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May 2016 (520 new)
May 24, 2016 08:19AM

596 Patricia wrote: "How bizarre!
I was just searching for a book at Audible, they didn't have what I was looking for but one of the ones that came up in the search is called "Waves: The Sounds of Britain's Shores" htt..."

Maybe it will be a water-logged book full of blank, wavy pages.
May 2016 (520 new)
May 24, 2016 07:45AM

596 ❆ Crystal ❆ wrote: "Sometimes you can buy a few extra days if you turn off the auto check out. I get 5 days from notification to pick the book up."

It's a great strategy. I do the same thing.
May 23, 2016 07:47AM

596 Rarely is there anything on my wishlist that appears in these sales. This time there was one. As I looked through the items, I noticed an inordinate number of books that I have already read, also a first. I also noticed 4 that were formally on my to-read that I deleted because I like to keep my list to below 100, in hopes they would appear in a sale such as this. So I bought them (all history related):

Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
May 22, 2016 05:58PM

596 Michael wrote: "Thanks. Hmm, I wonder what is up with mine then. Just odd I have the same issue on my phone and computers.

Can you check that the items are in your wishlist? I just checked, and now it isn't givin..."

I have the same issue. Went through multiple emails with their customer support. Tried everything, no resolution. So I have to use Explorer if I want to use their website now.
May 18, 2016 06:46AM

596 As an FYI, here are the rules for the Choice Awards. Just something to keep in mind as we decide what we want to do.

2015 Rules & Eligibility
The 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 01, 2015.

Opening Round: November 03 - 08
Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (see eligibility below).

Semifinal Round: November 10 - 15
The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.

Final Round: November 17 - 23
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!

2015 Eligibility
Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 16, 2014, and November 15, 2015, are eligible for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published between November 16, 2015, and December 31, 2015, will be eligible for the 2016 awards.

We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book's Goodreads statistics to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Goodreads Author category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.
May 2016 (520 new)
May 17, 2016 07:25AM

596 Sterling wrote: "Vanessa wrote: "In my opinion the series only got better Sterling. I'm not a romance or historical fiction kind of person either. I thought the first 3 books were 3-4 star territory, but drums of A..."

I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed Davina Porter's narration. I now eagerly await every new episode of it on Starz which has been very true to the book. When I read the first book and joined the Outlander Group as the one of the few men, one of the women asked me by overall opinion. I said, while not a romance guy, I did enjoy the relationship between Jamie and Claire. I really liked all the medical stuff Claire does and simply the dialogue between the two. Jamie is the guy all the women want and the guy all the men want to be like.

Fantastic series but it does slow down when you get to The Fiery Cross #5. I had some interesting comments in my review of this one.
May 16, 2016 03:05PM

596 Joy wrote: "Finished 11/22/63 a week ago. My first King novel. Loved it."

Was my first King book as well and LOVED it too. Also, enjoyed Mr. Mercedes as my second King book.
May 16, 2016 03:04PM

596 InCrossCreek wrote: "Grumpus,

I asked one of the winners about the actual Audie award. He said most of the physical awards go to the producer, not the narrator. Twitter to the rescue!"

Very interesting. I never thought to use Twitter. So odd that the narrator does not also get a physical award. Just the hired help in their view, I suppose.

Maybe it is an opportunity for the EAR awards, to come up with some sort of physical award we could give the narrators. They are the rock stars in our world. Just an idea to keep in our minds as we figure out what we want to do next year.
May 16, 2016 12:44PM

596 MissSusie wrote: "Here is a post from the APA On How the Audies are Chosen"

Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful, but it still leaves a question unanswered for me. It says publishers submit their selections but does not specify a time frame. Is there a requirement that the submissions be recorded within a calendar year? Or, can they submit work for whenever? Are they able to submit the same work year after year?

