Interview with a Listener: Shannon Gray

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

Listener Shannon Gray

Shannon Gray just listened to Cup N Cake, by Teresa Ives Lilly, narrated by Kate Tyler! Cup N Cake is a contemporary romance set in a sea-side east coast village.

Cup N Cake is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.

Hi Shannon!

Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about you as an audiobook listener, as well as your impressions of this audiobook!

First, some particulars:

Your Name: Shannon Gray

Title of the Book You Just Listened To:

Cup N Cake, by Teresa Ives Lilly, narrated by Kate Tyler.

In What City do you live?

Hatch, New Mexico

IHS: Can you give us a ballpark to know how “avid” an audiobook listener you are:  How many audiobooks have you listened to in the past 12 months?

Shannon: From March to now (end of June) I have listened and reviewed 79 audio books. Now I know that seems like a lot but if you look at my review page ( you’ll see a whole lot of short stories and kids stories. I also have quite a few medium ones (3-8 hours) and several long ones (10+ hours).

IHS: That's a lot! Awesome! What was your favorite part about this particular audiobook?

Shannon: Cup N Cake is the book I’ll choose for this. It is a clean, Christian romance by Teresa Ives Lilly. What I liked the most about this romance was that the Christian part wasn’t preachy or over-the-top like a lot are apt to be. Ms. Lilly kept the religion to a bare minimum and I appreciated that. Most books in the Christian genre tend to be a bit too “in your face” about the person’s beliefs. Now, don’t get me wrong, to each their own and I have no problems with anyone’s beliefs but sometimes authors go a bit overboard and it comes across as preachy to those of us who are not of the same faith. This book though, it was just a mention here and there. The story itself was a joy and I really enjoyed that the main characters weren’t perfect. Penny and Kyle are very relatable characters and watching the relationship grow was great.

IHS: Okay, How did you get into listening to audiobooks? Were you a reader first?

Shannon: I’m not totally sure how I got started with audiobooks, somewhere I signed up to Audiobook Boom’s weekly newsletter. However it took me about three to four months of newsletters to finally take a chance on signing up for a few books and I wish I had tried sooner. I am an avid reader and was on several ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) teams until life became too busy to actually sit down and read a book. I still love reading; be it a physical book or an ebook. I will always love reading and thanks to audio books, I can also listen while doing other things.

IHS: Out of curiosity, when do you listen to audiobooks? That is, what are you usually doing when you are listening to audiobooks?

Shannon: Usually I’m on my computer playing several games or organizing files when I’m listening to the audiobooks but sometimes I’ll also listen while I’m doing chores.

IHS: Listeners, like book readers, often have their favorite niche or genre, and things they don’t like to get into. What kinds of books do love, and whi