Monday, June 19, 2017

Let’s Celebrate Audiobooks in June & Giveaway


For those of you that might not know, June is audiobook month.  I’ve been talking a lot about audiobooks this year with both my reviews and Audiobook Discussions series, so I had to take part in this event to continue to share the audiobook love. 

For this tour, I was asked to share 5 audiobooks that I think would be great for a new listener or to introduce someone to the world of audiobooks.  I will link to reviews below, where applicable.  One of the things that I think all these audiobooks share is a compelling narrative that pulls you along and an excellent narrator that makes an already compelling story even more engaging and entertaining with the way they present it.  These are not presented in any particular order.

A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt pulls you along with a compelling mystery and Carly Robbins imbues the main character with a personality that the reader can immediately connect to.  HIGHLY recommend this book and can’t wait for the next in the series.

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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe is another top notch historical mystery that I have recently enjoyed.  I am quite sure this is the BEST audio production I have listened to and Moira Quirk is among my top rated narrators.  Her characters are individualized to such an extent that you can picture their mannerisms!  Another that I am eagerly awaiting the second book and will certainly await the audio release.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne is my pick for best of my non-fiction listens.  Not only was the book stellar in its ability to bring me to tears about a historical figure from the Confederacy, which I considered a major feat, but the narration was strong.  Non-fiction can be hard to narrate based on the material being more fact based rather than plot based, but you could feel the passion behind Cotter Smith’s words as he read the material and he brought it to vivid life.

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond brought me to tears.  I don’t honestly cry much while reading, but I have found that an on-point narration can imbue a story with so much more passion than just my own reading of a book that I find myself tearing up more when listening to a book.  A powerful book about love and relationships set in the treacherous world of Antarctica as narrated by the fabulous Cassandra Campbell cannot be recommended highly enough! 

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is a memoir, which is not my usual genre.  This was a book read for reasons very close to my heart, due to the loss of my mother last year and how the author chose this quest because of the same event in her life.  I laughed, I cried, and then laughed again throughout this moving and honest tale of her life.  Bernadette Dunne did a fabulous job with the material – this is actually the first memoir that I have read that was not narrated by the author, so that makes it interesting to me.  She made it feel like her own story.

I would encourage you to pick up any of these books and provided you enjoy the genre, you will not be disappointed in your experience.  And to help you take advantage of any of these books, I have an awesome giveaway courtesy of the Audiobook Publishers Association.  I have a set of earbuds and a card with codes for 3 free audiobook downloads from!  How awesome is that!  This giveaway rules are simple: entries are made via the Rafflecopter below and you must be a US resident (as I will be mailing this out).  I can’t wait to see what you choose to listen to!

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Make sure to check out the other stops on this tour this month to check out all the AWESOME audiobooks out there!  I’m sure you will find something to fall in love with!

June 1 – Lost in Literature

June 2 – AudioGals

June 3 – Book Riot

June 4 – Collector of Book Boyfriends

June 5 –The Book Nympho

June 6 – BJ’s Reviews

June 7 – Everyday I Write the Book Blog

June 8 – Book of Secrets

June 9 – AudioGals

June 10 – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest

June 11 – Great Kid Books

June 12 – Adolescent Audio Adventures

June 13 – To Read or Not To Read

June 14 – Caffeinated Book Reviewer

June 15 – Beth Fish Reads

June 16  – AudioGals

June 17 – The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shh

June 18 – The Book’s The Thing

June 19 – The Maiden’s CourtHERE!

June 20 – I Am Indeed

June 21 – Shelf Addiction

June 22 – Under My Apple Tree

June 23 – AudioGals

June 24 – Books Movies Reviews Oh My

June 25 – Mumfection

June 26 – For the Love of Words

June 27 – A Bookworm’s World

June 28 – Literate Housewife

June 29 – Hot Listens

June 30 – Under the Boardwalk

Copyright © 2017 by The Maiden’s Court


  1. Thanks for the post, and audio recommendations! These are new to me books and they sound amazing! I am fairly new to listening and am loving this medium. One of my recent favorites is Fishers Light by Tara Sivec. :)

    1. Oh I haven't heard of that one, I will have to check it out! Happy listening!

  2. All your audiobooks are new to me. There are so many great audiobooks, but if I had to choose one I'd pick Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas.

    1. The selection sometimes can be overwhelming - especially trying to decide if I want something in print or audio! I'll have to look into that title, thanks!

  3. THe best audiobook I ever listened to was Locke and Key by Joe Hill! It had multiple narrators, background noises and was just a fully immersive experience!

    1. That sounds awesome! I remember awhile back listening to a Shakespeare play done on audiobook and it was much the same as you describe. I could envision the play happening in my head just via the sounds.

  4. Right now, I'm most excited to listen to Silver Silence by Nalini Singh.

  5. I adore audiobooks and I am poor, so I'm delighted to have this chance, ha ha! I cannot pick just one favorite! But I recently re-listened to The Black Count, written by Tom Reiss and read by Paul Michael, who pronounces the French beautifully. :) It's nonfiction and won a Pulitzer.
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    1. That is one thing I love about audio books, the pronunciation of foreign languages. I almost added The German Girl to the list because I loved listening to the French and German spoken by the narrator.

  6. I love audiobooks. One of my favorites is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. Currently listening to Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen. It is excellent. Great narration. You have a lot of great picks here. My top one would be The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. Historical fiction is my favorite! Adding all of these to my wish list on Audible! Thanks for the chance!!

    1. I have The Forgotten Garden in print, but I might have to grab the audio, and I think I have The Bookseller too!

  7. I have too many favorites to list! The first one that came to mind was The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

    1. I love hearing that you have so many favs!

  8. I've listened to many, many audiobooks. My current favorite is the Terre D'Ange Cycle by Jacqueline Carey. I'm currently on Book 8, Naamah's Curse. Excellent narration by Ann Flosnik.

    1. It's awesome when you get a narrator to stick for a series especially when you like them.

  9. One of my favorite audiobooks of all time is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon!

    1. Another I haven't heard of, I will have to check it out

  10. my favorite audio EVER is Ready Player One,, with Wil Wheaton

    1. I was just talking with someone about this book a couple days ago. I heard he was a great narrator for it.

  11. I listen to the Outlander series over and over! My Last Continent was a great listen.

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