Thursday, June 30, 2011

June is Audiobook Month!

So as we know, I love audiobooks. Love 'em. Listen while I commute, listen while I do the dishes, listen on the rare occasions that I exercise, and listen while I work. (Well, as long as I'm not on the phone or writing more than a line or two of email. I mostly work with numbers, leaving the other half of my brain free to deal with words.)

June is, for whatever reason these things are decreed, audiobook month. Of course I had to celebrate, by... pretty much doing what I was doing anyway. But since it's now the end of June, and I'm a woman with a spreadsheet, I figured I'd go on a bit about the audiobooks I read this month. 15 of my 27 books this month were audio, which is a typical ratio. Here they are:

Bossypants by Tina Fey - narrated by the author. Hilarious, and probably the more fun for hearing Fey's narration than just reading it. A+ audiobook.
To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt - Anne Flosnik is one of those narrators I follow around from author to author.
Already Home by Susan Mallery
Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith - Lisette Lecat narrates all of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, and is incomparable. She's another one of the narrators I stalk. With my ears. 
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - as I mentioned earlier, narrated by Jeremy Irons. Goosebumps.
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny - is this first time I've heard Ralph Cosham's calm, mellifluous yet somehow gruff voice? I'm looking for more.
Quicksilver by Amanda Quick - Anne Flosnik again. 
The Lady Most Likely by Julia Quinn - Rosalyn Landor has brought me to so many different worlds and introduced me to several worthy authors - I always enjoy her narration.
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers
Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers - all of the Sayers are narrated by Ian Carmichael, who has such a charming voice that I very much welcomed its infection of the Lord Peter stories I read on paper. 
Double Fault by Lionel Shriver
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - This is the book I'll be finishing today, to round out #JIAM. I'm captivated by Cassandra Campbell's narration, and need to remember to follow her more consistently. I've actually listened to her for dozens of hours already, but I have failed to notice how much I like her. 'Twill be corrected!
The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs

So there you have it, complete with the ravest of my rave reviews. If you aren't convinced that audiobooks are superb, well, I just don't know what to say to you anymore.
(Kidding. I love you all. Thanks for reading!)


  1. No Simon Vance this month? :-)

  2. I know, right, Marilyn? I need to find something new with him!