Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In Praise of Audiobooks



Giveaway Alert!

The numbers are mind-boggling!

·      In 2017, the audiobook market captured over $2.5 billion in sales. HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House have all verified that profits in their digital units were due primarily to audiobooks. (E-book sales declined by about 5%)
·      Forty-eight percent of all listeners are under the age of 35. Members of that cohort listen to an average of 15 books per year.

·      Seventy-seven percent of frequent listeners claim that audiobooks have helped them finish more books.

(Source: Audiobook Publishers Association)

At first skeptical, I hesitated when Senior Editor Rhonda Penders introduced the idea of
audiobook publishing with ACX to The Wild Rose Press authors. But my well-honed left brain simply couldn’t ignore the numbers and the following benefits:

Convenience

You can listen to audiobooks on phones, iPods, computers, and in the car. While listening, you can do housework, exercise, bake, and complete craft projects and menial tasks such as folding laundry. You may even find yourself working faster and getting more accomplished.

More Entertainment and Engagement

A good narrator will do voices and bring the story to life. Listening to a well-modulated voice is a soothing way to destress at the end of a workday. You can also share the experience with family and friends and then have lively discussions about the book. This comes in handy during long road trips.

Improved Reading Habits

Studies show that 85 percent of what you learn, you learn by listening. Audiobooks help when faced with “dry” content that you need to absorb quickly. The faster pace on audiobooks allows slow readers to finish the book faster. Some apps, such as OneClickDigital, have speed settings that enable you to increase the pace to 2x and finish the book in half the time.

The audiobook for A Season for Killing Blondes is now available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES

Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.

When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

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Bio
In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Where to find Joanne...
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

17 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne,
    Audiobooks are great while doing housework!
    Jan

    janet_kerr at msn dot com

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    1. Good to see you here, Janet. I wouldn't be too surprised to learn that the homes of audiobook readers are spotless.

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  2. Thank you for promoting audiobooks! I’m getting more housework done and the miles melt away during long road trips. I’m listening to about 60 audiobooks a year. I always have one going along with an eBook.

    Looking forward to listening to your book.

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    1. 60 audiobooks a year!! I'm impressed. Best of luck with the giveaway, Jonetta :)

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  3. I listen to audio books while I'm walking. Since I try to walk at least 5 days a week, they are a great walking companion.

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    1. A great way to stay fit and keep up with your reading. Thanks for dropping by, Joan :)

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  4. Congrats on your new audiobook release, Joanne! Audiobooks are great. I'd love to see them insert special effects like slamming doors and gunshots, it would add to the experience.

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    1. Hi Jacquie, I'd also love those special effects. But I'd worry about sensitive listeners who may startle at loud noises.

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  5. I really enjoyed audio books when I worked at the library. I always had one going as I commuted to and from work. What was nice was I could get several discs ahead then let my husband start listening. It was nice to be able to discuss books. He doesn't have much time to read, so this commute time worked perfectly. I am still using books on CD and not tried the audio books on my phone or reader. Neither of us commute any longer, but we do listen to books when we travel. Good narrators make the books come alive.
    I will be starting infusion treatments in the near future. I plan on digging out my Walkman CD player so I can listen to books while undergoing the long treatments. A good distraction plus I get to "read" more books.

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    1. Hi Patricia, What a lovely "couple" activity. Best of luck with the infusion treatments. Stay strong!

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  6. I am a new audiobook convert just within the last year. I am now a huge fan

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    1. Hi Denise, I've been meeting so many converts lately...a growing tribe! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  7. I "discovered" thru fellow bloggers when I was on long car trips. Now I listen to about 70 a year! So I laughed when I saw that 15 number. Of course I read about 120 books also, mostly ebooks. Moving is easier with digital. Anne

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    1. Hi Anne, You're a super-reader and listener! I agree...moving is definitely easier with digital. :)

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