Welcome to the Friday the 13th stop on the audiobook tour for Karin Slaughter’s CRIMINAL!

I’m grateful to the good folks at AudioGO for the opportunity to participate because as good as the print edition of CRIMINAL is (here’s my review), it also lends itself perfectly to audio.

I don’t think every story is perfect for audio…some stories are just better read out loud than others. For example, I think “The Wizard of Oz” series is perfect for reading aloud. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD? Less so.

CRIMINAL is perfect for audio because it has a clear storytelling voice throughout, and descriptions of people, places, and events that come alive when read out loud. Also, who doesn’t like to be told about what life was like lo these many years ago? I was a bit nervous to hear someone outside my own head giving voice to beloved characters—especially Will Trent—but narrator Kathleen Early does a super job.

I don’t get the opportunity to listen to as many audiobooks as I would like to (in part because my commute consists of walking across the living room), and so I have really enjoyed reading reviews from the other bloggers participating in this tour (links below), all of whom have more audiobook expertise than I do. Some of the participants have read or listened to Karin’s books before and some have not…it’s been kind of like a big old online audiobookclub experience, and I highly recommend following along!

Also, the CRIMINAL audiobook is featured today on the FridayReads Facebook page, complete with giveaway.

So…would you like to hear some of the audiobook for yourself? AudioGo has done something very cool with the first chapter: they gave a short clip to each blogger on the tour. So you can start with the one here…but I really recommend you begin at the beginning.

If you’ve listened to other audio clips on the tour so far, then you know that Karin Slaughter pulls no punches with the language in CRIMINAL, and so you might not want to play this one on full volume at the office.


Here are all the blog tour stops:

Monday, July 9: Literate Housewife
Tuesday, July 10: Teresa’s Reading Corner
Thursday, July 12: Book Addict Reviews
Friday, July 13: You Are Here
Monday, July 16: Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog
Tuesday, July 17: You’ve GOTTA Read This!
Wednesday, July 18: Alison’s Book Marks
Thursday, July 19: Jen’s Book Thoughts

And here’s the clip: