Happiness in Audioland

For a mere few weeks, I have been the proud, proud mama of a brand new, pretty deluxe, silvery iPod Classic. (Said iPod was even engraved with a delightful, secret message on the back by my fella – betcha yours isn’t!)

And so I have entered the delightful land of Audiobooks – I’ve even signed up for a monthly membership at a download-able audio site. Geeky, but oh-so-much-fun.

Here’s what I’ve picked so far:

full_image.jpg Just started this one yesterday – loving it. The narrator is spot on.

full_image1.jpg Finished it. I was worried that I couldn’t possibly enjoy the audio version as much as the novel itself, but it had the delightful effect of making me appreciate Tarshis’s writing all the more. It’s narrated impeccably by Mamie Gummer (that’s Meryl Streep’s daughter BTW).

full_image2.jpg I’ve been doing this one in installments for over a month because how many talking woodland creatures can one really handle in a stretch? I must say I chose it half because I felt guilty over never having read any Redwall, and half due to the awesome fiery-ringed rat silhouette on the cover.

For me, it’s all about the narration. I listen to the sample clips and if the reader’s voice doesn’t make my little ears prick up, then forget it.

Now, a request to all you audiobook aficionados… do tell what your best-ever listens are, or simply share what you’ve heard lately and loved. I’ve got my eye (and ear) on The Book Thief as my next selection, because who could resist this voice?

3 thoughts on “Happiness in Audioland

  1. Kelly

    Yay, Kerry! Welcome to audioland. There is no place better.

    Mostly I catch up on the adult reads I don’t have time for when I’m teaching and reviewing. But, best children’s audio bar none is “His Dark Materials”. I also really really enjoyed “Framed” in audio.

    Watch out…it’s addicting. I now have 2 subs for a total of 4 books/month. I sometimes go over!!

  2. shelfelf Post author

    Thanks for the welcome Kelly! I can see how this could get addictive. Thanks for the Pullman rec. – in fact, I happen to have that audio on CD, but I’ve never managed to get to it, so I think I’m going to download it onto my little silver friend. Can’t wait!

  3. Gremlins

    Hello! I stumbled upon this site by accident, as it were, but I quite enjoy it. An audiobook that I always enjoyed very much was The Education of Little Tree, narrated by Peter Coyote. It’s an excellent book, and Mr. Coyote does an absolutely brilliant job.

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