Monday, 6 June 2011

My Listening year – Audio book in the m/m industry

Audio book week begins

A few days ago I came across this badge and followed the link… what I discovered was a planned one week event that really appeal to me – AUDIO BOOK LOVE.

I normally stay on the sidelines and enjoy these type of things – but I found I really wanted to dip my feet into this audio book fest that is happening this week.

If you jump on the main link HERE at Jen – Devourer of Books site you will find the planned weeks listing there.

As soon as I read it and it clicked I knew I wanted to feature audio books in the m/m industry as this is the genre that I read most of now and therefore listen to. As the week progresses I will be sharing a bit more about my love/hate of this area of enjoying m/m books.

While I will try to centre most of my five post for this week on the m/m genre, I must note that I also listen to a wide cross section of genre on audio books  - paranormal, mystery, non-fiction etc, so  will mix in the good and the bad as well – but a bigger highlight will be place on the GLBT audio books..

 

Day One Questions

 

Q - Are you new to audiobooks in the last year?

A - No – I have been listening to them for a couple of years now…

Q - Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year?

A - Over the years the change in output devices has been significant, from the lowly cassettes that I used to play for my kids to CD’s  and now we are in the age of Mp3/4 which makes download and storage so much easier.

While I have always listen to a bit of everything (genre wise),  mood and time permitting – I have only really started to listen to m/m romance fiction in the last couple of years…  mainly because the sub genre I love was not available in audio or I probably could not find it and lastly I was doing OK just reading the book so I was not fussed about changing my m/m reading habits..

As my time became more valuable and my real life job involves me using my hands and moving around a bit I found erotic GLBT (fiction/romance) came about at just the right time and I have not looked back.

Q - Favourite titles?

Oh lord too much to mention…  murder mystery are probably high up on my favourite list because I love love love anything suspenseful.

I will mention here however that a voice can sway my opinion of a book – I have been known to love a body of work based solely on the narrators voice  - the opposite has happened as well, a book I read and adore, listening to it as audio was like a visit to the dentist...

 

Some favourite titles so far

Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

 Sticks & Stones by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux

Mexican Heat –#1: Crimes & Cocktails Mystery Series - Laura Baumbach Josh Lanyon

The Fifth Witness  -  Michael Connelly

Basketball Jones - E. Lynn Harris

Night Watch - Suzanne Brockmann

Five Wishes - Gay Hendricks

I Say a Little Prayer - E. Lynn Harris

Ex-Heroes - Peter Clines

Q - New times/places to listen?

When my kids are out of the house is probably my best times to listen – because I can relax and just listen without interruptions.

I think more recently I am finding I like having it on when I do my morning walks – however from a security standpoint – it’s not a  good practice, so I do try to limit this to when I am walking with a group of people, if I am by myself I never listen to my mp3 player.

I have also tried listening before bedtimes and that somehow doesn’t work for me – I feel tense and I end up not feeling rested if I do audio books before bed – so if I do listen in in the evenings – I stop at least 2 hours before i know I am going to pack it in…

 

Q – Are you an audio book listener…

If yes – How are you getting on?

If no – Why not…?

19 Speak To Me:

Nise' on 6 June 2011 at 14:59 said...

I agree, MP3s make for easier transfer to the iPod! I am fortunate to feel safe enough to walk and listen, although at times I do take one earbud out.

Jen (Devourer of Books) on 6 June 2011 at 16:00 said...

I am so with you on the murder mysteries in audio. Suspense just works SO well in this format.

pattepoilue on 6 June 2011 at 18:35 said...

I'm really new to the Audibook world. I only started last November. BUT now I'm addicted.
I haven't tried M/M audiobooks yet though. Maybe I should start with the Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux audiobooks, i've had their books on my radar for some times.

You know...now that I think about it I have no idea why I haven't tried M/M audiobooks before because i LOVE male narrators. *g*

Erotic Horizon on 6 June 2011 at 20:15 said...

@Nise..

To be honest the upload to the Ipod is probably the easiest part of the whole procedure...

As for the security issue - I live in a safe area- but i tend to have tunnel vision when I get catch up to the exclusion of all else...

So better to be safe than sorry is my motto...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 6 June 2011 at 20:19 said...

@Jen..

Absolutely agree - audio was made for suspense....

Everything really comes alive when done well...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 6 June 2011 at 20:22 said...

@ Pattepoilue

Get to it, get to it...

For a long while I listen to fantasy and paranormal stuff - but once the major m/m publishers started audio books - I have had a steady supply...

I will admit - I read Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux books before I listened to them - but they were so worth it...

:)

Chris on 6 June 2011 at 22:21 said...

I mostly just listen to audiobooks when I'm taking a long driving trip, and then I check them out of the library.

Literate Housewife on 7 June 2011 at 03:13 said...

I might have to take your lead and incorporate a morning walk into my routine so I can get some more listening time in. Good for the body and the soul.

stargazerpuj on 7 June 2011 at 04:14 said...

"...a voice can sway my opinion of a book..."

Absolutely. I haven't been listening to audiobooks very long, but I already have a favourite narrator or two!

Sheila (Bookjourney) on 7 June 2011 at 05:47 said...

I dont think I knew you listened to audio! Impressed! You read so many books and audio too! Awesome!

pattepoilue on 7 June 2011 at 06:35 said...

*g* Then I will!!
Thanks for the recs!

Renee on 7 June 2011 at 07:42 said...

I meant to pick up Sticks and Stones over at Audible. I love this series. I'm glad to know it's a good production.

I really enjoy listening when I'm doing chores. I'm a lot less grumpy about cleaning the kitchen when I can listen to an audiobook. :-)

Erotic Horizon on 7 June 2011 at 17:23 said...

@Chris..

After the drama of me and the Yaoi books last year at my library I am not going to tempt fate and ask for GLBT audio...

The just might ban me...

I have borrowed eboooks from my library before -but never audio - I must try it one day..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 7 June 2011 at 17:24 said...

@Literate Housewife

Walking and listening is just perfect - killing two bird with one stone..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 7 June 2011 at 17:25 said...

@stargazerpuj

I think that naturally happens with us all - I naturally gravitate towards my fav as well and sometimes end up finding new material that I would not have known about..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 7 June 2011 at 17:27 said...

@Sheila (Bookjourney)

I dont think I could get through the week without at least one audio book...

Never sure why people think I dont listen to them... probably because I am such a fan of ebooks..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 7 June 2011 at 17:28 said...

@ Pattepoilue

You must let me know how you get on..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 7 June 2011 at 17:29 said...

@Renee..

I personally prefer the second book to the first... and I thought the narration was well done..

I still have the last book in the series to catch up on...


:)

Just Mom on 8 June 2011 at 14:42 said...

Wow - you are doing a much better job than I am at keeping up with the audiobook week posts - have enjoyed clicking around and reading all yours today - thanks for visiting mine on Monday!