24 June 2010

Audiobook Week: When Do You Listen?

Today is the fourth day of Audiobook Week 2010. This fabulous event is the dream child of Jen of Devourer of Books. Be sure to read her Audiobook Week information post and the post listing the great prizes available for participants! (I'll be offering one of those prizes on Friday, so be sure to come back!)

For the first four days of Audiobook Week, I plan to post on the daily topic. On Friday, I am going take a different path. I hope you take the time to visit all the participating blogs; you can find them by checking out Jen's blog and clicking on the Mr. Linkys.

When Do You Listen to Audiobooks?

I listen to audiobooks almost every chance I get. Here are just some of the activities that go better with an audiobook.

Picking berries, drinking coffee, playing computer games.

Cooking, driving, dusting.

Gardening, grilling.

Relaxing, walking.

Where and when do you listen to books?

(Pardon the poor quality of the photos -- one handed quick shots are not conducive to art!)

Audiobook Week Extra

Today's audiobook review, Bog Child, is set in Ireland. I've spent a few hours listening to Irish stories. Here some Irish audiobooks that I've enjoyed:

The Artemus Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (I've listened to six)
Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor (I've listened to three)
The Tavern on Maple Street by Sharon Owens (I know Owens has more out on audio)
Blessed Are the Cheesemakers bySarah-Kate Lynch (yes, that's the title & I reviewed it)

On my wish list are the Ireland books by Edward Rutherfurd: The Princes of Ireland and The Rebels of Ireland.


gnoegnoe 6/24/10, 7:01 AM  

It's amazing how often you 'read' audio books! I tried listening to Paul Auster's Invisible while baking some poppyseed scones (weekend cooking! ;) during the readathon, but I lost track almost immediately. I started over... but it happened again. Maybe I need to concentrate more because English is not my native language -- and I was really focusing on the recipe ;)

Also, 'gardening' on my balcony and hiking are meant to clear my head; can't do that while listening to a book! But I should try combining it with dusting/ironing and other housekeeping sometime.

So, when do I *do* listen to audio books? In bed and while commuting, when my eyes are too tired for action ;)

Lovely post -- and enjoy the rest of your audio week!

bermudaonion 6/24/10, 7:27 AM  

I can do all of those while I listen, except play a game. The game would take too much of my brain, and wouldn't leave enough for me to concentrate. Cute post!

Beth 6/24/10, 7:44 AM  

I love the pictures of you "reading". I'm just getting into audiobooks, and I started listening mainly to have something to do while I run. I always forget that I can listen while I'm cooking or cleaning too! Baking though, that might be off limits!

Jen Forbus 6/24/10, 7:51 AM  

This is fantastic! I love it and agree with every single one.

Another series from Ireland is Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series. It's dark but incredibly rich and unique. Poetic even. I love it.

Julie P. 6/24/10, 8:14 AM  

What a terrific and creative post. I swear I'm almost there with audio books after all the great posts!

Molly 6/24/10, 8:18 AM  

Ok --- you have opened my eyes to all the listening opportunities in my life :)

I did obtain three different audio books to take on our car trip to St. Louis/Chicago: A Wrinkle in Time, Shadow of the Wind, and The Thunderbolt Kid. Hopefully my hubby won't mind listening for a while.

I loved the photo montage!

Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading 6/24/10, 8:49 AM  

I used to listen to audiobooks more-before a shorter commute and a young child in the home-but then I listened to them while cleaning and driving. Now I just listen when I am exercising. It helps me forget how much I hate running!

the Ape 6/24/10, 9:01 AM  

Doing the dishes, walking to the grocery store, balancing the checkbook. Basically any activity where my eyes have to be engaged, but my mind doesn't. Perhaps I should try while watching television.......

Sandy Nawrot 6/24/10, 9:12 AM  

Haha! You did the same thing as I did! I love it...those pictures could just as easily be me.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 6/24/10, 10:18 AM  

I love your visual story. Listening while playing a game is the only one I can't do.

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JoAnn 6/24/10, 11:47 AM  

Great photos... just goes to show that any time can be audiobook time!

Jen - Devourer of Books 6/24/10, 12:03 PM  

This was a GREAT post! I love it. If I'd thought to just take a picture of my Ipod everywhere I actually *could* have done pictures, I was thinking I needed Brian to take pictures of me doing everything and that never happened.

Literate Housewife 6/24/10, 2:41 PM  

This is an awesome photo collection. What a great idea!!! You are so much more creative in when and where you listen to your audiobooks. Thanks for the ideas!

Mel 6/24/10, 3:20 PM  

I am pretty much a car person for listening, but sometimes my family listens together after dinner.

Lahni 6/24/10, 4:52 PM  

Don't listen to the seventh Artemis Fowl - they changed the reader (I don't know why - I assume they had a good reason) and I found it really confusing because the new guys accents were wrong. I quit halfway through and got the book.

Beth F 6/24/10, 4:56 PM  

Lahni -- thanks sooooo much for the warning. I will just go ahead and read it in print. Drat.

Shelley (Book Clutter) 6/24/10, 6:28 PM  

I love the pics! That pretty much covers it all! I can only listen and cook if it's something I've made 100 times. And I've never tried while playing games. I would imagine my performance at both would suffer!

leeswammes 6/25/10, 4:39 AM  

Great pictures!!

I don't listen to audiobooks at all at the moment. I find it hard to concentrate, keep missing bits. I'm a visual person, not an auditory one - I also don't like listening to the radio, except sometimes in the car, when I don't do anything else (as a passenger).

Dorte H 6/25/10, 2:44 PM  

That´s easy: Never.

(And I promise to come back soon for a proper blog visit. My holiday begins now so when I have slept for a few days ...)

Alison's Book Marks 6/26/10, 11:20 AM  

I love your pictures - your iPhone is like Flat Stanley!

And your day lilies make me so sad...damn deer. grrr. (I had a TON of them - orange and yellow)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 6/26/10, 5:59 PM  

I love the perspectives in all these photos, especially relaxing with your feet up!

Jenners 6/26/10, 11:03 PM  

I don't think I have the brainpower or attention span to play computer games while listening ... too much going on!

Michelle 7/5/10, 8:26 AM  

HA! I think you did a great job with the pictures.

I really need to get my car fixed up so that I can properly connect my ipod to the radio. The FM receiver doens't have any decent quality at all.

I wish I was able to better concentrate on an audiobook while working but I always start a chapter only to find myself two chapters later wondering what happened.

elizabethwillse.com 10/30/11, 6:00 PM  

I use audiobooks pretty much solely to get myself to sleep. So I'm old school, I use a CD player that can play me a CD, and I can be cozy in the dark while I "read" a book.
Mostly, I use books I've read a bunch of times and love.

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