Audio Books

I have very little time to read these days. So I’ve taken to listening to audio book while driving and while I’m at the gym. The cons? It takes forever to finish a book. I read very quickly, about a hundred pages an hour, so listening to someone read a book aloud often makes the pace of a book feel slower. However, audio books also force me slow down and appreciate the prose–or not–depending on the book.

Two of my favorite listens so far have been Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan and Pines by Blake Crouch. Both had great stories, but also terrific voice actors that brought the story to life and let me forget I was climbing an endless set of imaginary steps at the gym.

Cons to audio books? Enjoyment is affected by the narrator.  There have been a few instances when I’ve switched back to reading because I hated a narrator’s voice or the way he or she depicted a certain character.  (Amazon has a feature on some kindle books called Whispersync for Voice that allows you to buy the audio book at a reduced price if you already own the kindle version. You can then switch back and forth between the two versions. The Kindle and Audible apps sync automatically.  I can’t say how much I love this feature.)

What do you think about audio books?  Love them? Hate them?  I’m always looking for a good story to listen to at the gym. Does anyone have a recommendation for a great audio book?


5 responses to “Audio Books

  1. I love love love audiobooks! Let me recommend three of my favorite book+narrator combos of this year: AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton, read by Katherine Kellgren; THE CURSE OF CHALION by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Lloyd James; and PALADIN OF SOULS by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Kate Reading. (There are more, but I’ll start with the best.)

  2. I’ll have to check all these out. Thank you1

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  4. found this via a WordPress suggestion of posts for my own audio book article; i have 5 books narrated recently, and have to agree, the narrator makes a huge difference; and a good reading brings another dimension to the whole creative work; best wishes 🙂

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