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Subject: Need advice on audiobooks.
Date Posted: 9/25/2011 7:12 PM ET
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After hearing all of you talk about listening to audiobooks, I decided to give it a shot.  OMG! I love it.  My only problem is that I started with the Jack Reacher series and now Im not sure what can top it.  I love the narrator and the books.  I almost thru with this series and need a recommendation for what next.  I have found that womens voices irritate me.  Or at least the woman narrating JD Robb's novels.

Date Posted: 9/25/2011 9:37 PM ET
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Try the Walt Longmire books by Craig Johnson.  They are narrated by George Guidal and he is phenomenal.  I have enjoyed few female narrators for some reason but the woman who narrated Val McDermid's A Darker Domain is outstanding.  Can't remember who she is though!

If you want some Golden Age mystery, you can't go wrong with any of the Agatha Christie Poirot stories narrated by the inimitable David Suchet.

 

Date Posted: 9/25/2011 10:33 PM ET
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Thank you.  I have always wanted to read Agatha Christie and havent gotten around to it.  I will definitely give that one a try. I've also seen tons of posts about Craig Johnson.  Those will both go to the top of my list.  Off to the library tomorrow to see if they have these. 

 

Subject: Audiobooks
Date Posted: 10/1/2011 2:36 PM ET
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The reader definetly makes a difference!  Dick Hill reads the Reacher books, and he is certainly one of the best.  I wouldn't count out all female readers, just because you didn't like one.  I like the JD Robb books myself.  I just finished Gregg Hurwitz "They're Watching", which I highly recommend.  He's going to be my new author of the moment.  One of my favorites of all time is the Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels series by J A Konrath.  They are all titled after drinks.  Intense action, laugh out loud funny, check 'em out. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 4:04 PM ET
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Simon Vance narrates the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson and he is excellent.  I am listening to the third (and final) one in the series right now and I think it's my  favorite.  They are LONG so  be sure to set aside some time.!

I have listened to several of the Reacher books narrated by Dick Hill and I agree with the poster above.  He is excellent.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 7:42 PM ET
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After hearing all of you talk about listening to audiobooks, I decided to give it a shot.  OMG! I love it.

Isn't it addictive? I have no idea why I was reluctant to try them.

Right now I'm listening through Alexander McCall Smith's "44 Scotland Street" series - currently on the 3rd book.

Love the suggestions above. I'm a big fan of C. J. Critt's reading of Janet Evanovich's early romances, and I believe she's done some Cornwells which I want to try because of Critt, to see how she handles that genre.

edited to add here, should have started a new paragraph: Listened to a couple of duds (a Grafton and one of the Cornwell's she did a trilogy on, some cop guy can't remember his name - these two were awful, also couldn't get into a Coulter thriller - reader was awful) but on the whole the others have been great. Needed to edit - didn't want anyone to think I thought a Critt was a dud. She's terrific!

Gail



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Date Posted: 10/3/2011 1:02 PM ET
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I read the Jack Daniels series and absolutely love them.  Now that I started audio books, I dont want to be without one.  I listen while cooking, shopping, cleaning, and when Im supposed to be doing other things.  Now its like I can read all the time. Of course Im still reading a book on my kindle and one paperback at the same time.

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 7:27 AM ET
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Also agree totally that the reader makes a huge difference. I can't recall who the reader is, but I will never again listen to an audio of Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series--only got through about 1/4 of a book before I had to stop and get the print version. CJ Critt is one of my favorites too...I listen to her rendition of Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott series and basically won't even bother reading those in print now. Same with Jayne Entwistle's readings of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. The Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn are brilliantly read by Jim Frangione. I've enjoyed all the Alan Banks mysteries by Peter Robinson that I've listened to in audio whether read by Ron Keith or Simon Prebble.

Also wholeheartedly agree that a reading of the phone book by George Guidall would be worth listening to. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 7:15 PM ET
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I'll have to look for the Margaret Maron audios, Cheryl. I did a search at my library's website and saw that there are a LOT of C. J. Critt audio books I can request. I'll have to check again to see if the Marons are available.

Gail

Date Posted: 10/5/2011 4:08 PM ET
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Gail--regarding Sue Grafton audiobooks--there are two different readers.  Mary Peiffer did a lot of the earlier books, and I really didn't like these.  But I love the later books read by Judy Kaye!  If the one you didn't like was read by Mary Peiffer, I suggest trying one of the Judy Kaye narrations.  They are among my favorites for audio books.

Date Posted: 10/5/2011 7:24 PM ET
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You could try the Donna Leon Commissario Guido Brunetti series, all 18 or so are on CD.  The earlier reader was Anna Fields; when she was replaced by David Colacci, I rebelled, but he is just wonderful.  John Sandford's Prey series on audio is really great, (I forget who the reader is) and apparently Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter series is not to be missed!

 

I also 'read' while gardening, doing laundry, vacumming, yard work, driving, commuting on the train, etc.  Never without the iPod somewhere near... I just love audiobooks!

Cele

 

Date Posted: 10/5/2011 9:24 PM ET
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Ohhh.  The Prey series.  My sister told me they were a must read.  I already read all of Sue Graftons.  Love her.  My library is small and its hit or miss on what audiobooks they carry.  But I will definitely look for all of these selections.

 

Date Posted: 10/6/2011 6:04 AM ET
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LAURA: the reader was Mary Peiffer for the Grafton I read. I'll check my library ILL system to see if they have the Judy Kayes.

