I think today’s question is supposed to be more how do I choose which type of book to listen to rather than how do I choose which specific book to listen to. Am I right, Jen?
There was once a time when I would tell you that my audiobook choices were mostly nonfiction and rereads. But as I’ve gotten more into audiobooks, my tastes have broadened. Now, I mostly listen to anything in audio because I can get to it faster that way.
While I have gotten less discerning in the genre of book I will listen to, I’ve gotten picker when it comes to narrators. I won’t just listen to any book. If I don’t know the narrator, I check with others to see if anyone else I trust has listened to it. At the very least, I go to Audible and listen to a sample.
And if you are a narrator I love, I will take my chance on a book I’m not to sure about. There are a two author/narrator duos I’ve discovered that stand out because they are not books I would normally read in print.
The first is John Scalzi/Wil Wheaton. I discovered Wil Wheaton’s narration in Ready Player One and I immediately went in search of more books. What I found was John Scalzi, a science fiction author that I would never have picked up in print. But I’m loving this pairing so much.
The second is Jacqueline Winspear/Orlagh Cassidy. I just finished listening the the 7th Maisie Dobbs book (the 5th narrated by Cassidy) and it has become my go-to series when I just want a good audiobook. I’m not a mystery fan but these are just too delightful to miss.
I think I digressed a bit here. Basically, I could just talk about audiobooks all the time. But now I want to hear from you. What types of books to you like to listen to? Are there any author/narrator duos that you adore?