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Friday, June 21, 2013

Audiobook Week 2013: Where do You Find Great Audiobooks?

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This is the last day of Audiobook Week, hosted by Devourer of Books. It's been great chatting with all of you about audiobooks! Today's discussion is based on the following topic:

Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us! We’d particularly love to know what narrators or publishers are active in social media or do a great job communicating with listeners.

I learn about great audiobooks mainly through other blogs. I love requesting review titles from Audiobook Jukebox, which has a list of titles from various genres and publishers.

I am also a member of Downpour.com, where I get audiobooks at discounted prices and have gotten several free through their promotions.

I also visit my local library. For those of you living in the Montreal region (in Canada) you can access the whole network of libraries and manage your account online here: Nelligan Catalogue of Les Bibliothèques publiques de Montréal. You can also become a member of the Overdrive Digital Collection of the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales Quebec, where you can access ebooks and audiobooks. You will need to request membership and they will send you your account number by mail.

For the rest of you, be sure to check OverDrive, the global distributor of digital ebooks, audiobooks, music and video for libraries and schools. This is where you can loan audiobooks for free.

For the last two summers I got free audiobooks from Sync. They offer two free YA titles every week for the summer. It's a great way to try audiobooks and discover new authors. 

I always send a link of my reviews to the publishers and thank them for sending me the audiobook. I have had great response from Carlyn Graig from Post Hypnotic Press, Jill Ovren from AudioGo, and Sarah Jaffe from Penguin Audio. I haven't had any of the narrators comment on or contact me about my reviews, though.

Ever since I read the posts during Audiobook Week last year, I was encouraged to listen to audiobooks and  after a year of attentive listening, I love them! If you haven't tried audiobooks yet, I hope my posts have given you incentive to try them. Happy Listening!


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