June is audiobook month, so I thought I would post about how I fell in love with audiobooks.
For some time, I had a job as a bank courier. My job was spent in my car for 8 hours a day visiting bank branches all over my state. Looking for something to listen to I found audiobooks at my local library. So the journey begins.
During those days I listened to many interesting books on CD. Mostly mystery or light fiction type of stories that I could listen to while driving and keep up with the story. While enjoyable, I wouldn’t say that I was in love with the art of audiobooks – or for that matter, had discovered the art of audiobooks.
Fast forward to June 2010, and thanks to Twitter, I leaned that June was dedicated to audiobooks by those of us interested or involved with books in the social media world. So, eager to celebrate with my fellow bookish friends I checked out Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Middlesex is the story of three generations of the Stephanides family. From their roots in Greece and Turkey to their arrival in America and the life that they forged here as Greek immigrants to Detroit, MI.
Their story is filled with interesting characters, secrets, love and family, pain, and ultimately self discovery and acceptance.
What made me fall in love with audiobooks was not so much the story (which is amazing), but rather the narration of the book done by Kristoffer Tabori. Tabori doesn’t give you a typical narration, where it seems like you are being read to, but rather a performance. There are parts of the story where the listener can picture his face all red from effort, or spit flying from his mouth as he energetically delivers a scene. This performance, for me, elevated audiobooks from a convenient way to get more books ‘read’ to an actual performance art.
Tabori’s performance secured him the 2003 Audie Award for Best Unabridged Fiction by the Audio Publishers Association – a prestigious industry award celebrating excellence in audio publishing.
I heartily recommend this title for anyone that has been on the edge about audiobooks. Give it a listen and join me in celebrating audiobook month.
For more information on audiobooks, the Audie Awards, or the audiobook industry, please visit the Audio Publishers Association at: www.audiopub.org.