#LoveAudiobooks Giveaway Week 2: How did you start listening?

Posted June 6, 2016 by Felicia S in JIAM / 21 Comments



Hi Guys! As you know I am a HUGE audiobook fan! No Way you say—snark this is why we are all friends! I know that you know but still gotta tease ya a little.Β  Welcome to my Week 2 Giveaway! I was thinking back to my first audiobooks: Records of the Hardy Boys and Pete’s Dragon! How cool was it that we could read along with our favorite books and learn to read at the same time! My love audiobooks just grew from there and I love to share it. I love hearing when people pick up an audiobook for the first time and fall in love!


This time I want to talk about how YOU got started listening to audiobooks or why you are willing to finally take the leap!


  • Open to anyone 18 or over that can accept an audiobook from Audible
  • Void where Prohibited
  • Sponsored by Little Ole Me πŸ™‚



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21 responses to “#LoveAudiobooks Giveaway Week 2: How did you start listening?

  1. Sarah

    My first experience with an audiobook came when my mom and I were taking a road trip out to Wyoming. We listened to The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig (set in Montana). Not only did it make the hours fly by but it so totally fit the setting that my mom and I still talk about that experience, more than a decade later. That opened the doors for me and now I can’t make it through a day without an audiobook!

  2. Lea

    I don’t remember my first audio book. I use to get them occasionally when I would travel. I started listening to them with some regularity about two years ago when I was walking my dog and having some anxiety about it, listening helped to distract me and keep me, and thus my dog, calmer.

  3. Janie McGaugh

    Based on your comment, I suppose my first experience with audio books was one of the books/records that I bought for my children! The first audio book I listened to on tape was a Star Trek book (abridged). I loved them because they were narrated by one of the actors. After that, I didn’t listen to audio books for a number of years until I rediscovered them on (unabridged) CD’s in the library. In that form, they were way more expensive than I could afford at the time. I was happy when I finally discovered I could buy downloads and MP3’s at reasonable prices.

  4. remember casette tapes? My mom got us those read-along tapes when I was maybe 4 or 5, and I remember loving it because of the voice and sound effects. now that I’m older, I get too impatient! Sigh. Maybe I’m too uptight and should relax… way to psychoanalyze myself! lol

  5. I checked out my first audio book from the library. I can’t remember if it was the first Charley Davidson book or the first Kate Daniels. It took a bit for me to get into listening but that’s only because I kept checking out and not hearing a lot of the story. I tried it at work one day, but once I trained myself to listen and work at the same time I’ve never gone back.

  6. Back in the day (’80s), my husband brought home a cassette tape (way back in the day) of a book about beaches. I can’t remember the title but am sure I still have it. He was so excited about it because it was a new thing for us. I didn’t listen to that one, although if I find it, I might. But, my first audiobook was The Help and was phenomenal. I used it to accompany the ebook while I read. I strayed away from audios for a while, but have recently picked it back up, thanks in part to you. I’m really enjoying them and finding that I’m listening more than I’m reading lately because it allows so much freedom.

  7. The first audiobook that I remember was Peter and the Wolf and it wasn’t successful. That book scared me and also the music (which I later appreciated) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfM7Y9Pcdzw) . I think I started liking them when I was traveling and really got into the story which made the miles fly by! I also listened to The Hidden Life of Dogs and found that audios even made non-fiction good. πŸ˜‰ Then I met so many audiophiles (your fault LOL) I had to try to craft to it and the rest is history.

    • I just listened to Peter and the Wolf twice, lol! I’d never listened to this as I kid that I recall, so thanks for including the link. I even added this edition to GoodReads and posted a quick review of it. =)

  8. elaing8

    I too had the books with the records as a kid. Those were my audio books. I loved them. I listened to them so often. As an adult I started listening to my books about 2 years ago. I do enjoy them and need to buy them more often.

  9. I was an avid physical book reader only up until I listened to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

  10. I know that as a child, I had the records with a readalong books. I never thought of them as audiobooks, but I guess they were. I had a bunch of those. I loved them. I guess that is one reason why I’m such an audiobook junkie as an adult. I started listening as an adult when a co-worker, who only listened, convinced me to try it. I can’t remember which book it was that I tried first. It was probably something like Anita Blake or Mercy Thompson. I know I was reading those books pretty heavy back then. I was mostly listening books that I had already read. Now, I’m listening to new books almost exclusively.

  11. I listened to these stories as a kid (if that counts) I used to fall asleep to them and loved them…they were bloody, I was weird

  12. Linda Townsend

    Terry Spear, one of my fav authors, offered me the chance to listen to one of her books… I took it. I loved the experience and, years later, I’d so glad as I absolutely love audios!

  13. I’m fairly certain (since you’ve read my blog post!) that it was the Little Golden Books my brother recorded for me. I loved listening to them! Later in life I think my first audiobook was a Jay Leno one on CD. I’ve grown so much now that I know I can get audiobooks online – there’s so much more variety than what’s available on CD! Especially when getting them through my library.

  14. I can’t remember exactly which was first, but I do remember listening to those Disney books on tape “turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this”. πŸ™‚ I started listening to audiobooks again a couple of years ago after I got into blogging.

  15. My very first audio listening experience was from an album, Greyfriar’s Bobby, about a little dog. I drove my parents nuts with this album. From that moment on, I knew this was a reading format for me. My first adult book on “tape” that I listened to in my car was Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear. I bought those tapes, too!

  16. Thank you for this chance! I can’t remember the first audiobook I listened to but I think it may have been City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I wanted to re-read the series before the next book came out and that’s the way I went. It’s become one of my favorite things to do now, re-reading through audio. πŸ™‚

  17. I listened to those read-alongs when I was young. As an adult, I didn’t really get into them until I had to commute on the bus and couldn’t read any other way due to my fierce motion sickness.

  18. I can sort of remember listening to Uncle Remus, I think it was a Disney album. It was part of the Brer Rabbit type stuff from eons ago…lol. Then when I was 18 I tried a Danielle Steele on audio and I was bored out of my mind and didn’t try another one until about five or six years ago and I listened to a James Patterson book and it was so interesting. So I decided to try some more and now I am hooked. πŸ™‚