Podcast Episode 3: Susie from Novel Visits (Fiction Audiobook Recommendations)

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In Episode 3, I’m back to my regular format with Susie from the blog Novel Visits (one of my top recommendation sources!). Susie recently fell in love with audiobooks and, unlike me, listens to fiction on audio. Join us for her fiction audiobook recommendations!

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  • Why listening to audiobooks is not cheating.
  • The sign you’re listening to a great audiobook.
  • The one book that really turned Susie on to audiobooks.
  • Susie’s favorite audiobook narrators (Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell, Therese Plummer).
  • Sarah’s all-time favorite audiobook (it’s a miracle…I am actually able to pick just one!).
  • Susie’s favorite apps to listen to audiobooks.
  • Sarah’s take on the problem with thrillers these days.

Susie’s Fiction Audiobook Recommendations

Two OLD Audiobooks She Loves

Two NEW Audiobooks She Loves

One Audiobook She Didn’t Love

One Upcoming Release She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Susie

Susie Boutry of Novel VisitsBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve long afternoons at the library and then reading late into the night. More than ten years ago, I began journaling about the books I read and turned that passion into writing about books. My first forays were as a guest reviewer on a friend’s blog, but I soon realized I wanted to be reviewing and talking about books on a blog of my own. From there, Novel Visits was born. That was in 2016 and, though the learning curve was steep, I love being a part of the book community. Novel Visits focuses on new novel reviews (print and audio), previews of upcoming releases, and musings on all things bookish.

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What are some of your favorite fiction audiobooks?

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  1. Jan wrote:

    What a terrific episode! I loved hearing both of you talk audiobooks!
    All of Susie’s top audiobooks are my top ones too except for The Power, which I’ve never read. But it’s now on reserve

    I wouldn’t change a thing Sarah, I’ve enjoyed all of the episodes. Love the format.

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you so much!! I’m so enjoying doing the podcast and getting to talk with so many people I’ve only communicated with on the Internet!

      Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  2. Kathy wrote:

    Love the new podcast, especially this episode! Two of my favorite book bloggers together at the same time!!! My list of audiobooks to listen to just grew a lot, which is a very good thing.

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      So happy to hear that and that you got some great audiobook recs out of it!

      Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  3. Susan Coombs wrote:

    I am loving your podcasts! I listen to them on Google Podcasts but for the life of me can not find where to leave a 5 star review. All the best. – Susan

    Posted 1.17.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Hmm – I don’t use Google Podcasts, but I just google’d this (https://www.komando.com/tips/492957/how-to-leave-a-podcast-review-on-itunes-and-on-google-play) and apparently Google doesn’t have a rate and review feature?!! I literally cannot believe it!

      If you have iTunes on your computer or somewhere other than your phone, you can definitely leave a rating and review there. If not, just make sure to subscribe spread the word to all your reader friends!

      And, I totally appreciate you going out of your way to try to leave a rating and a review! Thank you!

      Posted 1.17.19 Reply
  4. susan wrote:

    Thanks Sarah I enjoyed the podcast …. and now I look for it every Wednesday. Very entertaining and informative. Just a quick question : you mentioned the Libby app and I’m still using OverDrive …. should I switch and what’s the difference? Just visually? or Does Libby offer more books? I wish it did ….

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you so much, Susan! So glad to hear that! I think Libby is just easier to use than Overdrive. I like that it allows you to combine all your libraries in one place (if you’re a member of multiple library systems, which I am). The audiobook listening portion of the app is also a lot more user friendly than Overdrive. Libby offers the same books as Overdrive…that’s driven by your actual library system, not the app itself.

      Posted 1.18.19 Reply

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