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Book Blog Talks: The Happy Booker, Part Two

It's time for second part of Book Blog Talks with The Happy Booker :-) If you haven't read first part, you can find it here: Book Blog Talks: Book Blog Talks: The Happy Booker, Part One



A lot of e-book lovers say that they cannot go back to paper books. They are a distraction if not in electronic version and put into an e-reader. Do you still grab paper books?


Yes. I love all types of books although if given the option, I will always choose the audio. I think that books should be bundled with all 3 options available for the buyer.  


Could you recommend some great audio books with extraordinary narration? Why they are special for you?


Neil Gaiman's narration of his books are beyond phenomenal. Of course, everything Gaiman does is amazing, but he brings an extra element to his narrations. Bahni Turpin does an incredible narration of Stacia Kane's Downside series. The original slang language that Kane created for that series, "Downspeak", is performed perfectly in her narration, I would have butchered it trying to read it. Other excellent narrations would be Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, Molly Harper's Jane Jameson series, and so many other amazing narrations that I could spend all day listing them. 


In your opinion and from your observation / listening history are there any books that perform better in audio version than others?


I've found that a narrator can take a book that has somewhat flat characters and breathe life and personality into them with their narration. Alternately, I've found that the wrong narrator can take an incredible book and make it seem flat and lifeless. 


How do you find audio books worth listening to?


I buy them, I get them from the library, used bookstores, Audible, Audiobook Jukebox, and I request them for review from audiobook publishers like Penguin Audio, Brilliance Audio, etc. 



Where do you listen/read mainly?


 In front of my computer while playing Candy Crush. 


Is there any literary character you would like to meet face to face?

What would your ask him/her?


I would love to meet Anne Boleyn and I'd have a whole slew of questions to ask her about how things went down with Henry. 


Any book quotes that you love?


I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don't read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways...It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being. - John Connolly


Is there a book that you just cannot wait

to be released in audio version? What's that?


World After by Susan Ee the sequel to the AMAZING Angelfall!