I’ve been thinking a lot lately about audiobooks. I can count on one hand the number of audiobooks I have listened to in my lifetime….not counting, of course, the Rainbow Brite book-on-tapes that I would listen to, and follow along with my finger in the book. Since become involved in the world of blogging, I’ve noticed how very many people listen to audiobooks. From what I gather, many of them are also avid readers of books in hard print, but they like to listen to audiobooks to supplement their reading list.
I’m not quite certain why I’ve never hopped on this train. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a Kindle, Sony Reader, or *gasp* an iPhone, all technological tools which make the downloading of books easy as pie. Maybe it’s because I adore the feel of a book in my hands, the reclining in bed as I read at night until my eyes start to close. Maybe it’s because I hate the thought of listening to a condensed version of anything, yet am hugely intimidated by the thought of listening to 18 plus hours of something.
One of the perks of blogging, and getting to peruse numerous wonderful blogs, is that one is exposed to an enormous number of wonderful sounding books. All which, I of course, want to read–right.this.very.instance. But when you think of it in terms of “time I want to spend immersed in a book” versus “time I actually get to spend immersed in a book”, I worry that I will never be able to get to all of the bookish goodness!! And this is where I wonder if I’m missing something by not being on the audiobook train.
So, dear friends, what are your thoughts? Are you an AA (audiobook advocate) or not? How do you listen to them? When & where do you listen? Do you prefer them to holding a book in your hands? Do you have titles/series that you prefer listening to rather than read, maybe because of the wonderful narrator? I need some advice peeps, so that I can decide if this is train I want/need to jump on! Thanks in advance for your thoughts.