Welcome to Audiobook Week – Day #3 here at Going Public!
**UPDATE ON GIVEAWAY – WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN AND NOTIFIED**
Recap: Monday through Friday of this week, I (Xe) will be posting new Going Public content and blog posts in conjunction with the wonderful audiobook promotional effort of Jen at Devourer of Books. Need further info on Audiobook Week? Pop over to here and check out all the wonderful content flowing in from bloggers all over the cyberverse. For earlier posts, please scroll down or see the side bar.
Wednesday’s mid-week meme!
Current/most recent audiobook:
Most recent was actually to one of mine, as I do a full listen before I submit it for publication: Hunting Julian, by Jacqueline Frank.
Most recent recreational listen was The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø, narrated by Robin Sachs.
I’ll skip mine and jump straight to The Snowman. Impressions? I’ll offer this as I experienced it intuitively when I listened:
Er, sex? Now?
Oh..oh that’s not good…
Dear god, that’s twisted…
Sweet Bob, this is well-written.
I shouldn’t like Harry, right? Damn, too late.
Thoroughly confused…but I like it.
…and that was just about the story. Sachs’ narration is sheer brilliance in this one. His voice for Harry and the killer in particular, were just perfect. It’s a tricky business to voice a killer without giving away the identity before the author intends it without also cheating. Sachs does this perfectly, so that even when I finally guessed, it was not because of any reveal on his part, other than the author’s intent.
Current/most recent favorite audiobook:
My favorite recent listen has to be The Thirteenth Tale. I think I would have found it more tedious in print, but Amato’s pacing and voicing of the main character was so engaging and perfectly matched with the character’s personality that I simply couldn’t stop listening. Tanner’s narration was also good, although I think I was very biased by Amato’s initial voicing of Tanner’s character, which made it difficult to accept Tanner’s delivery once her sections began. But I got over my bias eventually 🙂
Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:
Two. Bianca Amato and Dan Stevens. I have yet to hear all of The Invisible Ones, but can.not.wait.
One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:
I’m so very picky about audiobooks (I really am – it’s a bit ridiculous, actually). But after being bludgeoned with good commentary on Wil Wheaton’s narration of Ready Player One, I succumb! I will put this on my TBL!
Your audio dream team (what book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):
At the risk of sounding like a complete fangirl, I will offer this: I think either Robin Sachs alone or a dual narration between him and Bianca Amato of Lady Chatterley’s Lover would be pretty amazing.
And now, for those who are following along with our downward spiraling narrator trapped in that horrid room…
The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Part 2 of 3
(and if you cannot see the player above, you can access it via the SoundCloud page for The Yellow Wallpaper).
The Triple-threat Giveaway: 1 Audio + 1 Print Book + 1 Custom Piece
Leave a comment on any of my Audiobook Week posts before 8PM PST on Friday, 6/29, and you will be entered to win a gift package including:
- 1 Audiobook of mine, from either Tantor (Mp3 CDs or digital download) or Iambik (download only)
- 1 Print book of your choice from the ARCs below**
- I’ll narrate the poem or short story of your choice (some restrictions on length/content)
…and for each post you comment on, you get your name added into the hat another time. Comment on all five posts, and you’ll have five chances to win! Regrettably, if you are outside the US, I can only offer item #3.
If you’ve got a Twitter handle, please list it in your comment so I can more easily notify you.
Winner will be announced here, and via my and Going Public’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. Winner will have until 5PM PST on Saturday, 6/30 to make their print and audiobook selections (more time can be taken for the custom recorded piece ) Please be sure to check one of those sources after the close of the drawing.
**print ARCs to choose from:
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
- The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny
- Gold, by Chris Cleave
- In Search of Lucy, by Lia Fairchild