Thursday, April 28, 2016

Audiobooks... I love them

I love audiobooks. Have I told you that before? Well, I do. Part of the reason is because I find it difficult to read books on kindle or hardcover. I read, but I drift. Sometimes I drift off to sleep. Not that they are boring, but because staring makes my eyes tired. Listening, however, keeps me glued to every word. And when I notice I miss things, I do often rewind and relisten to catch up. The other reason I've come to understand is that I'm an auditory learner. I learn better by listening. So if I read out loud, then I remember longer, or if I am told something face-to-face or walked through something on the phone I learn it quicker. YouTube videos are good too because the verbal explanation comes with steps to watch.

Audiobooks have gotten me away from NEVER READING. I often say I don't read. Well, there was a time period where I didn't. I couldn't find time and reading was the thing that got shoved out of the schedule. Now, I CAN read, but it's through listening. Some people don't like it, but I REALLY DO! So for those authors out there considering putting their books on audio, I say DO IT! If I can find a book on audio there is a higher chance I'll read it.

Some of my recent reads (listens) are:

This was a really good book! I've only listened to the first 4 in the series, so the rest may be better, but I really LOVED SECRETS. The character Victor Bayne could probably be counted in my top 10 favorite characters of all time alongside Adrien English, Miki St. John, & Drizzt Do'Urden!  I know, I know, I'm like 10 years behind on discovering the brilliance of Jordan Castillo Price, but 10 years or not, I'm here now.

The first Book in the series came out in 2006.

In 2006, I was writing a sci-fi book called Escaping Reality. I wrote 284,000 words I think. Sometimes the number 267,000 comes to mind so I'm not completely sure how many words this was, but it was more like a trilogy and since that time I've taken it apart by chapter. It's no longer one doc, but many docs. Eventually, I plan to get back to it, but right now I don't have time. But in the same year Jordan introduces Victor Bayne, I was finding my joy of writing. I had NEVER written an entire story before 2006. So as far as I'm concerned, 2006 was a great year!

Another book I've listened to recently is...

This is a very cute story. My only problem is that I would have liked it to be longer. Like maybe the end of a novel where the things the characters reflect on, are played out instead of memories. However, it was very cute as is.

I also listened to Dirty Heart, which is the last book in the Cole McGinnis Series.

This was an excellent ending to a wonderful series.

I guess I've been listening to more books lately because I'm in a funk. I'm kind of depressed and can't seem to focus on writing. I NEED to write JOCK 4, and I have tons of ideas rolling around in my head, but nothing is coming out. I'm dry. I'm not enthused, I'm not real happy, and I can't blame it on "family situations" forever. I guess part of it is self-pity. "I can't do it." But that only goes so far. I have to pull myself out of this and buck-up and DO IT!!!!!

I'm part of the way through edits of JOCK 3, so at least readers will get that book this year. I don't have the cover yet, but I'm excited for it.

I'm also excited for MY OWN AUDIOBOOKS. If you didn't know, I've got three audiobooks in my publication list.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will leave a comment on your thoughts about audiobooks. Do you have a favorite? Have you listened to any of mine? Which narrator do you like best?

That's all for now.

Hugs (& Kittens- for Jason.)



  1. I am an audiobook junkie.

    My recent favorite is The Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Klune and read by Michael Lesley. He does multiple voices, background noises and it's hands down just the best one I've ever listened too. I am currently listening to How To Be A Normal Person also by TJ Klune and I'm loving it so far.

  2. I can't say I have a favorite. I love audios, I mostly listen to them while I'm at work. It serves multiple purposes - making the day go by quicker, drowning out the irritating chatter of co-workers, & reading!

    1. I like the fact I can listen in the car, or while doing laundry or cooking! very convenient.

  3. I have Lightning Struck Heart in my playlist. I haven't listened to it yet. I have the paperback of How to Be A Normal Person. Derrick McClain narrates that one. He's really nice and has a great voice.

  4. I am actually listening to Lightning Struck Heart right now for the second time! I will say that JOCK 1 is one of my FAVORITES and one of the titles I listen to repeatedly (I think I have passed five times)!!! I am so glad that there are follow-up stories. I have JOCK 2 to read and will look forward to adding the Audible to my library when it comes IS going to be coming to Audible, right?????? I hope so!

    1. I have no control over the audio of JOCK 2. I hope so, but I don't know for sure. And I have listened to JOCK 1 myself 5 times!!! hahaha. I love it. I know, I wrote it, but the audio is so good! :)