Monday, June 21, 2010
I turned to audiobooks at a point in my life where I was working crazy hours and commuting 2+ hours per day by car - I was overworked and missed my downtime with books that had been part of my nightly ritual since I was a child. A friend lent me an audiobook and I started listening to and from work - by the end of that first week, I was sitting outside my building in the car each night just trying to finish that last chapter! I was completely sold on audiobooks and they made my commute so much more bearable - I looked forward to to drive home every night (even the Tunnel Traffic!)
Even with my new found love for audiobooks, I waded in very carefully - I only listened to non-fiction at first and tried to listened to books that I felt might be too dry or long/intimidating to read. I soon had the realization that audiobooks are a bit like wine - if you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it . . . if you wouldn't read it, you probably won't enjoy listening to it either! I still listen to mostly non-fiction but have branched out to fiction and love being "read to"!
Why audiobooks - they allow me to read while I am otherwise occupied (walking, driving etc) and it is brings books alive and entertains me in a different way than reading. It is certainly not an "either/or" proposition for me - I still read many books in print but I use audiobooks to augment my reading. If you are skeptical, jump in and give them a try - you might find yourself a convert! If you are interested in some audiobook recommendations, here are a few audiobooks I have enjoyed recently:
You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning (review here)
Notes From A Small Island (review here)
David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure (review here)
Posted by Booksnyc at 9:47 PM