Friday, October 17, 2014

Gotta love those audiobooks!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett 

Yesterday I got the good word that A Fatal Chapter will appear as an audiobook the same day as the print and ebook editions.  A Fatal Chapter will be the 9th Booktown Mystery, and will be published on June 2, 2015.  (The Good News:  I've seen the cover and it's gorgeous.  The Bad News: I haven't been given permission to show it off yet.)

Everyone keeps saying that AUDIO IS THE NEXT BIG THING.  I'd like to believe it.  Why?  Because I currently have 11 books out in audio. (And another one in production.)  The entire Booktown Mystery series is available in audio as are the first three Jeff Resnick Mysteries.  (Even as I type this, the next book in the series, Cheated By Death, is being recorded for audio.)

Why do I love audiobooks?  Because they make boring tasks easier to handle.  Things like ...





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But I'm not the only Chick with audio books.  Leann's Yellow Rose and Cats In Trouble series are on Audio.  Mary's Talk Radio series is on audio.  Mary Jane's/Victoria Abbott's Book Collectors series is on audio, too!  And Ellery's Book Resort Mysteries have just been sold to audio, too.

So if you're an audiophile, there are a lot of cozy mysteries out there on audio you can listen to.

Where do you listen to audiobooks?

10 comments:

katherine is love said...

I don't listen to too many audiobooks, though I used to, and I think I should start up again. I have a five minute commute to and from work, and when I'm home it seems like I'm always doing something and I don't think to put on an audiobook. When I do listen to them, it is while I'm lying in bed. I love falling asleep to a story being told. The only problem is, it has to be one I have already heard, otherwise there's no way I will fall asleep!

I should listen to them while I am doing tasks around the house (cleaning, laundry, etc). I think I will start!

Colleen Leyrer said...

You'd think I would be more in the loop, with as young as I am. I had no idea audio books were so huge and "the next thing". I've seen them, but I recoil from them. I prefer a good old fashioned book in my hands. Probably because if its an audio book, I don't really get the same imagery in my head as if I were to read the book. I'm too busy focusing on understanding their speech, than taking my time and visualizing it all in my head.

mary kennedy said...

Lorraine, I've become a convert!! I didn't used to like them, and I felt my mind wandering. I don't know what's changed, but now I LOVE them. They make long boring walks go better, I feel more energized as I do the million "chores" to be done around the house, etc. I am definitely a fan. Great blog!

Aunt Pitty said...

My husband and I have depended on audio books for many years for long drives in the car.
I used to listen to books on the 30-45 minute drive to and from the school where I taught, unless traffic became a problem.......then, it was quiet in the car so I could concentrate on road conditions! We still put a book on for anything longer than a ten minute drive. Love them!

Lynda Turpin said...

This is awesome news. I have all the Booktown mysteries in audio and the 3 Jeff Resnick that are in audio. I've been really anxious to get more of the Jeff Resnick books in audio (I know....I've been bugging you about that). So I'm really happy to know that another JR book is coming and that I won't have to wait longer for A Fatal Chapter to be in audio.

I have all the books in both of Leann's series in audio, I have Mary's Talk Radio books in audio (and I'm hoping for the Dream Club series to come out in audio), I have all of the Victoria Abbott Book Collector series in audio, and I was really happy to hear that Ellery's Book Resort series will be in audio. I hope that more and more authors and publishers realize that audio books are "the next big thing".

Gram said...

Sorry. These would have been great before I retired and had long commutes, but now I'm happy with print. :-)

Lynn Delage said...

I worked for the post office as a data conversion operator which means I sat at a computer typing address the computer could not read. We were allowed to listen to whatever we wanted on headphones. I listened to a lot of audio books then. However since my retirement I don't listen to them. They put me to sleep. The few long trips I have taken I did listen to audio books but since I am now unable to travel I like my kindle as well as old fashioned hardback books.

Toni said...

I have a 75 minute ride to and from work and audiobooks save my sanity on the long drive. On the plus side I get to "read" more books than I would have had time for

Linda Rima said...

Listen to audiobooks in the car on my 2 hour commute to & from work. Some mysteries are just better listened than read.

Mama Cat said...

In the car. I am a much nicer driver when engaged in a good story!