Audiobook Week is hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books.
Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Find reviews? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us!
Being a librarian I check a lot of the trade journals for audiobooks, VOYA, School Library Journal, Book List, Kirkus. I also look at AudioFile, and one of my favorite sources is Audio Jukebox.
In some ways it is harder for me to find good reviews for audiobooks because I listen to primarily teen books. I can find adult book reviews easily, but finding those teen reviews can be a bit of a challenge. That is why I really appreciate what Audio Jukebox does--they collect reviews from bloggers all over, and books are indexed by title and author--making it easy to look up books I am thinking about adding to my "to listen" pile. I follow a lot of blogs--bloggers are some of the best reviewers out there, and the blogs I follow will often review teen lit. One great blog source is Reading Teen. Finally, I also get weekly updates from Any New Books via email--they let me know what has come out for teens each week as well as audiobooks you can choose the categories that interest you, but I always get the audiobooks and the teens in my weekly updates.
In many cases I take a shot in the dark. If the story sounds good, I'll give it a listen, and I have found many gems this way. While audio production, narration, etc... are important to me, the story being told is even more important. If it is a story I want to read, I will check out the audio and give it a try despite lack of reviews. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised, and sometimes I end up reading the paper version of the book.
I don't buy a lot of audiobooks personally. I prefer to get them from my library because they are so expensive. I have purchased a couple of books from audible, and have enjoyed those, but that tends to be the exception to the rule. My library gets audiobooks in Playaway, CD, and Downloadble forms--our adult collection even has MP3s. So I have a lot to choose from at our library. Our library primarily purchases their audio from Playaway, Recorded Books, Listening Library, or Baker and Taylor, and Overdrive for the downloadble audio. We have other sources, but those are the ones we rely on.
So how about you? Where do you hear about good audiobooks and where do you buy your audiobooks?