Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter {early}

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fabric scrap decoupage eggs

Other than church and getting together with family, and some sewing, it's looking like a fairly laid back weekend.  With softball starting and everything just being busy in general, I'm thrilled to have a few days of quiet {mostly}.


Remember this book?  I wrote about it a few months ago and decided that I loved it enough to read the next one in the series.  The author, Marisa De Los Santos, is a really good writer and I'm pretty picky about that!  Her writing has an almost lyrical tone to it; that's the best way I can describe it.


In this second book, her characters are so well developed and it stands alone without having to read and rely on the first book in the series... but I still highly recommend the first book too.

With time being short, I've resorted to audio books lately.  I really do enjoy driving and "reading"; it's a nice way to break up my day and unwind before I get home.  So when I got Belong to Me through iTunes, I was excited.

But what do you do when the reader's voice annoys the heck out of you??  I have found myself even cringing at times as she tries to do male character voices, children's voices, and the worst... a dying woman's voice.  Nails on a chalkboard. 

And then again, it might just be me... ;)

My solution has been to turn off the audio when I can't take it anymore and start reading the book from where I left off.  Kinda defeats the purpose of getting an audio book in the first place but oh, well.  I'll probably just finish reading the Kindle version this weekend because reading is probably better than quilting myself to a quilt because I'm so distracted listening to the reader on the audio book.

I hope ya'll have a wonderful and blessed Easter!



14 comments:

Live a Colorful Life said...

Having been a listener of audiobooks for a really long time, I totally understand the importance of a GOOD reader. Some can totally "make" a good book outstanding and alternatively, like your case, can be just too annoying to listen to.

There are a few books I am SO glad that I listened to rather than actually reading them, among them The Help.

Love your Easter eggs. Have fun with softball. Levi (age 4) is starting T ball this month.

Heather D. said...

I read both of those books, at your recommendation, and I'll agree that they were great! I'm not a well seasoned literary critic or anything but I found them to be funny/sad/real/dramatic, etc., all at once. The characters were great. Audiobooks - I've only listened to a handful and I agree, the reader can totally make or break it. I've been pretty fortunate with the ones I've listened to but there have been a few that I never finished because of the reader.

Happy Easter!

Toni said...

I absolutely love both of those books! I can't wait to see what she does next. I haven't listened to many audio books, but I'm positive I would be picky about the narrator. Have a great Easter!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Whoa, someone's got a snazzy new header! :)

Rachel said...

That's a shame about the reader. The reader really can make or break an audiobook. I get my audiobooks from audible.com and if it's an unfamiliar reader listen to the sample that they have before choosing to buy the book. I sometimes even choose a book to listen to based on a reader that i've enjoyed before.

CJ said...

Loved both of those books and glad that I read them in the order they were written. I liked knowing the characters from book 1 before reading book 2. :)
If I don't like the narration on an audio book I just can't stick with it. Now I am curious as to who was reading it. LOL!
LOVED The Help and The Hunger Games (and 2 sequels) on audio. There are others but those are my favorites.

CJ said...

So I looked it up and the 'voice' of book 2 is different from book 1 BUT book 2 and the author's newest book have the same voice. :S

momof3girls said...

Oooh! I can't wait to read those books. My girls and I love audios. We use a lot of them b/c we're in the car often and can get school done that way. A good reader can make or break them.

Katie said...

I read both of those books right when they came out and I agree, they were good! I listen to a lot of audiobooks, it's my way of doing two things at once. So far I've only been turned off by a couple of readers. I do however, tend to get annoyed by character names. Sometimes they are too...I don't know, too perfect? Too obviously made up?

Anne said...

Happy Easter!

Trish said...

I have an hour long commute to work so have been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. It's terrible when the narrator isn't very well-suited for the book! If you listen to a lot of audiobooks, have you thought about looking into Audible.com? It's subscription based and probably less expensive than iTunes. Also your library might have a good selection (McKinney's keeps getting better and better).

Michele said...

I love those eggs. Did you make them and if so can you tell me how to do that?

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

I love Audible - and totally agree that the narrator makes or breaks the book. I loved The Help and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, for example. I'll have to look up your suggestions - always looking for a good read.

Lynne said...

Eek, I really don't like it when the reader's voice annoys!

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