Audio Books

Audiobooks Rock

Audiobooks Rock (Photo credit: Lester Public Library)

I am slow to embrace new technology (and in this case old technology). Don’t get me wrong. I’ll do it but usually with a shove.

Like when iPods were the cool new product? I waited until the second or third generation before getting one.

Or, when eReaders started gobbling up market share? I waited till Kindle was in its third generation before getting one.

And, when smart-phones became ALL the rage? I waited for the iPhone to be in its fourth generation before getting one.

With tablets? I’m still vacillating even though we have two in our household.

Okay … if I’m telling the truth … my husband pushed me into the realm of these great devices. As a matter of fact, each time he suggested one I balked. So he purchased each one as gifts which I placed on shelves and told him he shouldn’t have spent the money.

HAHAHA. I know … Ingrate!

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite (Photo credit: Zero2Cool_DE)

Now, I don’t know what I would do without these wonderful toys. I’m addicted to my iPhone and would be lost without my Kindle Paperwhite (my second Kindle); especially when I travel. (Don’t tell my husband how much I love these. He’ll never let me live it down.)

How long have audio books been around? You know? Books on tape or CD.

Now you can download them to just about any electronic device and have the luxury of someone else reading to you.

Honestly, it’s an idea that never appealed to me before.

Even when I lived in Southern California and had long commutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I didn’t have the urge to buy a book in this format.

I used to value the quiet on my drive to work. It’s the only place I can control the volume around me. No noise was perfect. Until I realized there’s a lot of stuff I need to read or know about writing.

My current commute is less than 20 minutes which is the perfect amount of time to listen to a podcast (sometimes it takes the round trip).

So I find myself entering this new world of listening to messages instead of reading them for myself; which brings me to my first foray into an audio book. (Photo credit: insidetwit)

Many of the podcasts I listen to are sponsored by I mentioned to my husband that I might want to try it out … and not surprising, he already had an account.

I downloaded my first book: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I’m almost finished listening to the story which is a wonderfully well done back-story that plays on the myth of Father Time.

I’m still adjusting to the voice talent who has a British accent, I enjoy, until he mimics a teenage girl speaking with an American accent.

Also, I’m still not convinced that this is should be considered “reading”. It feels more like cheating. Still, I got a good story out of it. I was entertained for 4+ hours.

What do you think about audio books: Yay or Nay? If yay, please let me know of any titles that are worth the listen.

In case you’re wondering … here’s my current podcast list. Feel free to tell me your favorites so I can check them out.

  • Grammar Girl
  • I Should Be Writing
  • Literary Disco
  • Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
  • The Moth
  • Writing Excuses
  • Your Move 

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  1. I’m a big fan of audio books as I’m doing something else. I don’t see it as cheating, but I’m a bit biased, as I started my foray into audio books when I was working at a library for the blind (where they’re called talking books). A lot of my job was rote work, so to keep my brain entertained, I listened to books from the collection. I got to listen to a number of things that I wouldn’t have thought twice about, reread things that I would never have found the time to, and really enjoyed the variations in readers. (The Harry Potter commercial audio books are AMAZING. The reader has won awards for them.)

    • I like that … “talking books”. All books speak, right? I won’t feel like I’m cheating any more. Thanks for the perspective Stephanie. I am currently enjoying Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell via talking book. It’s good so far. 32 hours! 🙂 Well worth it.

      • It’s true, all books do speak in some way or another! Glad I could help 😉

        I wonder if I would’ve felt differently about JS&MN if I had listened to it, rather than read the print version? There are some books I have had the HARDEST time with in print that I finally got through in audio (Lord of the Rings *immediately* comes to mind).


      • 🙂
        Regarding JS&MN, you’re right. I couldn’t read through it but it’s a good listen. I enjoyed reading Lord of the Rings trilogy but it took me almost a year. Same with Pillars of the Earth. Happy reading!

      • Pillars of the Earth did take me a while, too… I didn’t have the heart to read the second one. I wonder if I tried it on audio?

        And glad to hear that JS&MN is a different experience audio… I may have to give it a whirl.

        Happy reading to you, too!

  2. LOL! I’ve always been intrigued by audio books, but have never actually listened to one. My biggest issue is that I am not an auditory person –at all – so, I usually drift off into other realms of my wandering brain. I managed to get through a podcast the other day, but it was a struggle.

  3. I like “The Moth” too – wonderful storytelling. You should check out “This American Life” as well – it’s another podcast I listen to during my commute that you may enjoy.

    I’m looking forward to exploring the podcasts you mentioned that I’m not familiar with – thanks!


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