The Bookaholic Cat Likes Them Long and Complex

Posted June 25, 2014 by Jennifer in Blogger Guest Post, JIAM | | 19 Comments

I Like Them Long and Complex!

The other day I was talking with a friend about the lengths of the audiobooks. She was saying that the length of the audiobook intimidates some people. For some, an over 12 hours audiobook is a too long audiobook. I realized I’m completely the opposite. Sometimes I skip audiobooks when I see they are short (less than 10 hours). I like my audiobooks long and I like them complex. What do I mean when I say I like them complex? I like when my audiobooks have many characters, especially if they have two narrators, those are my favorite audiobooks ever.

I also realized my favorite genre on audiobooks is Fantasy. I love to listen to fantasy audiobooks, loooove them! I think I enjoy listening to fantasy audiobooks more than reading the books. This might be because some of the first audiobooks I ever listen to, were The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and those audiobooks are loooong and have two narrators. The shortest audiobook in that series is 23 hours and 31 minutes long and the longest is 41 hours and 55 minutes.

I’m currently listening to The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, this one is 22 hours and 44 minutes and it has so many characters that mentioning all of them here will take me a long time. It has only one narrator, but Michael Page does an excellent job bringing them all to life. I’m loving every single minute of it and have only couple of hours left to finish it.

I already have my next audiobook ready, that will be The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and that one is 45 hours and 37 minutes of greatness and many characters, but the best part is that it has two narrators! Win! Win!

Does the length of the audiobooks intimidate you? Or are you like me, the longer the better?


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Books are my passion, I’m an bookaholic. For me there is nothing better than a good book. I love my eReader, I think is one of the best inventions ever and I usually have it with me all the time. My favorite genres are Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and anything that can make me experience a different world… I’m married to a wonderful man, who loves me and makes me laugh everyday, with him life is never boring. We have two beautiful cats Kosita aka My Princess and Ellie aka Evil Kitty. I’m a cat lover so if you love cats for sure we will get along well.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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19 responses to “The Bookaholic Cat Likes Them Long and Complex

  1. The length of a single book doesn’t bother me. However, if all the books in the series are long, I’m hesitate to start, just like I would be for a series that has 20+ books. I’ve thought about trying GRRM’s Fire and Ice series, but it’s over 200 hours.

    I think for me, it would just make me double check to be sure that I will enjoy. I don’t DNF many books and I don’t want to commit to a long book that I might not enjoy. If I’m confident that I’ll enjoy, then no issue.

  2. YvonneJ

    I listened to the first seven of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series back-to-back…they run between 33 to 57 hrs each. I won’t even try to read her newest book Written in My Own Heart’s Blood until I can get the audio because Davina Porter does such an excellent job with the narration.

  3. When I choose an audiobook, I don’t even look at the running time unless I feel like the book is really rambling on, then I check to see if it is really worth investing the rest of the time in. I also look when I am wanting the book to go on longer and I torture myself with the whole “I only have an hour left! How will this end!” LOL

  4. I don’t have a preference per say, though I do think I would be a bit hesitant to take on an audio book that’s 40+ hours (but I’m also hesitant to take on a book that’s 600+ pages). I’d have to be pretty certain that I was going to like it first. I’ve read super quick audiobooks (1 hr) and I’m pretty sure the longest one I’ve listened to was about 18 hours. It depends on my mood! Great post!

  5. You are CRAZY. Crazy, I tell you, LOL. Yes, if I did listen to audiobooks, I would most definitely be intimidated by the length of your favorites. *shakes head* But strangely I’m not intimidated by the overlarge books themselves . . . hmmm.

  6. I don’t even think about how long an audiobook is. I don’t mind long books at all. I enjoy Fantasy books too, I still laugh when I think about your experience with the sexy scenes on audio…LOL
    I recently got The Way of King, I’ll be starting it soon, I hope. Your review got me excited.
    Great post!

    • I can’t do sex scenes, I have tried… and fail. 🙂
      OMG! I’m so excited about you listening to The Way of Kings, I’m sure you are going to love it. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

  7. I don’t mind listening to long audiobooks, if the story is entertaining I don’t even think about it. I still laugh when I think of your experience with the sexy scenes on audio..LOL
    I enjoyed fantasy too. I got The War of King and I can’t wait to listen after reading your review.

  8. I haven’t thought really thought about the length but I do prefer non-fiction audios. I’ve tried listening to Styxx, I wasn’t able to finish it. It got too much so moving forward, I don’t think I’d be able to listen to BDSM erotica or violent novels that I so love reading.

    • I also can’t listen to audiobooks where there are many sex scenes, especially when they are very descriptive. I can’t do romance, erotica, BDSM, and only few urban fantasy series.

  9. Patti (@lovesfabromance)

    I do a lot of driving for work so I like them long because I want the story to last.

  10. I think around 19 hours is the longest audio I’ve listen to so far. I like the “short” ones that’s only 7-9 hours long because I can generally get those done in one day at work.

    • My record is Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, it was 48 hrs and 15 mins of complete awesomeness. It took me 3 days listening from morning to very late at night or early in the morning (4 am), but it was so good I couldn’t put it down. I even forgot I had a husband… I didn’t forget the cats though. 😉

  11. Danielle H

    I like long audiobook too. There was an one I was looking at the other week and it was only 8 hours and thought that’s too short, I’ll read it.

    I’ve got the audio of The Way of Kings. I’ve read The Wheel of Time books, but I will get them on audio at some point.

    I’ll have a look at The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.

    So yes, the longer the better.

    • I’m the same, a short audiobook is a no-no for me.
      Last week I finished The Way of Kings and it was excellent, one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened. I liked it so much I immediately download and listened second book, World of Radiance. It took me three days of constant listening, but it was worth it, it was as good or better than The Way of Kings.