Hi there! Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen @ Devourer of Books, is here! YAY! Unless this is your first time stopping by A Book and a Latte you probably know that I’m a HUGE fan of audiobooks. I was first introduced to them as a kid during a long road trip, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

I’m usually always listening to an audiobook. I listen to them while driving, cooking, cleaning dishes, working out, showering, cleaning house, and doing lawn work! They can usually make any mundane task bearable. I feel super productive listening to a book while completing chores because not only am I checking things off my to-do list, I’m also reading! If you haven’t jumped on the audio band wagon, I highly encourage you to give them a try.

Today’s discussion for Audiobook Week is “2011-2012 Audiobook Year”. In the past year I’ve listened to 42 audiobooks (16 in 2012)! Here are some stand-out ones that I fell in love with this year, and HIGHLY recommend (in no particular order). Links go to my review post if available, or Goodreads.


You can see which audiobooks I’ve listened to and rated/reviewed on my “audiobook” shelf on Goodreads. Also, my audiobook review posts are denoted with a star (*) after the title on my review archive page. This year, I decided to host a YA Audiobook Challenge… I read/listen to primarily young adult books, and couldn’t find a challenge dedicated to YA audiobooks, so I started one! If interested, you can find out all the details on the challenge’s page – there’s still time to join us!

So… what about you?! Are you a long time fan, or are you new to listening to audiobooks? What were some of your favorite listens this past year? I’m always looking for recommendations!

Happy Audiobook Week!

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28 Responses to Audiobook Week: My 2011-2012 Audiobook Year

  1. Randi M
    Twitter: randinicole13
    says:

    I’m very new to audiobooks! I recently listened to A Spy in the House by YS Lee, and now I’m listening to The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg. 🙂

  2. Lucy @ The Reading Date
    Twitter: readingdate
    says:

    Thanks for the awesome recs! I totally agree about The Scorpio Races and Ready Player One, both are wonderful. And Blood Red Road is perfect for audio since it’s hard for some readers to get past the writing style- no quotation marks, and words spelled phonetically. I have the Amy & Roger audiobook, but I haven’t fit it in yet – I loved the book though.
    Have a great audiobook week!
    Lucy @ The Reading Date recently posted..Listening In: My Audiobook YearMy Profile

  3. Great picks! I’m new to audiobooks this year and have listened to 15 so far! They’re awesome. I just finished listening to Ready Player One the other day and LOVED it. Wil Wheaton made an awesome narrator and I’m sure that’s a book I’m going to listen to again and again. Another favourite of mine is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan … my review was just posted today!

    So happy for audiobook week … I plan to mark more on my TBR list AND my wishlist on Audible and will be making much use of my online library account. 🙂
    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) recently posted..AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David LevithanMy Profile

  4. fakesteph
    Twitter: fakesteph
    says:

    I thought the Scorpio Races was one of hte best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to and I loved Ready Player One, so I’m really looking foward to listening to the audiobook.
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  5. christina
    Twitter: ReadingThruNite
    says:

    I find I gravitate to YA audios as well. I’m only in the car a maximum of 30-40 minutes a day so adult fiction can seem somewhat intimidating. I did listen to Ready Player One and that went smoothly, but One Day was a total fail.
    christina recently posted..Audio Week! ~ your audiobook year ~My Profile

  6. kimbacaffeinate
    Twitter: kimbacaffeinate
    says:

    I really need to break down and try one…
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  7. I only occasionally listened to audiobooks before last year. But, now I’m really getting into them. I am listening to Blood Red Road right now (a reread for me) and I’m loving it!
    Emily’s Reading Room recently posted..Audiobook Week: My Audiobook YearMy Profile

  8. Em (Love YA Lit)
    Twitter: loveyalitblog
    says:

    I’m so excited to see Ready Player One on so many lists. I’m needing a new audiobook and that one has been on my TBR for a while now.

    The only other one above that I’ve listened to is Blood Red Road, which I enjoyed at first, but found it was moving too slowly for me and stopped listening. Someday I’ll hop back in, though possibly in book form.
    Em (Love YA Lit) recently posted..My Audiobook Year!My Profile

  9. Sarah Williams
    Twitter: sawcat
    says:

    I loved Ready Player One. I don’t think I laughed so hard at Bossypants when I listened to it, as I did Ready Player One.

    I might have to try Blood Red Road sometime. Most of the bloggers seem to love it.
    Sarah Williams recently posted..Audiobook Week: 2011-2012, Your Audiobook YearMy Profile

  10. Trish
    Twitter: TriniCapini
    says:

    Paper Towns was one of my first audiobooks and i loved it so much that I also bought the paper copy. And I’m re-listening to Ready Player One right now. Such a fun book!! Really need to check out Scorpio Races. I’ve heard so much about it!
    Trish recently posted..My Audiobook Year – Audiobook Week 2012My Profile

  11. Kristin T. says:

    I find that I am more productive when listening to an audio book, too! I love listening while doing data entry for my job or evening while cleaning – it makes the time go much faster!

    Kristin @ Always With a Book
    Kristin T. recently posted..Audio Book Week 2012: Your Audiobook YearMy Profile

  12. I think we’re going to have to declare READY PLAYER ONE the official selection of this year’s Audiobook Week, *everyone* is mentioning it.
    Jen – Devourer of Books recently posted..Audiobook Noir Giveaway – InternationalMy Profile

  13. I love audiobooks, and always have one going in my car. Sometimes it is the only reading I can get done in a day, and that time is precious to me.
    Melissa @ Mel’s Books and Info recently posted..Audiobook Week Discussion: 2011-2012, My Audiobook YearMy Profile

  14. JoAnn (Lakeside Musing)
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    I’ve been listening to audiobooks for about ten years, but have obviously missed the boat with Ready Player One… it’s been mentioned so many times today!
    JoAnn (Lakeside Musing) recently posted..Audiobook Week 2012 Kick-OffMy Profile

  15. I have seen so many people on this hop mention Ready Player One audiobook. WOW! Must add to my TBL list.
    Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks recently posted..Audiobook Week: 2011-2012 Audiobook YearMy Profile

  16. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    Fantastic audio choices – I am just getting into John Green. I will have to try Paper Towns too!
    Sheila (Book Journey) recently posted..2011-2012: Your Audiobook Year – Audiobook Week DiscussionMy Profile

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  18. I loved both The Scorpio Races and Ready Player One, and I just put Paper Towns on hold at the library. Thanks for the recommendations (I may even try them as audio reads :))!
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  19. I can’t wait to try Scorpio Races. How was the voice? For some reason I always imagine Maggie’s voice while reading her books.
    Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com recently posted..Yackety-yak: The Essentials of Audiobook ReviewsMy Profile

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