This week marks one year for our Speaking of Audiobooks column. Our discussions seem to get better with each passing month as we hear comments from new listeners and come to know the tastes of some of our regular sharers. Thanks for making this first year a success. Now for our second year!
2010 Personal Listening Challenge
In our last column I announced my very unofficial personal listening challenge for the remainder of 2010. The challenge? Listen to six audiobooks outside of my usual comfort zone within the romance genre (or closely tied to romance).
My original six challenge choices evolved somewhat throughout the column’s discussion as I learned from our listeners that not all of my chosen audiobooks fit within their stated category. After supplementing and moving my selections around, I chose my first challenge category, Fantasy Romance, and took the advice of listeners yet again and decided on The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement. There has been a good deal of praise for this series in our past discussions and I had high hopes. And it certainly was a success! Narrator Bernadette Dunne weaves this tale of magic in such a manner that I became totally immersed in the world of Dag and Fawn and lakewalkers and farmers. The narration added significantly to my overall enjoyment and I’m convinced this is one series wherein audio beats out print. Not only did Ms Dunne’s performance touch me but the content (a large aspect of my challenge) was fascinating as well. I’m certain this will become a comfort listen.