Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Audiobook Week: Mid-Week Meme

Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books, continues with a quick and easy mid-week meme. All titles mention are linked to audible.com.

Current/most recent audiobook:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, narrated by Juliet Stevenson



Impressions:
Although I've read several of Gaskell's short stories, this is my first novel and I'm struck by the similarities to Jane Austen. Stevenson's narration, with a wide range of accents, is excellent.

Current/most recent favorite audiobook:
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield, narrated by Catherine Taber



Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:
Juliet Stevenson. Her narration of Trespass by Rose Tremain and was nothing short of amazing. When faced with a choice of eight editions of North and South at audible.com, my decision was made based her reading.


One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:
Don't laugh at me - there are nearly 150 titles on my audio wish list, so I'll break this down.
Most recently added: 
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penny, narrated by Dan Stevens (thanks, Jen)
Top of the list: 
The End of the Affair by Graham Green, narrated by Colin Firth (!)
A Grown Up Kid of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson, read by the author




Your audio dream team (what book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):
It may already exist in The End of the Affair.

Visit Devourer of Books for links to other posts on this topic.

22 comments:

  1. Trespass was where I discovered Juliet Stevenson too, and I'm so glad I did.

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    1. Jen - Wish I could remember whether I got that recommendation from you or Literate Housewife...

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  2. I hope you love A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. I sure did. JJ made an immediate fan out of me. I can't wait to try more of her books now.

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    1. Juju - My friend Sandy (You've Gotta Read This) has been singing Jackson's praises for a long time. She's finally convinced me to start with A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. I can't wait!

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  3. I have North and South too!! I also added Invisible Ones because of Jen's recoomendation, plus I love him on Downton Abbey :)

    Trespass has been added to my wishlist!

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    1. Staci - I remembered you mentioning that you got N&S after listening to Emma. Stevenson is such a great narrator. The Invisible Ones was added to my wish list today, too!

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  4. I never thought of trying North and South as an audiobook. I have the BBC mini-series waiting to be watched but I think I'll switch to the audiobook - especially with your comments about Stevenson as such an accomplished performer.

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    1. Oddiophile - Stevenson is a joy to listen to, and North and South is shaping up to be a great story.

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  5. Wow Colin Firth reading The End of The Affair?? I have to put my ear on this one!!
    here are my answers: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/06/27/mid-week-meme-audiobook-week-discussion/

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    1. Wordsandpeace - I think I could listen to Colin Firth read the phone book ;-)

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  6. I love that you have a long list on the TBL list. (Wheww! I am not the only one.) I want to listen to A Grown Up Kinda Pretty too!

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    1. Alysia - Such a relief to know someone else with a ridiculously long wish list, lol!

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  7. I've tried but have never been able to embrace audiobooks. I guess I'm just not a good listener! I do keep meaning to give them another try. I know the format has changed a lot since I tried them way back in the day!

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    1. Kathleen - You might want to try again with a book you've already enjoyed it print. That would make listening even easier...

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  8. I've got to get North and South now. I'm so glad you recommended it. I so love Juliet Stevenson.

    I've also got a copy of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. It's time to listen to it.

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    1. Literate Housewife - I'm about 25% done with North and South and the story is getting better by the moment. Stevenson's narration is just as wonderful as it was with Trespass.

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  9. I loved The Invisible Ones, Dan Stevens does such a fantastic job. Will be on the look out for Juliet Stevenson narrated books.

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    1. Nise' - I'm so glad to know you loved The Invisible Ones, too! Can't wait to listen to Dan Stevens.

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  10. I read North and South (in print) not that long ago and couldn't connect with it for some reason. Interesting that you think it's similar to Jane Austen, who I adore.

    Enjoy The Invisible Ones. And I'm curious how Colin Firth does with The End of the Affair. I've heard Joshilyn Jackson does a fantastic job narrating her books and after hearing her speak recently, I can see why.

    Apparently I need to check out Juliet Stevenson.

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    1. Michelle - At the moment, it is primarily class structure, first impressions, and manners that are reminding me Austen's P&P. I'm only a quarter of the way in, so I'll be curious to see if the comparison will actually hold up. Definitely check out a sample of two of Juliet Stevenson reading... she is excellent!

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  11. Ooooh, I absolutely adore Colin Firth!!!

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