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Posted Jun 12 2012, 1:25 am

That’s right, folks! June is Audiobook Month. Woot! Woot!

I gotta tell ya, I have loved audiobooks for many a year. I first discovered them while making the hazardous (okay, not really) journey to and from Albuquerque when my eldest, who was born deaf, was just a little guy. We had to venture back and forth quite often for testing and whatnot, then I packed up both my boys and put them in school there, which meant making that trip every other weekend for seven years. It was either that or only see my husband every four months or so. Not in this lifetime. So the two of us took turns going back and forth on the weekends and that’s when I discovered that I gravitated toward books read by my favorite narrators, no matter the genre. 

Lorelei King, Teri Hamilton Garrett, moi.

On the left is Lorelei King, my #1 favorite narrator even before she started reading the Charley Davidson series, and in the middle is Teri Hamilton Garrett, a great friend and fellow lover and advocate of audiobooks. 

Other favorite narrators include Tavia Gilbert, Johnny Heller, Edoardo Ballerini, Edward Hermann, Eric G. Dove, Victor Slezak, Jim Dale, Emma Galvin, Dion Graham, the ultimate and uber-talented Neil Gaiman…I could go on and on. Honestly, there are so many wonderful voices out there and incredibly talented narrators who bring books to a whole new level. 

And in case you are wondering, no, it’s not cheating. You can keep up with your reading while driving or cleaning house. It’s still literature! 

I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career because Macmillan chose to put the Charley Davidson series on audiobook. I was floored when I first heard this. And when I found out my favorite narrator, Lorelei King, was going to be reading them? Well, I was stunned, to say the least. She reads two of my favorite series: The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. 

I know, right??? 

If you have’t had the chance to listen to an audiobook, it’s never too late to start. Audiobooks are surging in sales partly because, with our busy lifestyles, tons of people are learning to love them while listening during commutes, on airplanes, and doing mundane tasks like housework, exercise, and gardening. They make the time fly! 

So, what about you? Listened to any good audiobooks lately? 🙂 



39 responses to “JUNE IS AUDIOBOOK MONTH!”

  1. I love, love, love Nathaniel Parker! I wish he did more audios. I listened to audios when I delivered the newspaper. I knew my route so well I did it automatically while listening to books. Now, I like to listen while on the treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike because I find myself pushing a little longer just to listen to a bit more of the book. 🙂

  2. Sheryl says:

    I also love audiobooks! And a narrator can make or break one, in my opinion. One of my favorite readers is James Marsters (yes, of Buffy fame). He read all but the last of the Jim Butcher Harry Dresden series. He made those books even better than they are on paper!

    • darynda says:

      I knew I was forgetting someone!!! I LOVE James Marsters! How could I forget him. Sigh….

      Thanks for reminding me, Sheryl! He’s awesome!

  3. LK says:

    I love Lorelei King’s narration of the Charlie books! Most memorable moment was when she read ‘steel buttocks’ from First Grave. 😛

  4. Twyla Marti says:

    Had to give a thumbs up for Judy Kaye who reads the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton. She really must be Kinsey Milhone in a secret life. 🙂

    • darynda says:

      Oh, yes!!! I’ve listened to those! Wonderful! And I agree. I think these narrators must secretly live the lives they read. They truly become the characters.

  5. Amy says:

    I love Audiobooks, they’re fantastic for drowning out the noise on public transport!! I adore James Marsters just pure indulgent sexiness. I also like Amanda Ronconi who narrates the Molly Harper books.

    • James’s voice is to die for, right? Wonderfully deep and smooth. And I LOVE Molly Harper! We went to see Hunger Games together in Chicago. LOL. I have her books downloaded but haven’t listened to them yet. I can’t wait now! I’ll get to discover a new narrator. Yes!

      TY, Amy!

  6. Diane says:

    I’m a huge audiobook fan too. All the readers you mentioned are wonderful. I also really enjoy George Guidell. He’s read many books, but I think they were all in preparation for performing Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series. He is amazing.
    Also, no one but Susan Erickson could read J.D. Robb!
    Can’t wait for the next Charley Davidson book!

