March 4, 2013 by Heidi
Last year, Jennifer at The Literate Housewife started a fantastic event for those of us audio-bibliophiles out there: The Armchair Audies. Each year, the Audies Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment in a variety of categories. Like most awards, us readers like to predict the winners…but that can be hard to do with nearly 150 nominees overall and only a couple of months to listen. The Armchair Audies provides participants with the opportunity to listen and review the nominees for one (or more) categories and make predictions as to which will secure the win.
Last year I enjoyed reading predictions from The Readventurer, and this year when the call for participants went out, I jumped on board! Initially, I signed up to listen to the Teen category…however, there were 5 of us that did so, and the nominations went like this:
Now as much as I genuinely want to read Enchanted and Dodger (and after seeing their nominations, likely will soonish), I’ve already read both The Fault In Our Stars and The Diviners. I really enjoyed both of them, but I don’t particularly have the desire to reread either (first reads were in print). Then there’s the fact that I cannot stand Christopher Paolini. I’ve tried to read his work so many times, and never make it far–I just can’t stand the writing. So needless to say, listening to the 4th book in a series I found impossible to get into wasn’t appealing. All of this added up to me jumping ship!
I debated heavily between going for the Children’s for ages 8-12 (or Middle Grade as it’s better known around these parts) or fantasy categories. And while some of the fantasy nominees sound awesome to me (again–I’ll likely be listening to them–and CONGRATS to All Men of Genius which was my absolute favorite read of 2011), it boiled down to a time factor. The fantasy category had six books, which is more than the five in most categories, and as fantasy tends to be long I added up the play time to 99 hours and 28 minutes of listening, whereas the Middle Grade will only require a 38 hour 47 minute commitment–much more feasible for me! Here’s what I’ll be listening to and reviewing over the next couple of months in order to make my educated prediction for the Audies:
Of course, I’ve already read Splendors and Glooms, but I don’t mind listening to this one as a reread since it was one of my absolute favorite reads of 2012! I’ve really been wanting to read The Freedom Maze and Wonder, and the other two sound wonderful as well…how will I choose?!
If you’re an avid audiobook listener, you can check out all of the nominations for the Audies here (I’m also totally crushing on the Solo Narration–Female category which my lovely friends over at The Readventurer are taking on this year). It’s not too late to participate if you’d like to take part in the Armchair Audies! Please check out the blog and Facebook page to join in or just follow along, and of course check back here over the next couple of months as I review these titles and maybe some from the other categories that strike my fancy.