Sunday, June 9, 2013

BW24 - The Audies 2013


June is the month to celebrate audiobooks and recently stumbled across The Audies 2013 sponsored by the Audio Publishing Association.  Up until a couple years ago I wasn't really a big fan of audiobooks.  I'm very picky when it comes to narrators and even when found one I liked, would end up tuning out, because my brain was simply too busy.  Then I got a new car radio which was USB capable and had a brilliant idea.  Why not listen to a book I'd already read.  So I began downloading books to my Iphone and listening to J.D. Robb's In Death series and before I knew it, started enjoying my drives more and training my brain to listen to audio books.

Now I find myself listening while cleaning the house, gardening or  occasionally just sitting there doodling.  And I discovered it's a great sleep aid for a busy mind and curl up in bed most nights, listening until I start to phase out.   I'm still picky about the narrators and mainly like female narrators but find myself branching out and discovering some of the guys do a pretty good job without sounding like off Broadway female impersonators. 

Which brings me back to The Audies.  I'm looking forward to checking out a few of these award winning titles.

Audiobook of the Year:  The End of the Affair by Graham Greene and read by Colin Firth

Fiction:  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and read by Claire Danes

AudioDramaSwordspoint by Ellen Kushner read by Ellen Kushner and a cast of others

Classic:   Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens read by Charlton Griffin

Distinguished Achievement on Production:  Dracula by Bram Stoker read by Tim Curry and a cast of others.

There are a few other categories listing the winners and nominees for each category.  Be sure to check it out and listen to an audio book or two this month.  Looks like they are all available at Audible.com


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2 comments:

  1. I really want to listen to The End of the Affair read by Colin Firth. That just sounds perfect!

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