My Life’s Quirks – Addicted To The Kate Daniels Audiobooks
July 8th. That is the day I asked all of you if some books are better in audio. In my answer to my own Question I mentioned that I can’t do audiobooks yet because I read…well you all know the sorts of books I read, and I can’t listen to them on my stereo because I am surrounded by kids all day. I also stated something about not being able to listen to an audiobook on my iPod during the day because I am working and need to pay attention to what I am doing. (Funny how a daycare provider needs to pay attention all day) I figured I would only really be able to give audiobooks a try when my kids grow up and leave home.
In that same post I wrote that I was planning on giving listening to Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews a try while on a 6 hour car ride to visit relatives.
Here’s what I learned from that experience: If you love the book you are listening to and if the narrator kicks ass, you will find time and make ways to listen to an audiobook.
Holy crap on a cracker, the Ilona Andrews books are AMAZING in audio. Simply amazing. I have already read the books – they are my absolute favorite – and have wanted to re-read them but just haven’t found the time (with blogging being as busy of a pastime as is it). I knew I would enjoy listening to Magic Bites but I had no idea how much I would enjoy listening to it and how much I would get out of it.
The first thing I noticed was now much more I am learning out of the books this way. You see, when I read, I am a skimmer. I want to get to the dialogue and to the action so I tend to skim the descriptive passages. Well, you can’t do that with an audiobook so I got to listen to every single word Ilona and Gordon wrote. Every. One. It took me a bit to get used to that but soon I started to appreciate it. I really learned what every building looked like and what every character looked like. Yes, I already knew what the characters looked like but I tend to make them my own after a while. After reading a book, even though the author states that this person is a brunette, I might picture them blond and that is the description that will stick with me from book to book to book. It turns out I was doing that quite a bit with the Kate Daniels characters so it really opened my eyes to hear what the characters ‘really’ look like.
Something else that I found interesting about listening to the audiobook is that I am sucked into some scenes even more while listening than while reading. *spoiler alert* For example, in Magic Burns (yes, I have listened to more than one of the books so far and will get to that in a moment), Bran gets killed after doing something incredibly heroic. Ilona and Gordon write him so well, you feel attached to him by the end of the book even though he is sort of a bad guy. When I read that scene, I remember feeling sad but not ‘sob-worthy’ sad. But listening to Renee Raudman read that scene, the emotion she puts into Kate’s voice, I cried. I actually cried.
The big question now is: Why am I suddenly able to listen to audiobooks when just one month ago I convinced myself that I was not able to? I think for me, listening to a book I already read is important. I have to have one ear on the book and one ear on everything else around me so reading something new that needs my absolute 100% all-the-time attention is a no go. And second, the narrator. What a difference she makes. If the narrator is amazing you will WANT to listen to the book. She makes a huge difference and I am so glad that Renee is the one who reads my favorite books. She is absolutely spectacular at it. She nails all of the characters perfectly (well, she didn’t nail Raphael in the second book, in my opinion, but she got him by the third book) and she captures the emotions really well. She brings my favorite characters to life.
I am about to start listening to Magic Bleeds. For those of you who are not aware, that is the fourth book in the series. That means I have managed to listen to three books in one month. For me, that is insane, but it’s a testament to how awesome the books are and how awesome Renee is. I listen while I’m folding laundry, while I am doing dishes and while I am going for walks. I never would have considered listening to my iPod while scrubbing the toilet but the combo of Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman makes me want to try to find new times and ways I can sneak a listen in. I will keep going until I have listened to all of the Kate books. Then I think I’ll tackle the Charley Davidson books next. I have heard that narrator in that role and she does a good job too. Will she be as good as Renee is as Kate Daniels? We’ll soon see…
Addicted to the Kate Daniels audiobooks. Just another one of my life’s quirks.
A big THANK YOU to Carmel for feeding my addiction to the Kate Daniels audiobooks. You are the bestest 😉