Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hi Everyone! 

It is time for the Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop where we highlight our favorite 3 audiobooks from 2013. This hop is hosted by The Book Nympho, Hot Listens, and Geeky Bloggers Book Blog.  

It runs from Jan 1 2014 to Jan 15 2014.

I only listened to 23 audio books in 2013 (not too bad I think but not a lot reading the other participants blogs.)  
I have already started the challenge for 2014 - let's see if I can beat my total!

My top 3 for the year starts with an oldie but a goodie  . . . 



Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill 
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins 

I love Dick Hill - he was awesome as Jack Reacher!  I would recommend him highly.


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoron Strike #1)
 by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
Narrator: Robert Glenister
Length:  15 hrs and 53 min


This one was a surprise but I loved it - am keeping an eye out for the sequel.




Kinsey Millhone ABC series by Sue Grafton
Narrator:  Mary Pfeiffer
Length:  Usually around 8 hours

I am making my way through this series and I find that Mary Pfeiffer has a soothing, comforting narration style. 




 There are two giveaways today (yay!).  

The first is my personal giveaway.

I met JJ DiBenedetto in one of my Goodreads bookclubs.  James has written the Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Dreams series.  I have started the second audiobook in the series  - watch out for my review coming in 2014.  Will Sara's dreams of becoming a doctor be shattered?

James has been so generous to offer the audiobook of the first in the series, Dream Student to one lucky winner.  Just watch this video, I know you will be hooked.



Here is what the Goodreads blurb says:  What would you do if you could see other people’s dreams? If you could watch their hidden fantasies and uncover their deepest, darkest secrets…without them ever knowing?

Sara Barnes is about to find out. She thought that all she had to worry about was final exams, Christmas shopping and deciding whether she likes the cute freshman in the next dorm who’s got a crush on her.

But when she starts seeing dreams that aren’t hers, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friends, her classmates…and a strange, terrifying man whose dreams could get Sara killed.

“Dream Student” is the thrilling first installment of the Dreams series.


Fill in my rafflecopter to win this awesome prize.

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And we have another big Blog Hop prize to give away:  Thanks to Audible you have an incredible opportunity to win a 6 month (single credit) membership to Audible.com! 

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Thank you for stopping by.

And now, don't miss out on the other top audiobook selections and giveaways.  Visit the my fellow blog hop participants.

40 comments:

  1. Wow, I wish I'd known about this hop...I LOVE audiobooks. I think I listened to 100 or so in 2013. :) I'll be back to enter tomorrow. :)

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    1. Have you entered an audio challenge for 2014 yet? I have one in my sidebar that I will be doing this year - come and join us!

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  2. Yay! I picked The Cuckoo's calling for my hop entry too! Happy new year!

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    1. Wasn't it great! Really hope there is a sequel in future :)

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  3. Oh I love audiobooks. They are my way to squeeze in books in situations where I couldn't usually read!

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    1. Definately, Danny! Makes the daily commute much easier to take . . . much less road-rage!

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  4. I love the Jack Reacher books on audiobooks :) :) Great Choice!

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    1. I have the second book lined up! Hope it is just as good as the first.

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    2. The story isn't as strong in book 2 but book 3 will blow you away. I loved the character development though!

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  5. I haven't read any of your selections yet but the Jack Reacher ones are actually already on my audible wishlist waiting to be read, so I'm glad to hear they were great! And what a great giveaway- I love the sound of Dream Student!

    Happy 2014!

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    1. I am about halfway with Dream Student. It is getting creepy now!

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  6. I've gifted the men in my family with the Reacher audios and they love them! I didn't realize The Cuckoo's Calling had a sequel planned. I'll have to add that one to my list to pick up.

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    1. We are hoping for a sequel - it looks like it from the gossip on Goodreads :)

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  7. Thank goodness I bought the Apple Classic IPOD before joining Audible. I am totally addicted. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. Happy 2014, Debra! I got a Sasa Clip for Christmas, so now Audible is so much more accessible :)

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  8. Happy New Year to You!! I hopped on over to checkout your blog post. I so want to listen to The Cuckoo's Calling! It's on my wishlist.

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    1. It deserves the place on your wishlist - really enjoyed it :)

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  9. I am hear to tell you, 23 audio books it a lot! My goal for 2014 is 24 lol.

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    1. These days it just feels easier to listen to a book and actually sit down and read :)

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  10. I haven't listening to any of your top 3 but I enjoyed the Dream Student video. Thanks for the chance and happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year 2014! Yes, that video is awesome :)

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  11. Chrizette it's been a long time since I listened to A - Q of the Sue Grafton books now I have some catching up to do. :) And the first 5 in Shelly Laurenston's Pride series are available in audio with Charlotte Kane (aka Johanna Parker) narrating - very fun listens!

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    1. The Pride series is on audio! I have been searching and searching . . .

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  12. I love audiobooks I can listen to them while I work.
    Thanks,
    Tammy Hudson
    HUBTIVOLI1@YAHOO.COM

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    1. Oh wow, Tammy - that's a job I need . . .

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  13. As the author of DREAM STUDENT, I can say that the audiobook version that's up for a prize is really, really good. The narrator (Heather Jane Hogan) did an amazing job.

    You can hear a ten minute sample here: http://www.writingdreams.net/?p=800

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  14. I really enjoy the Lee Child books. Wishing you a happy 2014.

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  15. Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I love audiobooks too! With an hour commute to work I couldn't live without them. :)

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  16. I need to get around to ABC series.

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  17. You are the second person to recommend the audio of The Cuckoos Calling. I wasn't planning to read it, but I may have to consider picking up the audio!
    Happy New Year & happy listening!

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  18. I love these hops they let you find new sites to visit and books you may not have heard about. I am a new follower and looking forward to following the fun. I did not listen to many audiobooks this past year, but will share my favorite; it was Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich - great series overall and the audiobooks have a wonderful narrator. Thank you for participating in this fun hop. :)

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  19. Thank you so much for being part of the hop!
    I've had The Cuckoo's Calling on my audio library since it first came out, but I haven't listened yet, it looks like I need to get to it right away :)
    Thank you!

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  20. I've been wondering about The Cuckoo's Calling, I decided I have to read/listen to it after seeing it on your top 3.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. My fave is the In Death series by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen.
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  22. I need to read Cuckoo's Calling. I've hard a lot about it

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  23. Added your faves to my TBR list
    Currently my library doesn't have them on audio but I'm patient

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  24. Only listened to 1 audio book World War Z, Loved it adn would love to listen to more.

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  25. I am new to Audio books as I only listened to my first one in December but totally love them now :) My first audio book was Lust, Money & Murder by Mike Wells and narrated by Sue Sharp!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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  26. Wow! Excellent video! I can't wait to read James' series:) Going on my tbr list now

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