Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to…
Now that I am firmly part of TEAM AUDIOBOOK and an avid listener, I signed up for the annual Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. My personal goal is to meet the My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) level 30-50 audiobooks during 2015. For more information about the 2015 Audiobook Challenge, click the image below.
Well here it is, three-quarters of the way through the challenge and technically I’ve made my goal of My Precious. I’ve now listened to 39 books, but honestly, my year goal is 50 books, so I still have a bit to go. My rate of listening slowed a little this quarter (from 14 books down to 11), but I’m still going strong. Here is a list of the audiobooks I completed this quarter:
Book 29: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (6/21)
Book 30: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (6/27)
Book 31: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert (7/16)
Book 32: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (7/25)
Book 33: Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (7/31)
Book 34: Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (8/6)
Book 35: Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi (8/12)
Book 36: Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (8/20)
Book 37: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (8/28)
Book 38: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, Narrated by James Marsters (9/10)
Book 39: Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs, Narrated by Alexander Cendese and Lorelei King (9/21)
My favorite story I listened the third quarter of 2015 is Storm Front by James Butcher; however, many of the books I listened to rated an B+ or better. Finally breaking down and starting The Dresden Files by James Butcher was a real treat. I was blown away by the first story, but found myself a bit worn out after listening to the third book, so I’m taking a little break before starting the next title in the series.
My favorite narrative performance this quarter is James Marsters in The Dresden Files by James Butcher. Best known for his role as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, long gone is his cockney accent. Instead, listeners enjoy a deep, rich, soothing voice that embodies all that is Dresden, creating the illusion of actually being inside Dresden’s mind as he works his way through the case and life. His performance alone is worth listening to over and over.
And, I was reminded again of how much I LOVE Lorelei King as Mercy Thompson while listening to Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson. It’s like going home. I listen to her performance, and I go to my happy place.
What about you – how are you doing in the Audiobook Challenge? Do you like to listen? What are your favorites of 2015?