Interview: Paul Stokes, the Brain Behind The Audio Book Reviewer

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Heya folks, please give a warm welcome to fellow audiobook blogger Paul Stokes! He’s graciously stopped by for an interview. There’s bonsai trees, obstacle courses, and plenty more up for discussion. Don’t forget to check out Paul’s links to the blog’s audiobook giveaway site and his specially designed zombie apocalypse t-shirt!

How did you get into book blogging? And why specifically audiobooks?

For years I ran a fairly successful blog about bonsai trees. Then I got a office job after being in landscape construction for 17 years. I found it to be quite boring sitting inside all day, day after day. With nothing for the mind to focus on other than other people’s phone conversations and discussions about work related stuff. I started to listen to music on a daily basis and discovered that music plus earbuds pounding the brain all day in close quarters gave me really bad headaches. I do not remember how I initially found audible.com but I did and signed up for their free trial, I think I got two free books. The first audiobook that I listened to was Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry and I was hooked. Then I found myself debating on what my next audiobook choice was going to be. I started looking for reviews, because I didn’t want to waste a credit on something bad. I ran across many audiobook reviews sites, however there were way more print book only review sites and some print and audiobook review sites.

If you had to choose someone to rescue you from the jaws of certain death would it be a superhero, supernatural creature, or a space alien?

Superhero, hands down. Because superheroes are awesome.

When you are not reading/listening or blogging, what do you do?

I work for a company that makes websites and printed materials for association conferences. I make around 2 websites a day. This is why I have so much time for audiobook listening. I also work part time for the American Bonsai Association as their webmaster and social media manager.

Your blog features many reviews on works by small publishers and indie authors. Is that simply how it worked out or is there a push by you to feature these works?

In the beginning I wanted to only review audiobooks from the big publishers. Then I started to get more and more requests from the independents. Now I work with both, but focusing much more on the little guys who deserve a shot. Some of the best audiobooks I have listened to were from independent authors or publishers.

If everyone came with warning labels, what would yours say?

Not afraid to speak his mind or the truth. It is not his fault if you get angry, frightened, or defensive while interacting with him.

Is there a book to movie/TV adaptation that you found excellent? Is there a PC game to book adaptation that worked for you?

Nope, sorry.

Care to share an awkward fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your blog…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?

This would have to be when I had the chance to interview Ray Porter, one of my favorite narrators. You can read some of my gushing here: http://audiobookreviewer.com/interview/narrator-ray-porter/

What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?

Would have to be time travel. If you go back in time and kill your fathers father what will happen to you?

What is the first book you remember reading on your own?

It would be The Gunslinger by Stephen King, 5th grade.

You have to run an obstacle course. Who do you invite along (living or dead, real or fictional)? Will there be a tasty libation involved?

I would invite Joe Ledger, Michael Talbot, Adrian Ring and Tesser. All fictional because real people usually suck.

Finally, what ongoing or upcoming events would you like to share with the readers?

We almost always have giveaways of all sorts of audiobooks going on.

In a special promotion to not only raise awareness of ABR but to give something special back to the audiobook community, ABR had a custom tee shirt designed and are available for purchase at teespring.com

http://teespring.com/audiobook-and-zombie-apocalyps

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