the joys of audiobooks

I’ve recently re-discovered audiobooks and fallen in love with them. And so, a list! Oh, the many things I love about audiobooks: Audio-Books-creative-commons-e1365523472774

  • I actually read. I’m a terrible reader. I mean, I’m a good reader, I’m a fast reader, but I work full-time and I try to be a writer and spend time with family and friends…well, you get the idea. My to-read list is huge, but when I have time, I tend to have short bursts of it (and it therefore takes me 2 months to read a novel) or I choose to do something else.
  • They make me a better a driver. You might think they’d be distracting, and maybe they are, but only in the best possible way. Let’s just say, it’s better for me to be yelling at a character who’s driving me crazy than at another driver, who might just actually be crazy.
  • The narration. Oh man, some of these performances! Listening is a completely different experience than reading alone. World War Z was really the first one that completely blew my mind, but it’s happened several times since. The downside is that a book can be hurt by less-than-stellar narration, but I find that much less often.

One thought on “the joys of audiobooks

  1. farahout says:

    I worked at a community college in Charlottesville 100 miles from home for 8 years. I had a place in C’ville but I drove home every weekend and usually every Wednesday night. Soo lots of time for audio books. I remember one day driving on the new bypass (avoids 29N through Madison Heights and by SBC-you may remember the old route) and was listening to The Kite Runner and was yelling at the author, “Don’t you dare!” about something I now don’t remember when I noticed a blue flashing light in my rearview mirror. Apparently my speed had climbed with the suspense to 80+ mph. Yes, some books are better for me to read than listen to while driving.

    My favorite readers include Jim Dale who read the Harry Potter series-simply amazing ability to have a distinctly different voice for each of so many characters to the point that I would know which character was speaking before the text identified him/her. Then there’s Tony Mantegna’s reading of Robert B. Parker’s novels. He gets the tone just right. The great readers so merge with the material that you forget you’re listening in the way you forget you’re reading when absorbed in a great book.


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