2010-2011 My Audiobook Year

How exciting to be part of Audiobook Week, organized by Devourer of Books, one of the first book bloggers I followed, and oh I see that I follow lots of the bloggers who have already linked their posts today!

First as an introduction, I’d like to paste here part of my blog “About me” page, related to audiobooks:

It is only a few years ago that I managed to expand my horizon and admit that a book didn’t need to be in print on paper for it to be a ‘real’ book.  Thanks to my awesome public library, I started listening to audiobooks, and I enjoy it very much – I have never been but impressed by the fantastic job of the readers. It is a real treat for me to listen to audiobooks when I do house chores and when I paint.

Going through last year posts, I realize that I was not always specifying that I had LISTENED to a book; sometimes, I just put it under “books read…”, I guess I was still ashamed?

Well, things have changed, and I really enjoy very much audiobooks, the readers give them an extra dimension. So far, I’ve been very lucky to have only excellent readers; I did notice that for some audiobooks in the public domain, read by volunteers, the quality can be really low, and it does make a BIG difference.

I still listen to audiobooks only when I can something else manually at the same time: dished, ironing or great for that, and of course my rock painting; so it means that if I don’t have too much time to paint, I don’t listen to audiobooks either.

All that said, I believe 2010-2011 has certainly been my best audiobook year, with 14 titles – I know that’s about nothing for most bloggers.

Only 2 were non-fiction:
The Giants of French Literature
, by Simon Winchester. This was definitely my favorite

Among the 12 fiction audiobooks, 3 were classics:
The Metamorphosis, by Kafka
The Canterbury Tales, by Chaucer
The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells. This was my favorite classic on audiobook for this year

My other fiction audiobook titles were:
Fall of Giants – oops, not reviewed!!
The Elegance of the Hedgehog. This is my favorite, though The Postmistress, Claude and Camille, Dreamers of the Day, and The Vanishing of Katharina Linden were very good as well.
The Constant Princess
The Postmistress
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
Claude And Camille
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
I did not like this at all, though I had loved Sedaris so much before that.Dreamers of the Day
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

I am doing an audiobook Challenge this year:

2011 Audio Book Challenge
Fascinated: 6 Audio books.
Hosted by http://teresasreadingcorner.blogspot.com/p/2011-audio-book-challenge.html
I have already listened to 4:

1. The Canterbury Tales, by Chaucer
2. The Invisible Man, by HG Wells
3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant
4. Atlantic, by Simon Winchester

I am currently listening to Cutting for Stone, see in the left menu, and after that, I’ll listen to Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett, whose new book, State of Wonder, is coming out this week! yes, I’m almost always late for goodies.


6 thoughts on “2010-2011 My Audiobook Year

    • yes, wasn’t even funny! Amazing how so many popular authors run out of steam when they seem to want to produce more and more and more quickly. that’s why I’m often waiting before jumping on a best seller.
      Thanks Jen for taking time for a comment here. Emma your neighbor 😉


  1. I’ve had Elegance of the Hedgehog on my audio wish list for ages, but am not familiar with Atlantic. Will check into it further. Thanks for the recommendations!


    • Simon Winchester is an amazing writer, do you remember the Professor and The Madman? he wrote that too. And his reading of his own book, Atlantic, is so good.
      Thanks for your comment.
      And I love your website look, so attractive, I wish I were there on this chair facing the lake.
      Emma @ Words And Peace


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