Also, just a question out of curiosity. Does anyone know who actually gets the physical Audie? The narrator? The publisher? Are there physical rewards for both? Does the author receive any formal recognition?
May 12, 2016 12:00PM

596 Ooh, I forgot about that. I had made a mental note to ask that Audiobooks be included in the Goodreads Choice Awards, but that thought just drifted away like many others these days.
May 12, 2016 09:59AM

596 Sterling wrote: "What about starting a new thread for early nominations for EAR awards. That way when you listen to a new audio book that you think should be considered for nomination next year others could have th..."

I think we can get there but first we'd have set up some rules for nomination. Do we want to follow the Audie nomination rules? What are they? Do they have to be works recorded in 2016 calendar year? I think Msjodi777 is going to give it some thought too.

I think we could come up with a more useful set of categories for our group as well. If we do, then we won't be able to compare to the Audies. Do we want to go in that direction?

Let's take a little time think about it. Share ideas through PM to me and I'll connect all of us working on the "rules" committee together off the group site and then we can present a vetted plan to the group at some point.
May 12, 2016 09:09AM

596 Absolutely worth considering. Anything that encourages engagement is what I'm always looking for.
May 12, 2016 07:13AM

596 Pamela wrote: "MissSusie wrote: "Best Female Narration goes to: Wild Rover No More read by
Katherine Kellgren"

She's fabulous, inside and out...I felt thrilled to sit with Katy, Scott Brick and his beautiful wi..."

In addition to the only one there that has piloted a 747, the nominees I would have most like to have met would have been Scott Brick and Cassandra Campbell. Scott's work with Alexander Hamilton when I was an audio neophyte and Cassandra's work in the Nefertiti books helped hook me for life.
May 12, 2016 06:33AM

596 Did anyone other than MissSusie and myself watch any of the live stream of the show? If so, what did you think?

Thumbs down for me. The awards were for the spoken voice, yet with the exception of Katherine Kellgren, none of the winners spoke. I wanted to see and hear these people and they were not given the opportunity. Must be a reason. Time? I don't know but found it very disappointing.

We must have set the bar too high with our show :-D, my expectations for the Audies was much higher. I found the host (Paula Poundstone) grating, the presenters dull, the stage was small, the presentation of the nominees was low tech (PowerPoint), and no orchestra :-D. They must have had a smaller budget than us, but I don't see how that's possible based upon ticket prices. Maybe it was the stream and it was better in person but my first Audie experience left me feeling flat and disappointed.
May 12, 2016 06:24AM

596 MissSusie wrote: "The Armchair Audies didn't do much better and we listened to the entire book."

I trying to figure out how to account for this. Does anyone know how many "experts" vote in each category?
May 12, 2016 06:22AM

596 Sterling wrote: "Wow. I am kind of shocked at some of the winners. Obviously I think we did a better job voting than they did. I definitely felt more invested in the outcome this year. I can't wait to do the EAR Aw..."

I've never listened to the Audies before and was shocked at the winners as well. While I agree, it was fun to be more invested, I was shocked that some of the winners were among my least favorites. Not my #2s but my least, easily eliminated choices.

I appreciate the offer of assistance next year. We'll see where we all are as we get closer and I'll post a call for assistance at that time.
May 12, 2016 06:18AM

596 We ended up 5 out of 25. You would think the fans know better than the "experts". Many of our 2nd choices didn't even win. If you took the average of our rankings in the last column, you 'd get 2.96. Big discrepency. Oh well, it was still a blast. The recap is below

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May 11, 2016 08:02PM

596 MissSusie wrote: "Audiobook of the Year is THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!,"

Well we agree on the Big Award.
6 for 24
May 11, 2016 07:58PM

596 MissSusie wrote: "Best Female Narration goes to: Wild Rover No More read by
Katherine Kellgren"

5 for 23 but Yay, Katherine. I too have a crush on Cassandra Campbell.
May 11, 2016 07:55PM

596 MissSusie wrote: "Best Male Narrator goes to George Guidall"

5 for 22
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