Adventures in Audio (Going Bovine and The Game)

adventuresinaudioEvery week in my Teaser Tuesday post, I get to give you a little taste of my current reads. I love reading other people’s teaser posts – although it is hazardous to my to-read list. I’ve been thinking, though, that I don’t usually talk about my current “listens.” I’m a not only a multiple-reader; I’m a multiple-listener, too. I started the habit when listening to the monstrously long Outlander series on audio – it helped to alternate one disc of a Jame & Claire book with one disc of something else: lighter, funnier, different. And then, the draw of multiple-listening was too strong, and I continued the practice. (The picture in the graphic is exactly the type of MP3 player I use to listen to audiobooks – a Sony Walkman – and mine’s pink like the picture, too.)

I almost always have two audiobooks going at a time; I listen to one disc of one, then one disc of another. This only works if the books in question are completely different, of course, but so far, I’m enjoying experiencing audiobooks this way. Often, when I get down to the last few discs, one or the other will completely grab me, and I’ll listen to it exclusively until I finish – which is exactly what happens when I’m reading multiple print books, too.

Anyway, all of that rambling was to say that I want to blog about the books I’m currently listening to, and I’m hoping to do it on a semi-regular basis. Here are my latest listens:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
This YA novel about Cameron Smith, a young man dying of Mad Cow Disease is hysterically funny. Dark comedy, yes, but still hysterical. (And very much for older teens, as far as language and content are concerned.) The writing style reminds me a bit of John Green, but the plot is weirdly fantastical, and I’m enjoying it very much. Erik Davies is the narrator, and he does a wonderful job as the wryly sarcastic Cameron. And the best thing about this book is that I get to hear sentences unlike anything I would ever expect to come across in a book, sentences like these:

As a kid, I imagined a lot of scenarios for my life. I would be an astronaut. Maybe a cartoonist. A famous explorer or rock star. Never once did I see myself standing under the window of a house belonging to some druggie named Carbine, waiting for his yard gnome to steal his stash so I could get a cab back to a cheap motel where my friend, a neurotic, death-obsessed dwarf was waiting for me so we could get on the road to an undefined place and a mysterious Dr. X, who could cure me of mad cow disease and stop a band of dark energy from destroying the universe.

Isn’t that delicious?

The Game by Laurie R. King
This is the seventh book in Laurie King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. The pair of intrepid investigators are assigned to India by Holmes’s brother, Mycroft. A member of the British Survey in India – by the name of Kimball O’Hara, the “Kim” from the novel by Rudyard Kipling – has gone missing. Actor Jenny Sterlin truly becomes Mary Russell as she reads. I listened to the first book in the series, but the library only had print copies of subsequent novels in the series, and so I had forgotten how much I enjoyed her narration. Laurie King is amazingly talented when it comes to writing character and setting, and listening to this book is like traveling through India.

What about you? Listened to any good audiobooks lately?

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10 Responses to Adventures in Audio (Going Bovine and The Game)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Nice! As you know I am always on the lookout for good audios. I just finished Olive Kitteredge on audio, and I must say I was not impressed. I think I can place some blame on the narrator, but short stories I have found do not translate well on audio. Now I am making my way through a Harlan Coban thriller, Hold Tight. It isn’t the best thing I’ve heard, but very entertaining.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris (audio) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I have listened to two short story collections that worked well on audio, if you’re interested: The Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin and Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman.

  2. I don’t know how you do it. I can only do 2 books at a time – one in print and one on audio. Both of the books you’re listening to now intrigue me.

  3. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12

    I always listen to multiple audiobooks too. I have one going in my car and another I listen to at home while doing dishes and cooking. I always try to pick ones that are very different, so I never have a problem confusing them.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..In defense of bubblegum books =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Melissa – I do the same – glad to know I’m not the only promiscuous audiobook listener!

  4. heidenkind says:

    Not really. I got Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the library the other day, but haven’t even started it yet.
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..Searching for Donatello =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tasha – I didn’t count our car audio, which is currently HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s taking forever – we just don’t spend that much time in the car!

  5. Amused
    Twitter: amusedbybooks

    I don’t know if I could have that many storylines going on in my head at once – you are quite the mutitasker! I just got my first audiobook – the Swan Theives a couple of days ago and I am excited to try out this, new to me, medium!
    .-= Amused´s last blog ..California Book Festivals =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Amused – you’ll have to let me know what you think! I don’t know what I’d do without audiobooks now – I listen while I fold laundry, wash dishes, cook, etc.