I am an audiobook nerd. I love them, and I always have. They remind me of the very act of roadtripping, because my family and I used to listen to them on our long drives down to Florida for Spring Break (when you're coming from Wisconsin, that's a LONG LONG drive).
Now, with the wonder that is Audible.com, audiobooks fill my iPod just as much as music does. Though, I must confess, my listening has dropped off considerably since I don't have a work commute anymore.
There are some books I actually prefer to hear rather than read. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, for example. Her books are short and pure candy goodness. So, I like to prolong the enjoyment by listening to the amazing Lorelei King read them to me.
In YA, one of my favorite audiobook experiences was HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE and its sequel ATTACK OF THE THEATER PEOPLE by Mark Acito. The reader, Jeff Woodman (who, by the way, also reads John Green's books), not only created distinctive voices for each character, he sang all of the song references. He sang them beautifully. Reading the book would just not have been the same, because although I know these songs, hearing them in my head is just not the same. If you haven't read these books, you really should consider taking a listen. Pure joy.
So over at YA Highway today, the Road Trip Wednesday topic is Audiobooks, and who should read them. I'd give a vital organ to have Jeff Woodman read one of my books, but if I had to pick a dream combination of reader and already-published novel, I think I'd go with Jodi Foster reading THE HUNGER GAMES. I'd love her to use that soft West Virginia twang she hinted at in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS to bring life to Katniss. What a dream come true!
Now get over to the Highway and check out everyone else's suggestions!
Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
To participate, just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments at YA Highway.