Best Audiobooks of 2013 Blog Hop & Giveaway: January 1-15 is hosting a best Audiobooks of 2013 blog hop with the awesome grand prize of a six month membership to Visit for a chance to win the grand prize, read reviews, and find links to other blogs participating in the blog hop — with their own giveaways.
I was happy to find this blog hop because 2013 deepened my appreciation for audiobooks. And when I talk to people about audiobooks, it’s great to hear (no pun intended) that even with what seems like an insurmountably busy schedule, book lovers can find time to listen to a narrator tell a story — usually in the car. So never despair if it seems like you don’t have time to read because you can always find time to listen.

And here are my three picks:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, written by James Thurber and narrrated by Ben Stiller:
Walter Mitty is a classic and timeless story about a meek man who fantasizes about being the equivalent of James Bond. Ben Stiller brings vitality to fantasy scenes and humor to reality scenes. He’s an awesome narrator.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is available at Audible:
Since this blog hop allows for picks that weren’t necessarily published in 2013, I also picked Winter Dreams and A Moveable Feast.
Winter Dreams, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald and narrated by Jay Kaplan.
From the moment a girl is described as “arrestingly beautiful” to the end of this short story, I was reminded that no one captures love as eloquently as Fitzgerald. Jay Kaplan’s narration carries the right emotion.
Winter Dreams is available at Audible:
A Moveable Feast: Restored Edition written by Ernest Hemingway and narrated by John Bedford Lloyd.
This is a restored edition of Hemingway’s delicious memoir about life in Paris during the 1920s with his first wife, Hadley, his beloved cat, Mr. Bumby, and some friends. F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Ford Maddox Ford, Gertrude Stein and Salvadore Dali are among his friends. With John Bedford Lloyd’s skilled narration, I felt transported to 1920s Paris.
A Moveable Feast: Restored Edition is available at Audible:
And I’m giving away audiobook copies of Franklin Loves Lucy, written by Mary Matthews and narrated by Lee Ann Howlett and Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Boxed Set Volume I, written by Mary Matthews and narrated by Sheila Book. This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win. Wishing everyone a fabulous 2014!

Franklin finds me standing at my desk. Standing behind me, he whispers, “Lovely Lucy,” and his hands meet around my waist.
“You’re a thin girl.”
“Some would say I’m in reduced circumstances. I like to think of it as reducing circumstances.”

Lucy Mercer fell on hard times when her family lost their money. She took a job as Eleanor Roosevelt’s social secretary. Told from Lucy’s perspective, Franklin Loves Lucy is the story of a relationship that began when Franklin Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and ended when he was President and took his last breath with Lucy by his side.

Never, ever did I feel more desired than I did during the hot summer days and nights with him. Our glorious existential world. Everyone deserves one great affair in their lives. Franklin was mine.
Franklin Loves Lucy is available at Audible:

Grace and Jack romp through the 1920s with magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, who solve mysteries without missing a nap.

In Splendid Summer, when Grace Wentworth loses her guardian and all her money, hot WWI flyboy and Pinkerton detective, Jack Brewster, gets the case. They meet on a romantic train journey from New York to California.

A white cat sat against his pillows, grooming a paw.
“Do you sleep with her?”
“No, we’re just good friends,” he replied.

In Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts, Grace, Jack, and magical cool cats Tatania and Zeus, race bootleggers to find an extraordinary jewel collection. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Ametheysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women.

Grace looked at a ticket Helen held. It read: Good for one in a Pierce Arrow for the Suffragette March.

“I thought it was a march.”

“Bless your heart, Grace. When one can ride in a nice Pierce Arrow why walk? One can show one’s support from a luxury car just as well. Those with a chauffeur also serve.”In A Christmas Feral, Judge Scrooge won’t even heat his home for Christmas. Judge Scrooge says that when you pay the bill, you don’t feel the cold. When Judge Scrooge rules incorrectly in a cat dispute, magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, teach him the meaning of keeping Christmas and cats.

In Cher Ami, two people drop dead within minutes of each other. They appear unrelated. Grace, Jack, Tatania, and Zeus find the story of Cher Ami, a WWI carrier pigeon with the heart of a lion.

It’s not easy to get seven years of sleep in each year. Cats do their best. Since cats live seven years for each human one, naps are mandatory. Tatania, a fluffy white deaf Persian, and Zeus, a black and white with a little pink nose, were napping when the commotion began in Coronado Tent City. They sprawled across the bed’s middle.

Grace slipped on a sleeveless dress with a scalloped hemline.

“Feels a little chilly,” she said, rubbing her shoulders, “should I put on a sweater?”

“With the heat I generate, you won’t need one. Just stick close to me,” Jack said.

Grace, Jack & Magical Cool Cats Boxed Set Vol I is available at Audible:
Grace, Jack & Magical Cool Cats Boxed Set Vol I is also on Kindle:
Grace, Jack & Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol I

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