Potter audio "project", the kids and I decided we would try The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We enjoyed "The Hobbit" but crashed and burned with LOTR. This is the perfect example of how a narrator can kill a good time.
Audios that tested my endurance (and in some cases my patience):
1. Under the Dome - Stephen King (30 discs)
2. The Passage - Justin Cronin (29 discs)
3. Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving (20 discs)
4. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen (18 discs)
5. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (17 discs)
Audios that tested my listening skillz and brain cells:
1. The City and the City - China Mieville
2. The Third Rail - Michael Harvey (review coming next week)
3. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
Audios that won my heart:
1. Joshilyn Jackson:
* Gods in Alabama
* Backseat Saints
* Between, Georgia
* The Girl Who Stopped Swimming (review coming in two weeks)
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
3. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
4. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin
5. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
6. Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly (review coming this Thursday)
7. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
So there is my year in a nutshell! Stay tuned throughout the week for more engaging audiobook topics, and be sure to check out Jen at Devourer of Books who is hosting our week of fun!