The 44 Scotland Street series I'm listening to now has the same reader for the first books, but the next one up (The World According To Bertie) is read by David Rintoul who played Darcy in the first Masterpiece Theatre presentation of "Pride And Prejudice". He later did a series about a country doctor or something like that, and he has a lovely voice, and I'm anxious to find out how he does as a reader.

Our ILL system is fabulous, can get just about anything I request, though it can take a bit of time to get it.

Gail

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 11:58 AM ET
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Gail--regarding Sue Grafton audiobooks--there are two different readers.  Mary Peiffer did a lot of the earlier books, and I really didn't like these.  But I love the later books read by Judy Kaye!  If the one you didn't like was read by Mary Peiffer, I suggest trying one of the Judy Kaye narrations.  They are among my favorites for audio books.

LAURA: update on Grafton audio w/with Judy Kaye. I had time to browse the library this morning instead of just running in to pick up holds and I signed out one of the Judy Kayes which I hope to start some time today while it's snowing (ugh, too early). They only had a few of them read by her but I'll be able to get more via ILL.

I'm currently listening to the last available 44 Scotland Street audio. The last 2 aren't available yet in my library system. I thought David Rintoul was the reader for THE WORLD ACORDING TO BERTIE but Rintoul does the last one, I believe. I was so disappointed, too. I hope it isn't too long before one of the libraries in our system gets the next book because it'll be a long wait otherwise.

I also signed out THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION by Michael Chabon, which sounded very interesting, interesting setting (Sitka, Alaska). Peter Riegert is the reader, like him as an actor so I'm hoping he's a good reader, too.

Non-audio, I have STICKY FINGERS, Nancy Martin's 2nd Roxy book.

Gail

 

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 5:31 PM ET
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Gail--I hope you enjoy the Graftons read by Judy Kaye!  Post back with your impressions.  I'll be curious.  I'm caught up on her, but looking forward to V is for Vengeance coming out shortly!

Date Posted: 11/2/2011 8:50 PM ET
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I LOVE JUDY KAYE, Laura! She's wonderful. I'm thoroughly enjoying O IS FOR OUTLAW; unfortunately I barely got into the 2nd disc when we lost power due to the nor'easter that came through Saturday. Lost power Saturday the 29th around 11 p.m. and didn't get it back til dinner time on Monday. Not long, some people at work still don't have power, maybe not til the weekend. I wanted to kick myself because my portable CD player was at work, if it had been at home I could have listened to audios when it was too dark to read.

Didn't get basic cable back til 10:45 last night, and the digital package came through some time during the night. Three days without my internet - yikes!

Anyhow, I'll definitely be looking for all the Judy Kayes I can find. She makes Kinsey sound like I think she should sound. Thanks so much for the heads-up about Kaye, I never would have pursued more Graftons without your encouragement.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/2/2011 9:27 PM ET
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You should try Michael Connelly's audio books.  Dick Hill also narrates many of them and they are wonderful.

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 6:15 AM ET
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I've made a note of the Connelly books, Jaime. I'm always on the watch for good readers - I just started listening to audio books back in April and can't believe how hooked I am now.

Thank you for the suggestion.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 7:18 PM ET
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I just finished listening to Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series on audio.  They were all great!

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 8:15 PM ET
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Just finished THIRTY-THREE TEETH, #2 Dr. Siri. What a wonderful story! I never would have thought the time and place and hero could be so compelling and interesting.

Gail - now got me those "just finished a great book blues" - what will be as good as Dr. Siri.

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 12:30 AM ET
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Gail--Glad you're enjoying Judy Kaye's narration of Grafton's books!  You're right--she does sound exactly like Kinsey's supposed to sound. 

Jaime--I agree Dick Hill is a great narrator.   I actually haven't listened to him reading the Michael Connelly books--I've read most of those.  But have listened to him read several other books and he always does a great job.

Date Posted: 11/26/2011 8:04 PM ET
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I finally finished listening to Michael Chabon's THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION yesterday but didn't like it very much - I think it was Peter Riegert's fault. I didn't think he was an effective reader, rather monotone and bland most of the time. He sounded like a kid during reading time in school. Nowhere near as compelling a reader as others I've listened to.

There were some lyrical moments in the book but I'm not sure if a different reader would have made a big difference, or if Chabon is an author you'd enjoy more in print. I'd like to eventually try something else by him.

Gail

Date Posted: 11/26/2011 9:18 PM ET
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Am really enjoying the Dexter series, read by the author, Jeff Lindsay.  He really makes Dexter come alive!  I read the first few books years ago in hardcover, but I managed to find all six of the books on CD from my library.  Yay for Dexter!

 

Date Posted: 1/10/2012 5:14 PM ET
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I even went out and bought a cassette player because my library still has some of the older books on cassette.  Lol. I am REALLY hooked.  Enjoying Laurell K Hamiltons Anita Blake series and almost finished with Jim Butchers Dresden series.  Love having Spike read to me.

Date Posted: 4/25/2012 11:12 PM ET
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I'm surprised no one mentioned the janet Evanovich series about Stephanie Plum. There are two different readers and they are both MARVELOUS.

I used to listen to Chapter a Day on Wisconsin Public Radio -- they sell recordings of the guy who does the readings. He is IMHO VERY GOOD! Such a nice voice that one can cozy up to.

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