*** Why Audio Books? ***
I love to read, but more than that, I love a good story. I also love to learn new things. My TBR (to-be-read) list has hundreds of books on it, and it is growing all the time. There is no way that I could read all these books in the time allotted to me, and besides, there are times that holding a book in front of my face just isn't possible (driving comes to mind ...). Enter audio books.
I grew up listening to reruns of the old time radio shows from the 1940s on the weekends with my parents, and I think my love of storytelling was nurtured then. Sunday nights in our house we'd have the radio tuned in to WAMU, the radio station from American University in Washington, DC and we'd all listen to shows like Gunsmoke, Lum and Abner, Dragnet, and others while we did homework, cleaned our rooms, or whatever. It was a weekly routine that I didn't want to miss.
Nowadays I take every opportunity I can to pop in an audio book and listen to a great story - it is a pleasure I wouldn't want to trade.
*** When Do I Listen? ***
Places that I CAN listen successfully: in my car (my very favorite place for audio books), at work while filing, at home while doing dishes/laundry.
Places that I CANNOT listen successfully: at work while actually working, at home while on the computer, in the car with Kiddo.
For me to really enjoy an audio book I have to give it my (relatively) undivided attention. This is especially true of books that I've not read/listened to before. Those require the most "effort" on my part because I truly do need to concentrate on paying attention to the story. If I am revisiting an old favorite, as I did recently with Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and the Wheel of Time series, I can listen anywhere, anytime, because it is fine if my mind wanders; I know the story so well that I won't really miss anything.
*** How Do I Choose? ***
You may think I have some super scientific method for choosing which audio books to listen to, and I do. Want to know what it is? Here's my secret:
- open my TBR list
- enter titles from the list into my library's website
- search for any TBR titles that are available in audio
- check out any that I find
Of course, this does sometimes lead to problems. There are some books that are simply MEANT to be read, not listened to. When I come across those I usually give up on the audio version and put the book back on my TBR list with a note that says to get the book next time.
*** Questions For You ***
Here's what I want to know from you:
- If you are an audio book lover, what is it that you enjoy about them?
- Where is the best place for you to listen? Why?
- How do you choose which books to listen to versus which books to read? Is your method super scientific like mine? :)
- If you are not a fan of audio books, why not? What can I do to change your mind?!