  7. Tabitha says:

    Lorelei King is my #1 favorite narrator too! She’s actually the reason I discovered the Charley Davidson books! (I loved her from the Stephanie Plum books, and searched for more books by her.) I also agree about Emma Galvin; she did an excellent job on the Divergent series!

    P.S. I absolutely adore your books; Charley is just too awesome!

  8. Diane says:

    The last new audiobook I listened to was yours: Third Grave. Right now I’m re-listening to Archangel’s Kiss , enjoy that series too!

  9. Mud says:

    Phil Gigante. He’s awesome! Amazing voice of the KMM Shadowfever series. He IS JZB 🙂 another is Dick Child, the voice of Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise will never be Reacher (bad actor choice for the movie…)

    • See! Another one I forgot to list. I love Phil!!! And, I’m right there with ya on the other thing. I was very bummed when I heard that.

    • Margot says:

      Another huge thumbs up for the marvelous Phil Gigante. What he does with KMM’s Highlanders and the Shadowfever series…well, whew! It just got really hot in here!

  10. Yvette says:

    We seem to have similar taste in narrators as well as books. So on that note…I love, love, love, love, Jennifer Ikeda (A Discovery of Witches). She is exceptionally talented.

  11. Wendy Kay says:

    I really love, love audio books! I started listening when I was painting/crafting. I have about 400 audio books in my collection! Another great narrator is Katherine Kellgren from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. I love Davina Porter from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon too. Can’t wait to listen to more of Charlie in book 4!!

  12. Yvette says:

    I forgot to mention a couple more favorites! I love Luke Daniels (reads The Iron Druidism Chronicles by Kevin Yearns) and Renee Raudman (reads the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews).

  13. Genevievd says:

    So, first off. I had no idea what a popular author you are, and thought you were my private treasure. Then I thought… God I wish these books were popular enough to be made into audio books. Then, all in the same week, I learn that you are not only a best selling author, but you have audio books. I love you.

  14. Nike says:

    Lorelei King does such a great job of bringing the Charlie and the other characters in your book to life! I have listened to the series multiple times! The writing is fantastic and McMillian chose the perfect voice to narrate!

  15. Lisa says:

    Several years ago (10+) I had listened to an audio book, but at the time I had kinda thought of it as cheating (I was still in high school and had the free time to read). A few years a go my husband, who has a reading difficulty, suggested audio books. So he and I listened to the Twilight audio book on a trip and we enjoyed it. Since then we have bought several more audio books, some for books that we already own and some that we don’t have. My husband likes to read a book first, and then listen to the audio so he can hear how names are pronounced and to hear if he missed anything because he misread something. One thing I don’t like is when they switch narrators in the middle of a series though. In the House of Night series they did that and the two narrators pronounce names differently and it is a little confusing at first.

    • Oh, wow, I never thought of that, Lisa. I wonder why they switched. I’m so glad you are enjoying audiobooks though! And sharing that experience with your husband. How fun!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Love Marguarite Gavin (not sure I’m spelling that right)-she reads Kim Harrison’s Hollows series and she knocks Ivy and Jenks out of the Park. She’s fantastic. And I second Jennifer Ikeda-loved her rendition of DoW and am so glad she’s back for the second book. And also Kate Reinders who did the audio on the Tempest series by Nicole Peeler. Cracked me up. And I agree on Loralai King!!!!

    I love audio books-they make my daily commute to and from work pleasant even when the mean freeways of Dallas/Fort Worth turn into stupid, hot, sweltering parking lots.

  17. Ket says:

    I’ve listened to audiobooks for years and all my favorite narrators have been mentioned. My two favorites are Susan Ericksen and James Marsters. I can get through so many more books because I can listen almost anywhere. TV does not appeal to me so books are my major entertainment.

    I adore your Charley Davidson books and am anxiously waiting for the next one. Thanks for all the fun!!

  18. Angela Phillips says:

    Is Lorelie King going to narrate the 4th Charley book? Hopefully soon? =) What about your YA series, any chance they will become audibooks too?

  19. Janet says:

    I am pretty sure I am addicted to audio books. I have been listening to them for well over 15 years. Lorelie King is my very favorite reader although most of the others mentioned are among the very best to listen to. Thank you for the opportunity to express my love of audio books.

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